This is a question I get asked a lot this time of year. And the answer is, it depends. If you’re cooking a frozen Butterball turkey, the general rule of thumb is to cook it for about 20 minutes per pound. But if your turkey is stuffed, you’ll need to add on an extra 30 minutes to that cook time.
Preheat oven to 350Â°F.
Place frozen turkey breast side up on a flat rack in a shallow roasting pan 2 to 2 1/2 inches deep. Add 1/2 cup of water to the bottom of the pan.
For an unstuffed turkey, cook covered for:
* 4-5 lbs: 1 hour and 15 minutes – 1 hour and 30 minutes
* 6-8 lbs: 1 hour and 30 minutes – 1 hour and 45 minutes
* 9-11 lbs: 1 hour and 45 minutes – 2 hours
* 12-14 lbs: 2 hours – 2 hours and 15 minutes
* 15-17 lbs: 2 hours and 15 minutes – 2 hours and 30 minutes
* 18-20 lbs: 2 hours and 30 minutes – 3 hours
Place frozen turkey breast side up on a flat surface in roasting pan.
For best results, USE AN OVEN THERMOMETER to ensure the oven is set to the proper temperature. Cook only 1 turkey at a time.
-12 to 16 pounds- 4 to 5 hours
-16 to 20 pounds- 5 to 6 hours
-20 to 24 pounds- 6 to 7 hours*
-12 to 14 pounds- 3 to 4 hours
-14 to 18 pounds- 4 to 5 hours
-18 to 20 pounds- 5 to 6 hours
-20 to 24 pounds- 6 to 7 hours*
Overstuffing your turkey will lengthen the cooking time. Do not stuff your turkey the night before cooking. By law, commercially stuffed turkeys must be cooked immediately after stuffing. Never leave your turkey unattended while it is cooking. Check occasionally during you rturkey’s resting time, basting it with pan juices if necessaryto keep it moist If your oven doesn’t have a window, open the door for 30 seconds about halfway through cookingtime suggested on chart below to vent heat and check doneness of your bird by inserting a meat thermometerinto the thickest part of the inner thigh, not touching bone. The internal temperature should be 165Â°Ffor safety and juiciness.
Add 1/2 cup of water to the bottom of the pan.
If you plan to stuff your turkey, do so loosely, using about 1/2 cup of stuffing per pound of turkey. To stuff the turkey the night before cooking, prepare the stuffing and refrigerate it separately from the turkey. On the day of cooking, stuff the turkey just before putting it in the oven.
Preheat oven to 325Â°F.
Add 1/2 cup of water to the bottom of the roasting pan. Place frozen turkey breast side up on a V-rack in roasting pan.
Tent frozen turkey with foil, making sure not to touch the turkey with the foil because it will stick. Roast two hours then remove foil; roast an additional 30 minutes to one hour or until a meat thermometer inserted into the deepest part of the thigh not touching bone registers 165Â°F. juices should run clear when thigh is pierced with a fork.
Cover loosely with aluminum foil, being sure not to touch the turkey.
A stuffed Butterball turkey should be cooked for 4 to 4 1/2 hours at a 350 degree Fahrenheit oven temperature. If you are cooking an unstuffed turkey, it will only take 3 to 3 1/2 hours. To check if your turkey is done, insert a meat thermometer into the thickest part of the thigh. The stuffing should also reach 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
Bake for 2 hours and 30 minutes.
If your turkey is frozen, you’ll need to allow for additional cooking time. A good rule of thumb is to add about 50% more time to the total cooking time. So, for a stuffed turkey that normally takes 3 hours to cook, you should plan on cooking it for 4 hours and 45 minutes if it’s frozen.
Remove foil, baste turkey with pan juices and continue cooking for 30-45 minutes until the internal temperature of the turkey reaches 165Â°F.
To cook a frozen stuffed turkey, cook the turkey for 4 to 5 hours in a 325Â°F oven. Then remove the foil, baste the turkey with pan juices and continue cooking for 30 to 45 minutes until the internal temperature of the turkey reaches 165Â°F.
Remove from oven, tent with foil and let rest for 15-20 minutes before carving.
A stuffed turkey takes about 1 3/4 hours to cook. To ensure your stuffed turkey is cooked thoroughly, insert a meat thermometer into the stuffing before placing the turkey in the oven. The cooking time for a frozen stuffed turkey is about 50 percent longer than for a thawed turkey.
If you’re cooking a frozen stuffed turkey that’s 12 pounds or less, cook it for 4 to 4 1/2 hours. If your bird is between 13 and 16 pounds, cook it for 4 3/4 to 5 1/4 hours. And finally, if your frozen stuffed turkey is between 17 and 20 pounds, cook it for 5 1/2 to 6 hours.