Cajun Roast Turkey

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Your family is guaranteed to go crazy for our jazzed up version of roast turkey.

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No Thanksgiving spread is complete without the all-important turkey. This year, give your traditional bird a kick and try our Cajun Roast Turkey recipe. You will fall in love with the flavorful spice rub and aromatic stuffing. This oven preparation will keep the turkey moist outside with a crispy skin.

If you want to stand out and continue a Cajun theme for the whole meal, make a Boudin stuffing and serve with other incredibly flavorful sides such as Cajun Shrimp with Herbed Brown Rice or even Chicken and Shrimp Jambalaya. Your family will go crazy for our jazzed up version of roast turkey.

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Cajun Roast Turkey

Here is a flavorful and memorable turkey recipe for your holiday meal.
Yield 10 people
Serving Size 6 ounces
Course Dinner
Cuisine American, Cajun
Author SkinnyMs.


  • 10 pounds whole turkey thawed

For the Rub

  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • 3 teaspoons ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

For Roasting

  • 5 garlic cloves smashed
  • 1 yellow onion quartered
  • 4 celery stalks chopped into large chunks
  • 3 carrots peeled and chopped into large chunks
  • 2 green peppers large, chopped into large chunks
  • 5 oregano stems fresh
  • 10 thyme stems fresh
  • 1 quart water


  • Line a roasting pan with foil and place the roasting rack on top. Lightly spray with nonstick spray. Rinse turkey and pat dry with a paper towel, place in the prepared roasting pan.

For Rub

  • Combine all rub ingredients to make a paste. Rub the paste over the entire turkey. Cover with foil lightly sprayed with nonstick spray. Refrigerate overnight.

For Roasting

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a large bowl, toss all ingredients, except water. Remove turkey from refrigerator and stuff the turkey with mix, lay excess mix around the turkey in the pan. Pour enough water in the pan just until it reaches the bottom of the turkey. Cover with a fresh sheet of foil lightly sprayed with nonstick spray.
  • Bake for about 3 hours or until the internal temperature is 165 degrees. Check frequently and add more water if needed. Uncover the turkey for the last 15 to 20 minutes of roasting.


TIPS: For turkeys more than 10 pounds, add 1 teaspoon of each spice for every 2 pounds of turkey for the rub. Add 20 minutes of baking time for each pound. Always check the temperature of the turkey with a thermometer, pop up timers in turkeys often overcook the turkey.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 6ounces | Calories: 329kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 49g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 122mg | Sodium: 607mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 3g |
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 6
Keywords Christmas, dairy-free, Gluten-Free, High Protein, Holiday, Low-Carb, Thanksgiving

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