Orange-Glazed Turkey

Total Time

Prep: 35 min. Bake: 4-1/4 hours


20 servings

Updated: Nov. 24, 2023
I've used this recipe for our Thanksgiving meal for years. Everyone loves the flavor the orange marmalade gives the turkey.


  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons pepper
  • 2 teaspoons dried savory
  • 2 teaspoons rubbed sage
  • 1 turkey (18 to 20 pounds)
  • 2 medium pears, thinly sliced
  • 1 large onion, quartered
  • 1 celery rib, quartered
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup orange marmalade
  • 3/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon honey


  1. In a small bowl, combine the salt, pepper, savory and sage. Rub 1 tablespoon of seasoning mixture in turkey cavity. Place the pears, onion and celery in turkey cavity; tie drumsticks together. Place, breast side up on a rack in a roasting pan. Combine butter and remaining seasoning mixture; brush over turkey. Bake, uncovered, at 325° for 3-1/4 to 3-1/2 hours.
  2. Meanwhile, combine orange marmalade, orange juice and honey in a saucepan. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes or until thickened, stirring occasionally. Set aside and keep warm. When turkey begins to brown, cover lightly with a tent of foil. Bake 1 hour longer or until thermometer reads 180°, brushing occasionally with the orange glaze. Cover and let stand for 15 minutes before carving. Thicken pan juices for gravy if desired.

Nutrition Facts

8 ounces cooked turkey: 569 calories, 27g fat (9g saturated fat), 233mg cholesterol, 437mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 1g fiber), 65g protein.