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5 Ingredient Turkey Rub

If you’re looking for a simple turkey rub that is incredibly delicious, then this 5 Ingredient Turkey Rub is just what you need. This makes a beautiful and flavorful Rosemary Turkey that goes well with any side dish!

If you’re looking for a whole holiday meal, try adding my Cinnamon Sweet Potatoes, Kale Apple Salad, Honey Butter Dinner Rolls, and my Vanilla Bean Apple Pie!

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Why You'll Love This Recipe

You will love this 5 Ingredient Turkey Rub because you literally only need 5 ingredients! I bet you already have these ingredients in your pantry too! This simple turkey rub consists of organic poultry seasoning, organic rosemary, organic black pepper, sea salt, and organic extra virgin olive oil. That’s it!

The process is so simple, you mix the spices together and set aside. Brush your bird with extra virgin olive oil all over, and then rub the spices on. You can do this with a stuffed bird, or unstuffed, totally up to you. I made this one unstuffed, as that’s how I prefer my turkey.

This 5 Ingredient Turkey Rub is not only delicious, but it’s Whole30, it’s sugar free, it’s easy, and it makes an amazing flavorful turkey! I developed this recipe for my friends at Organic Prairie using their Organic Whole Turkey. Try this for Easter or Thanksgiving for a light and delicious healthy turkey recipe.

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Ingredients for 5 Ingredient Turkey Rub

Organic Prairie Whole Turkey (I had about a 14 pound turkey here)

Frontier Co-Op Organic Poultry Seasoning

Frontier Co-Op Organic Rosemary

Frontier Co-Op Organic Black Pepper

Frontier Co-Op Fine Sea Salt

Carapelli Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil

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How much extra virgin olive oil do I need?

You don’t need much. I didn’t provide a measurement, as it depends on how big your turkey is. The one I shot here was about 14 pounds and I think I used between 2 to 3 tablespoons total. Put a little olive oil in a bowl, start brushing it on, add more if you need it. You just need to coat the skin so the rub sticks to it.

What if I have a smaller turkey?

If your turkey is considerably smaller, you can half the recipe for the spice rub. But, even if you don’t use it all, you can store in your spice cabinet and use it on chicken as well!

What should I cook my turkey in?

You can use so many vessels to cook your turkey in. A roasting pan is the best as it allows the bird to brown all around. But if you don’t have a roasting pan you can use a baking pan as well. As long as the turkey fits and there is a place for drippings, then you’re all good. No need to be all fancy. You can always buy an aluminum turkey pan at most grocery stores during the holidays as well if you don’t have something big enough.

Why do you check internal temperature of turkey?

It’s always good to check the internal temperature of a turkey before taking it out to ensure that it’s done. A bird this big can look done, and not actually be done, so it’s super important to have a meat thermometer!

What can I make with leftover turkey?

So many things! You can make my Turkey Pepperjack Rolls which are amazing! You can make sandwiches, add turkey to grilled cheese, add turkey to salads. You can also make my Simple Turkey Salad, which is a twist on classic chicken salad, but with leftover turkey!

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Why go organic?

You may be wondering why I push organic ingredients for everything, even savory and healthy dishes. Organic ingredients go beyond just health and wellness, and contribute so much to the taste and flavor of a recipe. So, if you think that you're making something healthy and buying fruits, veggies, or meats so maybe you don't need to spend the extra to go organic here – let me sway your thinking.

Organic ingredients are made in a more pure way, therefore using no additives, no GMOs, and minimal ingredients. This really allows the true ingredients to shine – and because of that their flavor shines through. Therefore, organic ingredients are more flavorful than their non organic counterparts. So, just because it's already a healthy recipe, or you're already buying good for you ingredients – it doesn't mean you can skip organic! Trust me here, and make the switch. Your body and your taste buds will thank you!

So, I highly recommend that you buy the best organic ingredients for this recipe! You can also shop my Amazon Storefront for all my favorite organic ingredients here. Tip – hover over each ingredient to see the name. And if you want to learn more about organic foods and the difference, read my post here on Food Labels and What They Mean.

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5 Ingredient Turkey Rub

Recipe by MimiDifficulty: Easy



Try this simple turkey rub that is incredibly delicious! This 5 Ingredient Turkey Rub makes a beautiful and flavorful Rosemary Turkey that goes well with any side dish!


  • 1 Organic Prairie Whole Turkey (about 14 pounds)

  • 2 tablespoons organic poultry seasoning

  • 1 tablespoon organic dried rosemary

  • 1 tablespoon organic black pepper

  • 1 tablespoon fine sea salt

  • Organic extra virgin olive oil


  • Make sure your turkey is defrosted. Remove packaging and the bag of giblets from the turkey. Pat dry the turkey with paper towels.
  • Preheat the oven to 325°F. Add the turkey to a roasting pan, breast side up.
  • In a small bowl, add the poultry seasoning, rosemary, pepper, and salt and mix together.
  • Using a pastry brush, brush the turkey with olive oil until it’s completely coated. Sprinkle the spice mixture over the turkey and rub it into the skin until the turkey is completely coated.
  • Cover the turkey with foil.
  • Bake for 15 minutes per pound, uncovering for the last 30 minutes of baking to get a golden brown skin. Bake until internal temperature is 165°F.
  • Serve with oranges and fresh rosemary (optional).

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