Citrus Brined Turkey

Brining a turkey is a simple step that MUST be done ahead of time in order for it to do the job of keeping the meat moist. This can be done with an entire turkey or just your favorite cuts of the bird.
Prep Time
5 minutes
Total Time
5 minutes


Yield: Brine for a 7.5 lb turkey breast
  • 1 Gallon Water
  • 1/2 C Kosher Salt
  • 1/2 C Sugar
  • 1 Lime, quartered
  • 1 Lemon, quartered
  • 1 Orange, quartered
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • 2 Cinnamon Sticks
  • 1 Star Anise
  • Handful of Whole Cloves
  • 7.5 lb. Turkey Breast, bone-in


Step 1

Fill a large container with water and dissolve salt & sugar. Add other ingredients. Cover with a lid and refrigerate for 6 hours to 1 day.


Source: Adapted from Dave Lieberman

Short Cut: Sorry, but there‚Äôs no going around this one.

Think Out of The Icebox: Try adding some of your other favorite barmy spices to the brine.