Citrus Turkey Brine Recipe

Citrus turkey brine ingredients
Claire Cohen
  • 40 mins
  • Prep: 40 mins,
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 gallon
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This turkey brine includes a whole orange, lemon, and lime cut up. This adds a light citrus flavor to the brine and a touch of acid that helps to carry the flavors into the meat.

What You'll Need

  • 1 gallon water
  • 1 cup salt (1 1/2 cups Kosher or coarse salt)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 large lime
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 orange
  • 1 onion (cut into thick slices)
  • 4 cloves garlic (crushed)
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon thyme (dried)

How to Make It

  1. Take four cups of the water and place in a large saucepan. Bring to a low boil. Add salt and sugar and stir until completely dissolved. Cut lemon, lime and orange into 1/8ths. Add remaining ingredients. Reduce heat to low and cover. Let simmer for 30 minutes.
  2. Pour into a large pot. Add remaining water (cold) and refrigerate until completely cooled.
  3. Place poultry and brine in a large plastic container. Keep refrigerated. Brine for 1 hour per pound.
  1. Thoroughly rinse all the brine from the turkey before cooking. Otherwise, there will be a salty flavor to the turkey. Read more on brining turkey.