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Turkey in brine in a large pot.

Turkey Brine Recipe

This simple Turkey Brine is the easiest way to ensure that the turkey is perfectly juicy! You only need 7 simple ingredients to make it. Use this brine to make the best Thanksgiving turkey!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword turkey brine
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
brining time 12 hours
Total Time 12 hours 12 minutes
Servings 1 serving
Calories 515kcal
Author Anna


  • 4 quarts water
  • 3/4 cup sea salt
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 lemon cut into thick slices
  • 2 tablespoons whole peppercorns
  • 2 garlic bulbs slices in half lengthwise
  • 5 sage leaves
  • 3 sprigs of rosemary
  • 2 bunches of thyme


  • In a medium saucepan, combine 1 quart of the water with salt and sugar. Stir well.
  • Bring it to a boil and cook for 2 minutes. Stir often to make sure the salt is dissolved.
  • Remove the mixture from heat.
  • Add remaining ingredients: lemon, peppercorns, garlic and herbs. Cool completely.
  • Place turkey in a very large pot and pour the brine over it.
  • Cover the pot and place it in the fridge.
  • Chill for 12 to 18 hours.
  • When ready, remove the turkey from brine, making sure to drain the cavity too.
  • Save the garlic, lemon slices and herbs for roasting.


  • My turkey was 14 lbs and I used an 8-quart stockpot for soaking.
  • The nutrition value is for the whole brine solution.
  • Please note, that the nutrition value can vary depending on what product you use. The information below is an estimate. Always use calorie counter you are familiar with.


Calories: 515kcal | Carbohydrates: 134g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 85108mg | Potassium: 561mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 110g | Vitamin A: 292IU | Vitamin C: 62mg | Calcium: 385mg | Iron: 5mg