For a perfectly moist turkey, this Cajun Turkey Brine will be your go-to recipe after you try it once. Deliciously moist meat full of Cajun flavors.
We often cook a turkey, but naturally we think of Thanksgiving and Christmas when we talk turkey.
If you're looking for an easy recipe and a great way to keep your turkey moist brining is the way to go. You'll still get delicious holiday flavors with this ultimate Cajun-flavored turkey.
❤️ Why you'll love it
- Anything that is easy, naturally we love it.
- You'll never have a dry turkey again.
- A Cajun recipe will always make things taste better (IMO).
- You will never taste breast meat so juicy, it's a really tender turkey. The brining process is key, it's amazing what a simple brine can do.
- Everyone will be impressed at your Thanksgiving dinner.
- Creole Mustard
- Cajun Spice Mixture
- Bay Leaves
See recipe card at the bottom of this post for quantities.
This is an overview of the recipe steps. For more detailed instructions visit the recipe card at the bottom of this post.
- Step 1: Add half of the water to a large stock pot (big enough to drop your turkey into).
- Step 2: Place on your stove over medium heat to high heat and heat just enough to allow your salt and sugar to dissolve.
- Step 3: Add the salt, sugar, Creole mustard, garlic, lemons, Cajun seasoning and bay leaves. Stir until the sugar and salt are totally dissolved.
- Step 4: Add the remaining water to cool.
- Step 5: Place the pot into your refrigerator for about two hours.
- Step 6: Once the hot brine solution has cooled, drop the whole bird (whole turkey) into the delicious flavors of the brine, until covered completely.
- Step 7: Cover with a lid (or some aluminum foil) and refrigerate for a minimum of 24 hours for best results.
- Step 8: Remove from the brine and pat the turkey skin dry with paper towels. Allow to sit at room temperature in a large roasting pan for an hour or so, until you're ready to cook.
Hint: Add ice to your remaining water, to cool the brine quicker. You could also put the pot into your freezer (if you have room) - it's my favorite way to cool it quicker.
Do not put a warm/hot pot into your refrigerator/freezer as it can raise the temperature of your refrigerator, which is not good for the other things in there.
🔄 Substitutions and Variations
- Brown Sugar - instead of granulated sugar.
- Cayenne Pepper - for extra heat.
- Olive Oil - for softness.
- Rosemary Sprigs - add some of these for those holiday flavors.
- Garlic Powder - instead of fresh garlic.
- Black Pepper - added for more spice.
- Onion Powder - of extra flavor.
- Worcestershire Sauce - for a little umami.
- Thyme Sprigs - for more holiday flavors.
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You'll need a large pot, big enough to drop your turkey into (but will fit in your refrigerator). If you have trouble with this, larger birds can pose a problem, try using brine bags.
I have an affiliate link in the recipe card below for the pot I use and for brining bags.
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After you have used the turkey brine it cannot be used again. For various reasons, not only is it contaminated by the raw turkey meat but the turkey tends to soak up all the salt so it won't be as good.
Just toss it.
Expert Tip: Drop your turkey into the brine by the feet, this will fill up the cavity with the brine and sink it to the bottom better.
I recommend at least 24 hours in the brine - but no more than 2 days - for the ultimate juicy turkey.
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- 2 Gallons Water (divided)
- 1 Cup Kosher Salt
- ½ Cup Granulated Sugar
- ¼ Cup Creole Mustard
- 1 Lemon, juiced
- 5 Cloves Garlic, crushed
- 6 Tablespoons Cajun Seasoning
- 2 Large Bay Leaves
- Add one gallon of water to a large stock pot.
- Heat on the stove, just until hot enough to dissolve the sugar and salt.
- Add the salt, sugar, Creole mustard, lemon juice and lemons, crushed garlic coves, Cajun seasoning and bay leaves. Stir until the salt and sugar has dissolved.
- Add the remaining gallon of water, cold would be better as it will cool the brine quicker.
- Once the brine has come down to room temperature place the whole pot into the refrigerator, for 2 hours.
- Once the brine has become cold slowly drop your turkey into the stock pot and cover.
- Allow to sit in the refrigerator for a minimum of 24 hours and up to 2 days.
- Remove from the brine and allow the turkey to sit at room temperature for an hour or two before cooking.
To cool your brine even faster, add ice in the remaining gallon of water.
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Nutrition InformationYield 1 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 526Total Fat 4gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 0mgSodium 80964mgCarbohydrates 127gFiber 8gSugar 103gProtein 6g