Thanksgiving

How to Cook a Turkey in a Wok

Lodge Cast iron / October 24, 2017

A cast iron wok is the perfect roasting vessel for a Thanksgiving turkey. The bowl shape is large enough to hold up to a 14 pound bird, and the superior heat retention of cast iron helps to cook the bird evenly from below.

Most turkeys come frozen, and often they're pre-brined. Start this recipe with a thawed bird, and if your turkey is pre-brined, skip the brining steps and start with the cooking.

Prep Time

15 minutes

Cook Time

2-4 hours

Servings

12-20

Ingredients

For the brine:
  • 1 gallon vegetable broth
  • 1 cup kosher salt
  • ¾ cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 ginger root, sliced into 2" pieces, unpeeled
  • 6 garlic cloves, crushed
  • Peel from 2 whole oranges
  • Peel from 2 whole lemons
  • 4 sprigs rosemary or 2 tablespoons, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon whole peppercorns
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 1 gallon ice water

For the turkey:

Preparation

To make the brine:
  1. In a large stock pot combine all ingredients except ice water and simmer, stirring occasionally, until salt and sugar are completely dissolved, about 10 minutes.
  2. Remove from heat and cool in refrigerator until ready to use.
  3. Mix brine and ice water in a large cooler. Truss the turkey legs and place turkey in the cooler, making sure it is completely submerged. You may need to place a bowl on top of the turkey to weigh it down. 
  4. Close cooler lid and brine turkey for 4-24 hours, flipping halfway through the process.
  5. Remove from brine and rinse with cold water. Discard the brine. Pat the turkey dry with paper towels.
To cook the turkey:
  1. Adjust oven rack to lowest position. Preheat oven to 500º F. Spray inside of wok with cooking oil
  2. Place oiled cast iron trivet inside of the wok. If you don't have a trivet, loosely fold a large piece of aluminum foil into a 6" square, about 1" thick, and place it in the bottom of the wok. 
  3. Place turkey in the wok, breast side up. Spray turkey with cooking oil and roast for 30 minutes.
  4. Cover bird with foil and lower oven to 350º F. Cook until the internal temperature reaches 165º F, about 2-4 hours depending on the size of the bird.
  5. Let turkey rest, covered loosely in foil, for 15-30 minutes before carving.
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How to Cook a Turkey in a Wok

By Lodge Cast iron

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 2-4 hours

Servings: 12-20

Ingredients

For the brine:
  • 1 gallon vegetable broth
  • 1 cup kosher salt
  • ¾ cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 ginger root, sliced into 2" pieces, unpeeled
  • 6 garlic cloves, crushed
  • Peel from 2 whole oranges
  • Peel from 2 whole lemons
  • 4 sprigs rosemary or 2 tablespoons, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon whole peppercorns
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 1 gallon ice water

For the turkey:
How to Cook a Turkey in a Wok

Preparation

To make the brine:
  1. In a large stock pot combine all ingredients except ice water and simmer, stirring occasionally, until salt and sugar are completely dissolved, about 10 minutes.
  2. Remove from heat and cool in refrigerator until ready to use.
  3. Mix brine and ice water in a large cooler. Truss the turkey legs and place turkey in the cooler, making sure it is completely submerged. You may need to place a bowl on top of the turkey to weigh it down. 
  4. Close cooler lid and brine turkey for 4-24 hours, flipping halfway through the process.
  5. Remove from brine and rinse with cold water. Discard the brine. Pat the turkey dry with paper towels.
To cook the turkey:
  1. Adjust oven rack to lowest position. Preheat oven to 500º F. Spray inside of wok with cooking oil
  2. Place oiled cast iron trivet inside of the wok. If you don't have a trivet, loosely fold a large piece of aluminum foil into a 6" square, about 1" thick, and place it in the bottom of the wok. 
  3. Place turkey in the wok, breast side up. Spray turkey with cooking oil and roast for 30 minutes.
  4. Cover bird with foil and lower oven to 350º F. Cook until the internal temperature reaches 165º F, about 2-4 hours depending on the size of the bird.
  5. Let turkey rest, covered loosely in foil, for 15-30 minutes before carving.

Recipe by Lodge Cast iron for Lodge Cast Iron at http://www.lodgemfg.com/recipe/how-to-cook-a-turkey-jn-a-wok