Basting Sauce for Roast Turkey

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We are coming up to it! We are mere days away from one of the biggest cooking, roasting, baking, simmering, whipping and eating extravaganzas we Americans celebrate each year. Most of us have at least figured out what we will be making, and most have gotten their shopping lists done, if not all the grocery shopping too, you overachievers you!! It is in these few days beforehand that I start to rethink certain recipes I have chosen to make.

Basting Sauce for Roast Turkey is a simple, delicious, buttery and herbaceous sauce. It is perfect on your holiday bird!!

The one recipe that is always the same, hasn’t changed since the first day I made it, is the Basting Sauce for Roast Turkey. You can actually make this for any type of poultry, it is especially good on roast chicken, but it was created with Thanksgiving turkey in mind, so I always look forward to it.

I love that the Basting Sauce for Roast Turkey is a combination of ingredients, all of which I typically have on hand. The combination of the broth, butter, fresh and dried herbs, creates a perfect combination with deep and scrumptious flavors. This is a simple recipe that I usually heat in a sauce pan, then transfer to my large glass measuring cup and keep on the side of the stove top.

My Basting Sauce for Roast Turkey is a family favorite I have been using for almost 35 years. Give it a try, it is sure to become your favorite too!!

I know there are a lot of people who absolutely fear roasting a turkey. You need to put it in perspective though folks. You are not performing life saving surgery, landing a plane on an aircraft carrier or pulling little Timmy from the well. This, my friends, is not that big of a deal. You are cooking a big hunk of meat in your oven, that is all. Who cares if it is a little dry, why do you think they invented gravy? What if you don’t know how to carve it? Who cares? Some of us aren’t as pretty as we could be, but we are still worthy!

Do yourself a favor and let yourself off the hook. There are some people who make a Martha Stewart turkey and have the table set to perfection and I am happy for them. I consider myself a good cook, but I don’t stress about Thanksgiving meals or a perfectly decorated table. Frankly, this level of perfection makes me itchy.

In my 34 years of marriage and the raising of two sons, I have NEVER, EVER, EVER placed a beautiful bird on the table. In my family, the second the turkey is out of the oven, we descend on it like scavengers and pull all of that gorgeous, crispy skin off and eat it like a pack of wolves! We really are ridiculous! What is left is just the meat, nakedly sitting on a platter, waiting to be carved. It is sad looking really, but that tasty, crispy skin is BEYOND!! I have to think this is because my Basting Sauce for Roast Turkey makes the skin taste so darn good!!

Basting Sauce for Roast Turkey

Basting Sauce for Roast Turkey is a simple, delicious, buttery and herbaceous sauce. It is perfect on your holiday bird!!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American


  • 1-1/2 cups chicken or turkey broth (if low sodium broth, may need to adjust salt in sauce)
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1-1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/4 cup chopped, fresh parsley (in a pinch, used dried)
  • 3 tbsp dried chives (I also use fresh if I don't have dried)
  • 1 tsp dried sage
  • 1 tsp dried rosemary
  • 1/2 tsp dried marjoram


  • In a saucepan, add broth, butter and heat until butter melted, then bring to a boil.
  • Add all of the remaining ingredients, stirring to make sure they are well incorporated and then remove the sauce from the heat.
  • Set the basting sauce aside until you are ready to baste your turkey. No need to reheat when you are basting, it is ready to go.


*I typically baste my turkey every 30 minutes*
*If you have any remaining basting sauce, it is wonderful added to your gravy!* 
Keyword Basting Sauce for Roast Turkey, Low Carb, Sauces

This Basting Sauce for Roast Turkey has never let me down. It always creates amazing flavor on the birds we baste. I hope you give this a try and enjoy the best flavored, golden, crispy turkey skin AND meat you have ever had. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Enjoy friends!

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1 thought on “Basting Sauce for Roast Turkey”

  1. 5 stars
    Oh YES! Tge crispy crispy skin. When done right, it is the best horsd’oeuvre of the day. That’s any day. Best part of the turkey in my opinion. Happy Thanksgiving.


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