How to bake a turkey in the oven

Creole Roasted Turkey

This Creole Roasted Turkey recipe is part of a family recipe that gives an oven roasted turkey a flavor that will leave guests asking YOU for the recipe for their own Thanksgiving turkey!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword how to bake a turkey, thankgiving turkey, whole turkey recipe
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Resting Time 15 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 20 minutes
Servings 12 people
Calories 317kcal
Author Jessica Burgess



  • 1 Whole Turkey 12-14 lbs

Injected Marinade

  • 14.5 oz can chicken broth
  • 4 oz onion juice bottled or homemade
  • 2 tbsp garlic juice
  • 2 tbsp liquid smoke
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • juice from 1 lemon


  • 1/3 cup creole seasoning
  • 4 tbsp yellow mustard the condiment, not the dried spice


  • In medium-size bowl, mix together all ingredients for marinade.
  • Preferably the night before baking, inject completely thawed turkey with the marinade mixture and let sit overnight. 
  • When ready to bake, pre-heat oven to 475 degrees.
  • While pre-heating, mix together "rub" (mustard and creole seasoning) in a small bowl. 
  • Coat outside of turkey with 1/2 of rub, apply about a 1/4 under the skin around the neck, and then use the remaining rub to coat the inside walls of the turkey.
  • Place turkey on rack and roasting pan and bake in 475 degree oven for 30 minutes, then reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees.
  •  Bake until internal temperature of turkey reaches the proper food and safety requirements of at least 165 degrees. (See notes in blog post for recommended thermometer placement to receive accurate temperature readings.)


Please keep in mind that the nutritional information provided below is just a rough estimate and variations can occur depending on the specific ingredients used. 


Serving: 1g | Calories: 317kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 47g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 154mg | Sodium: 456mg | Potassium: 561mg | Vitamin A: 120IU | Vitamin C: 4.3mg | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 2.2mg