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Savory Turkey Brine for Thanksgiving

Savory Turkey Brine: Recipe is for a 16-24 pound fresh turkey
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time8 hrs
Total Time8 hrs 10 mins


  • 2 gallons cold water
  • 10 ounces Kikkoman Soy Sauce
  • ½ cup kosher salt
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons dried sage
  • 2 tablespoons dried celery seed
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme


  • The night before roasting, remove giblets and turkey neck; rinse turkey inside and out.
  • In a large stockpot, or 5-gallon bucket, mix water with remaining ingredients.
  • Stir well until all the salt is dissolved.
  • Place turkey in the pot, cover with a lid and refrigerate overnight, or at least 8 hours.
  • Remove turkey from the brine, rinse well.