Gordon Ramsay’s Christmas turkey recipe requires one ‘secret’ ingredient to keep it juicy

Gordon Ramsay has shared his cooking method for making the juiciest and most delicious roasted turkey for your Christmas dinner.

The Michelin-star chef is known for perfecting the roast dinner and has shared that placing six slices of fatty bacon on the thickest part of the turkey will prevent the turkey from drying out while the bacon fat will help make the turkey extra succulent.

In a video online, Gordon said: “For me, without question, the star of the Christmas dinner is a delicious turkey. The secret success behind a great turkey is making sure this doesn’t dry out and it’s all in the preparation.”

Not only will this cooking technique make your Christmas turkey even more delicious, but will help the meat cook evenly as the breast tends to cook a lot quicker than the other sections such as the dark meat.

Lean meat such as turkey needs additional care before it is roasted as it is less likely to retain moisture, and Gordon has shared his recipe on making an “amazing” herb butter to spread on your turkey as well to make sure it is both juicy and succulent.

How to make Gordon Ramsay’s juicy Christmas turkey 


For the turkey:

  • One 5kg turkey (ideally Norfolk Black or Bronze)
  • Eight rashers of smoky streaky bacon
  • Two onions (peeled and halved)
  • One lemon (halved)
  • One garlic bulb (halved)
  • Six bay leaves
  • Salt and pepper

For the herb garlic butter:

  • 375g butter (room temperature)
  • Grated zest of two small lemons
  • Three garlic cloves
  • Chopped parsley leaves
  • One tablespoon of olive oil
  • Salt and pepper

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