The Best Roasted Turkey (Paleo & Whole30 Friendly)

I have mixed feelings about Thanksgiving. In years past, it's been a holiday that I look forward to every year. Food and family being  the center of my life, what better holiday could there possibly be that celebrates both?

However over the last few years, I've slowly started dreading it. My husband doesn't get the 4 day weekend off like most Americans do for Thanksgiving. He gets Thanksgiving DAY off (which happens to be his only consistent day off all week anyways, because it's a Thursday) so to spend his one day off, hosting dozens of guests, and me stressing out in the kitchen trying to get dinner out.... is kind of dreadful. And on the years we have been invited to someone else's home for Thanksgiving (which rarely happens, we almost always host) there always ends up being some family drama... someone  always gets mad that we are not spending the holiday with them.

So, last year we attempted to boycott it all together, but ended up hosting a smaller dinner at home with our best friends and their son. It was perfect, stress free, and I didn't even worry about cleaning my house for them.

This year, we are going to go one step further..... We are going to do an anti turkey thanksgiving with friends.... most likely eating tacos or Chinese food, and if all goes according to our plans, we may be renting a house in the woods with them and taking a much needed long weekend (IF my  hubby can get the days off from work!)

Because we have no plans of eating a big turkey dinner on Thanksgiving, I did feel the need to roast one over the weekend, mostly so I could talk to you all about my favorite method for roasting a bird.

Several years ago (2011 I believe) I stumbled upon a turkey recipe from She Wears Many Hats, that used the oddest method I had seen at the time. I was instantly intrigued, and I made it that year for my family's Thanksgiving dinner. I've since made a variation of that recipe every single time I roast a turkey, and even on chickens!

I want you all to trust me, I've roasted many many many turkeys, and this is my favorite way to do it, and it's SO EASY!! Please don't be weirded out when you read the ingredient list... just try it. Plus, it's WHOLE30 and PALEO!!!

The Best Roasted Turkey
(Recipe adapted from She Wears Many Hats)
1 10-15lb fresh turkey (remove from fridge about 30-60 minutes before preparation)
1 1/2 cups Paleo mayonnaise (or homemade with olive oil)    
2 tbs kosher salt
1 tbs black pepper
2 tbs diced fresh rosemary
2 tbs diced fresh sage
2tbs diced fresh thyme
2 lemons
1 large onion

Preheat oven 450 degrees.

In a mixing bowl, combine mayonnaise, salt, pepper, garlic, and herbs. 

Make sure giblets and the neck are removed from the turkey cavity (save for homemade stock or gravy), and pat the turkey dry inside and out. 

Spread the mayonnaise mixture all over the turkey and it's cavities. 

Halve the lemons and onion and stuff them all into the turkey cavity. If you have any remaining fresh herb sprigs,add them to the cavity as well.

Place in the oven.

Bake at 450 for 30 minutes. 

Reduce heat to 300, and roast until the turkey reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees, in the thigh. If the legs and wings are getting darker than you like, you can cover them with foil partway through the roasting time. I however have never needed to do this. 

Total roasting time is about 2 hours depending on how big of a turkey you have.


  1. I'm kind of relieved it's usually just the 5 of us for Thanksgiving. Food, football and no drama. Your turkey looks picture perfect!!!

  2. Your Thanksgiving plan sounds perfect! I hope it works out for you! We host our immediate family and my Mom who just is so nice compared to when we host my husbands side which is 6 kids and 10 adults, just too much. I'm thinking of trying your method this year, it sounds delicious!!!!!

  3. I love that you are doing Chinese! So fun!
    I can't lie though, I LOVE me some roast turkey on T-day and I am so trying your way!

  4. I hope your husband gets the days off so that y'all can go away for Thanksgiving! Thomas only gets Thanksgiving off too.(and normally only had Sundays off) so I totally know where you're coming from. Love the turkey! I'm always up for paleo meals so I can't wait to try this!

  5. That turkey is absolute perfection, gorgeous!

  6. Love the crispy skin! And, I hear you - I dream of Chinese food holidays but my family is not on board.

  7. I have been intrigued by Amy's recipe as well. You are making me hungry for turkey. Beautiful!

  8. Got to save this post for Thanksgiving reference!

  9. There is less human involvement, so there are less chances of contamination of food. Thus, the food products that are produced using the machines that we have are much healthier. deep fryers

  10. This sounds and looks great!

    How much garlic do you use? It's in the directions, but not in the ingredient list.

    1. 3 tbs of minced garlic! So sorry will fix the directions 👌🏻