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Turkey crown on wooden board
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How to Cook a Turkey Crown

A turkey crown is perfect for smaller Christmas and Thanksgiving gatherings. Here's the complete guide to cooking a turkey crown perfectly. Cooking to temperature, not time will ensure a perfectly moist and juicy roast.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time2 hrs 30 mins
Resting Time30 mins


  • 1 turkey crown
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • salt and pepper


  • Heat oven to 170°C (fan) / 340°F (fan) / Gas Mark 5. 
  • Place the turkey on a rack in a roasting tray. Rub the skin with butter, and season with salt and pepper. 
  • Cover the roasting tin with foil, tucking it in round the sides.
  • Place in the oven to cook.
    If under 4.5kg, roast for 20 min per kg, plus an extra 70 minutes. If 4.5 kg or over, roast for 20 mins per kg plus an extra 90 minutes.
    Remember that roasting times are an approximation. We are going to cook to temperature, not weight.
  • 45 minutes before your approximate roasting time is over, check the temperature using a probe thermometer. If the turkey is approaching 70°C / 165°F, remove the foil and turn the oven up to 200°C (fan) / 400°F (fan) /Gas Mark 6.
    Otherwise, give it another 15 minutes before you uncover it and turn the oven up. 
  • 15 minutes after you have turned the oven up, check the internal temperature by inserting the probe thermometer into the thickest part of the breast, taking care not to touch the bone.
    The turkey crown is cooked when the temperature is 74°C / 165°F.
  • Remove from the oven, and loosely cover with foil. Allow to rest for 20–40 minutes, while you finish cooking the rest of the meal.
  • Carve and enjoy!
• Please note that the nutrition information provided below is approximate and meant as a guideline only.
• Unless stated otherwise cup conversions have been made with an online tool. For accuracy please check with your favoured conversion tool. We recommend buying inexpensive digital kitchen scales.