Cranberry Turkey Brine

Cranberry turkey brine ingredients

The Spruce / Claire Cohen

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 10 mins
Servings: 12 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
41 Calories
0g Fat
9g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 12
Amount per serving
Calories 41
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 9436mg 410%
Total Carbohydrate 9g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Protein 1g
Calcium 49mg 4%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

What better way to brine a turkey than with cranberries? This turkey brine is perfect for a traditional dinner. The slight acid of this brine really helps carry flavor into the meat.


  • 2 quarts/1.9 liters cranberry juice
  • 1 quart/950 ml water
  • 1 cup salt (or 1 1/2 cups/360 ml Kosher or coarse salt)
  • 1/2 cup/120 ml apple juice
  • 1/2 cup/120 ml orange juice
  • 12 cloves garlic (unpeeled and lightly smashed)
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 4 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 6 to 8 bay leaves

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for cranberry turkey brine recipe
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  2. Combine everything inside a large pot.

    Combine everything inside pot
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  3. Add turkey to pot, making sure that brine covers turkey. If not, add more water to the mixture. Brine for 1 hour per pound.

    Add turkey to pot
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  4. Thoroughly rinse all the brine from the turkey, inside and out, before cooking. Otherwise, there will be a salty flavor to the turkey. 

    Thoroughly rinse
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  5. Cook your turkey and enjoy!

    Cranberry turkey brine
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