Can You Roast a Still-Frozen Turkey? How To Cook A Frozen Turkey [VIDEO]
"How do I cook a frozen turkey?" Is a question often asked after forgetting to take your bird out of the freezer in time for a proper defrost before a holiday. As I was looking for info on how to thaw out a frozen turkey, I found a few websites that claimed that cooking a turkey while it was still frozen was actually better than defrosting it first.
So, I tried it myself. Read on to find out if it worked and how to do it.
TLC claimed that there is much less of a chance of ingesting unsafe bacteria by cooking the bird while it is still frozen, another woman said she actually liked they way her frozen birds turned out better than the ones she'd always defrosted.I decided to put it to the test myself.
A few years ago I would have thought you were crazy to try and cook a turkey while it was still frozen. But lo-and-behold, it works just fine. It takes a little longer, but it turned out pretty good.
Was it the best turkey I've ever made? No, but it certainly wasn't the worst. And I bet I could get even better with a little practice.
The verdict:No time to defrost your bird? No problem!
The basic cooking method goes like this: (for a 12-14 pound bird)
- Pre-heat your over to 325 degrees
- Unwrap your bird and place it in a shallow roasting pan
- Place in oven for 3 to 3 1/2 hours
- If the inside is soft enough, remove bird from oven to take out the neck and giblets
- Season and stuff the bird how ever you desire
- Place back in oven and bake for another 2 to 3 hours, monitoring the breast temperature
- Once the bird has reached an internal temp of around 170 degrees, remove and let sit for 15 minutes or so
- Slice, serve and enjoy!