Cranberry Orange Brined Roasted Turkey

This mouth-watering cranberry orange brined roasted turkey is the perfect way to enjoy your Thanksgiving feast.

Cranberry Orange Brined Roasted Turkey on a serving platter

This Thanksgiving, I am giving thanks to so many people.

My readers, who have helped me grow my blog by leaps and bounds. The biggest reason I created Fearless Dining was to help people who had to eat gluten free. Gluten free can be so hard to navigate. It is my hope that I am able to help people create delicious recipes, and know how to safely dine out in restaurants.

I am still sorting through well over 100 emails from my readers in response to my exclusive newsletter giveaway. I love hearing their stories, and I am taking their feedback very seriously so that I can make Fearless Dining the best it can be for my readers. (Are you on my newsletter? This new year will bring special giveaways just for subscribers!)

My family, for always supporting me when I am in the kitchen. And for telling me when a recipe I am testing bombs, or needs something extra to make it special. They are the ones who taste everything…well, except for my daughter. She is still my picky one and is more hesitant to try those savory recipes :-).

*If you are visiting friends for the holidays, Consumer Safety has these great tips for hosts to keep things safe for those with food allergies.

A jar of rodelle turkey brine

Have you ever brined a turkey?

It is the process of soaking your turkey in a salty solution in order to make your turkey super moist. If you want to read more about the science, just read the Wikipedia link I included. I love to use Rodelle products, and when they sent me their brine to try, I said why not. It is the perfect prelude to roasting the turkey.

I am always looking for interesting new ways to make turkey.

Here are some delicious side dishes to go with your turkey! Gluten Free Light and Fluffy Cheddar Herb Muffins, Gluten Free Maitake Mushroom Cranberry Pear Stuffing, and Sauteed Brussel Sprout Leaves with Pastrami.

Top view of the herbs and salt in brine jar

You can see all sorts of good stuff in there, and all of that flavor soaks into your turkey!

Brining a turkey in a pot

Now I don’t have a giant container to soak a turkey in. I opted to squish my turkey into a large stock pot with the brine and flip the turkey around a few times over 24 hours in order to make sure all parts of the turkey got to brine.

After the brining was complete, my turkey preparation is so easy. I sliced up oranges and slid them under the skin of the breast area. I dusted with rosemary, and drizzled olive oil.

That is it. I really do like simple turkey recipes.

Cranberry Orange Brined Roasted Turkey on a platter with oranges and cranberries in the background


(*Please note this post has affiliate links. Ordering through my site will not change the price you pay. A tiny commission will come to Fearless Dining to help offset the cost of running this blog. I truly appreciate the support. I was given Rodelle’s brine to try. All opinions are my own.)

Tools You Need To Make This Recipe:

  1. An amazing turkey pan. I love my turkey pan because it not only can hold any size turkey, but it has a rack to elevate my turkey so the drippings can run down much easier. And who doesn’t want drippings so they can have an awesome gravy??
  2. Rodelle Brining Mix. I can easily get addicted to this stuff. My turkey has never had so much flavor!
Cranberry Orange Brined Roasted Turkey
Prep Time
1 hrs
Cook Time
3 hr
Total Time
4 hr

Easy roasted orange brined turkey.

Course: Main Course, Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 489 kcal
Author: Sandi Gaertner
  • 1 jar Rodelle Turkey Brine
  • 1 turkey, thawed
  • 2 oranges, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon rosemary
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 cups turkey broth
  1. Brine the turkey according to directions
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  3. Put the turkey into a turkey pan.
  4. Pull skin away from breast meat. Insert sliced oranges as far as you can. (Any extra orange can go into the cavity of the turkey.)
  5. Sprinkle rosemary and olive oil on top.
  6. Add 1 1/2 cups turkey broth to the bottom of the pan.
  7. Cover turkey with foil and bake. See this handy guide to know how long to bake your turkey according to turkey weight:
  8. When you have about 30 minutes left of baking, remove the foil so the top of the turkey can brown.
  9. Remove turkey from the oven and rest for 15 minutes. Pour those drippings into a small saucepan and make gravy!! (*The Rodelle brine adds so much flavor, all I did was add 1 cup turkey broth and 2 tablespoons cornstarch to the drippings. Use a whisk to mix in the cornstarch so the gravy is smooth and not lumpy.)
Nutrition facts per serving (1g)
489kcal | Fat: 21g | Saturated fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated fat: 1g | Monounsaturated fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 231mg | Sodium: 686mg | Potassium: 791mg | Protein: 70g | Vitamin A: 3.6% | Vitamin C: 7.5% | Calcium: 4.1% | Iron: 16.4%

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  1. I love the sound of that brine mix – I need to try that out (I do love a brined turkey)!

  2. So stunning! You knocked this out of the park Sandi!

  3. I have never brined a turkey! This one looks lovely, and I adore those orange slices — delicious!

  4. This turkey looks SO delicious!! YUM!!

  5. We love to brine our turkey every year! We’ll have to give yours a try!

  6. Is it okay to just have a variety of turkeys for Thanksgiving and nothing else?

  7. Love how the traditional holiday flavors are infused into the main dish!

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