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Soy Sauce Brined Turkey

Yield: Makes 12-16 servings


  • 12-16 pound turkey thawed

For the brine:

  • 2 gallons cold water
  • 10 ounces Kikkoman┬« Soy Sauce
  • 1/2 cup kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup sugar

For the roast:

  • 1 stick butter softened
  • 2 tablespoons dried sage
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme or poultry seasoning
  • 1 large sweet onion peeled and quartered
  • 4 cloves garlic peeled


  • Remove giblets and turkey neck; rinse turkey inside and out.
  • In a large stock pot or 5 gallon container, mix water with remaining brining ingredients.
  • Stir well until all salt dissolves.
  • Place turkey in the pot, cover with a lid and marinate in the refrigerator for at least 8 hours or overnight.
  • The next day...preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  • Remove turkey from brine, rinsing well.
  • Pat dry then rub butter in thick layers all over and under the skin.
  • Rub on seasonings then stuff with onion and garlic.
  • Place on a roasting rack inside a large baking pan.
  • Follow cooking instructions according your turkey {I baked a 12lb turkey for 3 1/2hrs}.
  • Tent with foil 1/2 way through.
  • Remove from oven, carve, and serve.


Adapted from kikkoman.com