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Citrus-Rosemary Turkey Rub

User Rating 4.5 Star Rating (3 Reviews)


This rub has more of a paste consistency. Be sure to mix the ingredients well and to get the rub under the skin as well as placing it on the surface of the turkey.

Prep Time: 12 minutes

Total Time: 12 minutes

Yield: Makes about 3/4 cup


  • 1/4 cup/60 mL fresh rosemary leaves
  • 6-8 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • zest of one orange
  • zest of one lemon
  • 2 tablespoons/30 mL fresh thyme
  • 1 tablespoon/15 mL orange or lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon/15 mL extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon/5 mL salt
  • 1 teaspoon/5 mL black pepper


Place all ingredients in food processor container and process until blended. If not using right away, place in airtight container and refrigerate. If you are going to brine the turkey first, makes sure you rinse it thoroughly, then apply the rub, getting it under the skin as much as possible.
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 4 out of 5
They Loved it!, Member Lrenaekiah

This was my first time preparing a turkey since I was hosting dinner with my new in-laws at my house. My husband and I just got married in September of this year, and I was really wanting to make sure this experience wasn't a disaster. I had a 22lb. turkey and after applying the rub under the skin I realized I didn't have enough to go around, so I ended up making another batch and using all of that under some more of the skin and on the outside of the turkey as well. I also threw some sprigs of rosemary and thyme inside the turkey with some celery and the other half of the lemon I squeezed for juice. I cooked the turkey upside down, covering it for the first few hours...and I must say they absolutely LOVED it!!! I got big complements on the flavor and how juicy it was (it WAS very juicy!) I'm not a big fan of turkey, but I was even impressed. I would definitely recommend this rub to others!

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