Recipe By McCormick Spice
Published Oct 4th
McCormick® Savory Herb Rub Roasted Turkey
Prep 20m Cook 3h 30m Additional - Ready In 3h 50m
Servings 12 servings Calories 815.2

The herb rub lends delicious savory flavor to the outside of your turkey, while basting keeps the meat juicy inside. Reserve the pan juices to make gravy or serve with the turkey.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons McCormick® Rubbed Sage or McCormick® Poultry Seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon McCormick® Paprika
  • 1 tablespoon seasoned salt
  • 2 teaspoons McCormick® Garlic Powder
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Black Pepper, Ground
  • ¾ teaspoon McCormick® Ground Nutmeg
  • 1 turkey (12 to 14 pounds), fresh or frozen, thawed
  • 1 large onion, cut into wedges
  • 6 McCormick® Bay Leaves
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Place oven rack in lowest position. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Place roasting rack in shallow roasting pan. Mix sage or poultry seasoning, paprika, seasoned salt, garlic powder, pepper and nutmeg in small bowl.
  2. 2 Rinse turkey; pat dry. Place turkey, breast-side up, in prepared pan. Sprinkle about half of the seasoning mixture inside of turkey. Stuff with onion and bay leaves. Brush turkey breast with oil. Spread remaining seasoning mixture over entire surface and under skin of turkey. Add 1/2 cup water to pan. Cover turkey loosely with heavy duty foil.
  3. 3 Roast 1 hour. Remove foil. Roast 2 to 2 1/2 hours longer or until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F (175 degrees F in thigh), basting occasionally with pan juices. Remove turkey from oven. Let stand 20 minutes. Transfer to platter or carving board to slice. Reserve pan juices to make gravy or to serve with turkey.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 815.2
  • Carbohydrate 2.5 g
  • Cholesterol 312.7 mg
  • Fat 38.5 g
  • Fiber 0.6 g
  • Protein 107.5 g
  • Saturated Fat 11.1 g
  • Sodium 489.7 mg
  • Sugar 0.7 g

Chef's Notes

Test Kitchen Tip: For easy cleanup, line roasting pan with heavy duty foil.


  1. pretty easy and gave it a little more flavor
  2. The bird was definitely flavorful, but almost too much so. Not sure if it was the bay leaves or what. It was good, just very strong. We added an apple and a couple carrots to the onions and bay leaves stuffed in the turkey and apple juice/water with a touch of honey instead of plain - Read more ...
  3. This Recipe is Fantastic!! I modified it a little by mixing the herbs with enough olive oil to make it the consistency of paint, then I "painted" my turkey inside and out with the mixture. I stuffed by turkey with stuffing (I use a sausage and bacon stuffing) and baked it in an oven bag - Read more ...
  4. Picked up a Honeysuckle Young Turkey on the day before Thanksgiving--looked for 12 pounds but they only had 14 pounds or larger so I got a 14.7 pound turkey. These turkeys were only 47 cents a pound so you couldn't beat that deal. However pulled the turkey out Thanksgiving and the inside was still partially - Read more ...
  5. Was looking for new recipe to try for Thanksgiving and found this. Sounded so easy and tasty and reviews were very good. Will use this again as everyone enjoyed it.
  6. Made my already moist delicious turkey even better. This is fabulous!
  7. Sorry McCormick - I used other brands of seasonings which were in my cupboard! Otherwise a great rub recipe for turkey. Definitely a tad salty next time I would decrease the salt by about 1/2 to 2/3 the amound listed. Thanks!
  8. Well this is a fantastic recipie. I tried it for Thanksgiving dinner and it really made the house smell good while cooking. I must really have a slow oven, because, for me, a 12 lb. turkey at 325 degrees, well it did not get done in the time specified. The breast was done; it came - Read more ...
  9. The turkey turned out very flavorful but I will only use 1/2 to 3/4 of the seasoning next time as it was a little too seasoned for me. I have recommended this recipe to others to try this year as the family did enjoy the test turkey that I did last weekend.
  10. I made this recipe last year for my first thanksgiving that I cooked myself. The entire family loved it!! This year I'm trying to convince my family to let me make the turkey at my mom's house!!