How long does it take to cook a turkey in a covered roasting pan?
Accordingly, is it better to cook a turkey covered or uncovered?
A: The Butterball folks recommend cooking the turkey uncovered in a roasting pan. If you put foil on the breast, remove it about 30-45 minutes before the turkey is done to allow the breast to brown.
- Place the meat rack in the roasting pan.
- Place the meat to be roasted on the rack.
- Place the roaster on the center rack in a preheated oven.
- Cover the meat with the lid or with tented aluminum foil.
- Allow the meat to rest in the pan for 5 to 10 minutes after it is removed from the oven.
Hereof, do you add water to the roasting pan when cooking a turkey?
No. We do not recommend adding water to the pan because it creates a steam and may steam-burn the turkey. The turkey will produce its own flavorful juices. After cooking, you can extend the turkey's juices with broth or wine, then add it to your gravy for extra flavor.
When you roast that turkey, it will retain more moisture, making for juicier, tastier meat. To dry brine a turkey, gently separate the skin from the breast meat, and rub kosher salt into the cavity in between, as well as all over the legs and back.