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Spatchcock turkey on a platter

Dry Brine Spatchcock Turkey Recipe

  • Author: Emily Dingmann of myeverydaytable.com
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Brine Time: 24 hours
  • Cook Time: 90 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 hours 45 minutes
  • Yield: 12 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Learn how to spatchcock a turkey! This dry brine spatchcock turkey (with an herb butter) results in crispy skin and juicy meat. It’s the best!


Units Scale

For the dry brine: 

  • 1214 lb. turkey
  • 1/4 cup coarse kosher sea salt
  • 2 Tbsp. baking powder

For the herb butter:

  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbsp. maple syrup
  • 1 Tbsp. minced fresh rosemary
  • 1 Tbsp. minced fresh thyme


Spatchcock and Dry Brine: 

  1. Place turkey breast side down on a cutting board and cut out backbone with sturdy kitchen shears.
  2. Flip bird over and flatten by pressing flat (you’ll hear a snap) and pat turkey dry with paper towel. Tuck the wings under the breast.
  3. Mix together kosher sea salt and baking powder. Sprinkle mixture onto the turkey until it has a light coating of the salt mixture.
  4. Carefully transfer turkey onto a baking sheet that’s topped with a rack and refrigerate uncovered  for 12-24 hours.

Roast spatchcock turkey: 

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  2. In a small bowl, mash together butter, rosemary, thyme, and sage. ix herb butter.
  3. Roast turkey for 30 minutes.
  4. Reduce heat to 350 degrees for 45-75 minutes and start checking internal temperature after 30 minutes. Most turkeys will take about 90 minutes, give or take. Place an instant-read meat thermometer in thigh and cook until it reaches 165 degrees F.
  5. Remove from oven and let turkey rest for at least 20 minutes before slicing.


  • It’s important to use coarse salt and not fine salt or it will be too salty!
  • Want to brown up the skin more? You can broil for 5 minutes at the end of cooking to brown up skin even more. Keep on lower rack and watch closely. 

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