Turkey Roasting Chart

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Below you will find turkey weights and cooking times for each size of turkey. These turkey cooking times are recommended by Safefood. It’s better to be safe than sorry at Christmas, even if it means the turkey will be a bit dry. We’ve seen chefs struggle to cook a turkey so that all parts will be juicy.

Defrosting times for a Turkey

Q:  How long will it take to defrost my turkey?
A:  Safefood recommends that you allow at least 24 hours of defrosting time in the fridge for every 2-2.5kg (approximately 4-5 lbs) of turkey. You cannot cook a turkey (or a chicken or any poultry) from frozen! The chart below shows you the timings for different weights of bird:

Weight (Kg) Minimum time to defrost
3.5-5.5kg / 8-12 lbs  2-3 days
5.5-6.5kg / 12-14 lbs  3 – 3.5 days
6.5-8kg / 14-18 lbs  4 – 4.5 days
8-9kg / 18-20 lbs 4.5 – 5 days
9-11kg / 20-24lbs 5-6 days

 

Unstuffed Turkey Cooking Times – the following are the guidelines from the Safefood website – you can use their Turkey Cooking Time Calculator to work out the cooking times of other weights of unstuffed birds here

Weight of turkey Cooking time
3.5 – 5.5kg 3 hours- 4 hours 20 minutes
5.5 – 6.5kg 4 hours 20 minutes – 5 hours
6.5 – 8kg 5 hours – 6 hours 20 minutes
8 – 9kg 6 hours 20 minutes – 7 hours
9 – 11kg 7 hours – 8 hours 20 minutes

 

Stuffed Turkey Cooking Times

Stuffing a turkey means that it will take longer to cook. Never stuff it more than 10% full as the stuffing swells and the bird may not cook fully through. The timings below are based on that ratio of stuffing to bird and cooking the bird at 180C/350F/gas mark 4. You need to weigh your bird after you have stuffed it in order to calculate the correct cooking time.

2 kg stuffed turkey – 2 hours 50 minutes
2.5 kg stuffed turkey – 3 hours 5 minutes
3 kg stuffed turkey – 3 hours 20 minutes
3.5 kg stuffed turkey – 3 hours 36 minutes
4 kg stuffed turkey – 3 hours 51 minutes
4.5 kg stuffed turkey – 4 hours 6 minutes
5 kg stuffed turkey – 4 hours 21 minutes
5.5 kg stuffed turkey – 3 hours 49 minutes
6 kg stuffed turkey – 4 hours 52 minutes
6.5 kg stuffed turkey – 5 hours 7 minutes
7 kg stuffed turkey – 5 hours 23 minutes
7.5 kg stuffed turkey – 5 hours 38 minutes
8 kg stuffed turkey – 5 hours 53 minutes
8.5 kg stuffed turkey – 5 hours 53 minutes
9 kg stuffed turkey – 6 hours 24 minutes
9.5 kg stuffed turkey – 6 hours 39 minutes
10 kg stuffed turkey – 6 hours 54 minutes

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