Basic Turkey Brine

This basic turkey brine recipe is a chefs dream! It’s easy, delicious, and always assures your turkey will be juicy and flavorful when the big day comes.

a jar of turkey brine on a marble board

Every year, for as long as I can remember, this is the brine we have used for Thanksgiving. With only six ingredients, it’s one of the easiest brines to make!

It’s simple but seriously flavorful. Not having turkey for Thanksgiving? No worries! This brine is wonderful for chicken as well. It’s all around flavors gives poultry the depth of flavor it needs while keeping it juicy.

a jar of brine on a marble board

How to make a turkey brine

With ease! The first thing you need to do is get all your ingredients together.

Ingredients for a turkey brine on a marble board

Add all of these into a large stock pot with 5 quarts of water.

ingredients for a turkey brine in a large stock pot

Pretty, right? Well, now its time to cook! Place the pot over high heat until it boils, then cut the heat down to medium-low and let simmer for one hour.

turkey brine in large stock pot

Once the hour is up, turn off the heat and let your brine cool completely!

How long should a turkey brine

We like to brine our turkey for about 2-3 days but most people generally only do overnight. The one thing everyone worries about is the fact that a turkey (or chicken) might become too salty if left in the brine for too long. With this brine, that is not the case! Just make sure when you buy your turkey that it’s not pre-brined or treated with salt.

turkey brine in a glass jar with rosemary and peppercorns

Can you reuse turkey brine

Absolutely not! Remember when you were a kid and you’d touch raw meat and your parents taught you the importance of washing your hands to keep from contaminating everything you touch? This is the same concept.

turkey brine in a glass jar on a marble board

Is turkey brine gluten free

You bet! Gluten comes from flour and this recipe is only water, salt, garlic, dried chilis, rosemary, and whole peppercorns.

turkey brine in a jar on a marble board

Expert Tips:

  • To easily peel your garlic, place it in a jar with a lid and shake it. This trick is faster and genuinely a lot of fun!
  • Make sure you use kosher salt for your brine.
  • Always put your turkey in a cold brine!
  • This recipe is enough for a turkey breast. If you are brining an entire turkey, you will need to double the ingredients.

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a jar of turkey brine on a marble board

Basic Turkey Brine

Traci
This Basic Turkey Brine is simple with only six ingredients but the flavor is anything but!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 5 mins
Course Broths
Cuisine American
Servings 5 quarts
Calories 59 kcal

Ingredients
 

  • 5 quarts water
  • ½ cup salt
  • cup peppercorns
  • 7 small dried red chilis
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 4 sprigs rosemary

Instructions

  • Place all ingredients in a large stock pot over high heat. Bring to boil.
  • Turn heat to medium-low and simmer for 1 hour.
  • Turn off the heat. Let brine cool completely.

Notes

  • To easily peel your garlic, place it in a jar with a lid and shake it. This trick is faster and genuinely a lot of fun!
  • Make sure you use kosher salt for your brine.
  • Always put your turkey in a cold brine!
  • This recipe is enough for a turkey breast. If you are brining an entire turkey, you will need to double the ingredients.

Nutrition

Serving: 5quartsCalories: 59kcalCarbohydrates: 12.9gProtein: 2.3gFat: 0.8gSaturated Fat: 0.3gSodium: 56739mgFiber: 3.6gSugar: 1.7g

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.

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