How to Brine A Turkey Breast

How to Brine a Turkey Breast

Learn how to brine a turkey breast and your Holidays will shine.  I promise if you just try this method once you will NEVER roast a turkey without it again.  My brother-in-law introduced this method to us years ago and I have not roasted a turkey without doing it since that eye-opening Thanksgiving.  You will not believe the difference it makes in the meat.  It is so tender, so moist and so flavorful your guests will talk about it for years to come.  We do!  By the way, a turkey breast is perfect for a small family gathering.

Brined Turkey Breast - Don't Sweat The Recipe

It’s so simple too!  You can mix up your flavorings any way you prefer.  I chose rosemary, garlic, onion, bay leaves and peppercorns.  Other options include citrus, fresh sage, thyme, etc.

Brined Turkey Breast - Don't Sweat The Recipe

Most recipes tell you to heat the brine to dissolve the salt and sugar, then let it cool.  I don’t find this necessary at all.  (another tip from my brother-in-law)  And really, who has time for that?

Brined Turkey Breast - Don't Sweat The Recipe

I just stir the salt and sugar in the water until it dissolves, about 1 minute.  Then add all your flavorings.

Brined Turkey Breast - Don't Sweat The Recipe

Dunk the bird in the brine and let her soak!

Brined Turkey Breast - Don't Sweat The Recipe

Remove the turkey from the brine, rinse and let dry for several hours in the refrigerator.  Yes, you have to plan ahead for this process. But it’s so worth the effort that you will not regret it at all. Remember, I promised earlier?

Brined Turkey Breast - Don't Sweat The Recipe

Roast at 350 degrees for 20 minutes per pound.  Start checking the temperature with a reliable thermometer at about 1 hour of cooking.  My turkey breast was 7.5 lbs and took about an hour and 45 minutes. Let rest for 15 minutes, slice and devour.

How to Brine a Turkey Breast - The most moist, tender and succulent turkey breast you will ever eat! by Don't Sweat The Recipe

Easy and succulent!


Since this recipe was posted we have discovered a dry brine method that delivers less mess, more flavorful moist meat, and a golden brown crispy skin. While this recipe produces a very moist meat, this new dry brine is our go-to recipe for perfect turkey from now on. Check it out here:
Simple Succulent Dry Brined Roast Turkey


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How to Brine and Roast a Turkey Breast
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The best method of roasting a turkey breast or whole turkey. Moist, tender and so flavorful!
Recipe type: Turkey
Serves: 4 to 6 servings
  • 1 Cup Kosher salt
  • 1 Cup White Sugar
  • 1 Onion, cut into quarters
  • 3 Garlic cloves, cracked
  • 2 Tablespoons Peppercorns
  • 3 Sprigs Fresh Rosemary
  • 1 Gallon Water
  1. In a large pot or bag (large enough to accommodate the turkey) stir water, sugar, and salt until dissolved.
  2. Add rosemary, garlic, onion, and peppercorns.
  3. Add the turkey, cover pot and refrigerate for 10 to 24 hours.
  4. Remove the turkey from the brine, rinse, place in roasting pan then refrigerate to dry for 3 to 4 hours. (or overnight)
  5. Roast at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes per pound or until reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees. Watch closely after one hour of cooking.
If you use a bag place it in a pot or large bowl in case there is some leakage.
Turkey Brine - Moist, tender, juicy meat every time!



How To Brine a Turkey Breast - STOP! Never roast a turkey without brining. Turn your dry bird into a moist, tender, and flavorful feast! by Don't Sweat The Recipe





  1. Reply

    Looks so good. My mom is making the turkey breast this year and I am sort of scared!

    1. Reply

      LOL Kristy I’m sure it will be good. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Reply

    I’ve never tried brining our turkey but have always wanted to try. Thanks for sharing these great tips! The turkey looks fantastic!

    1. Reply

      Thank you Kelly! Try it once and you will never roast a turkey without again.

  3. Reply

    What size turkey breast did you use? Did you use 1 cup of Kosher salt or table salt?

    1. Reply

      Hi Tammy, the brine is just a method it doesn’t really matter the size of the turkey breast. And thank you for noticing I didn’t specify the type of salt. We used kosher.

  4. Reply

    Sounds like a great idea! How long should you brine a 7 lb breast?

    1. Reply

      Hi Karen, I would suggest about 12 hours. Thank you so much for coming by. Happy Thanksgiving!

  5. Reply

    Is one day the longest you should brine your turkey?

    1. Reply

      Yes, with a wet brine 24hrs is the longest we recommend. But we have now started using a dry brine and it’s SO much better. Also, much easier and you can brine up to 3 days. Check these two recipes out.

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