Oolong Tea-Marinated Turkey


by: Katherine Martinelli

Oolong tea scents and flavors the turkey with a lovely taste and aroma. A great Thanksgiving alternative, or delicious any night of the week!


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serves: 4

2 quarts water

1/4 cup loose oolong tea leaves

1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar

1 tablespoon whole black peppercorns

1 piece 2-inch fresh ginger, sliced

1/2 teaspoon cloves

1/2 tablespoon mustard seeds

2 star anise

1 (4- to 6- pound/1.8- to 2.7-kilogram) boneless turkey breast

2 tablespoons canola oil

Nutrition Facts
Oolong Tea-Marinated Turkey

Servings Per Recipe: 4

Amount per Serving

Calories: 599

  • Total Fat: 8.2 g
  •     Saturated Fat: 1.4 g
  •     Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Cholesterol: 281.5 mg
  • Sodium: 241 mg
  • Total Carbs: 12.4 g
  •     Dietary Fiber: 0.4 g
  •     Sugars: 10.8 g
  • Protein: 112 g

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1.  Heat the water in a large pot or saucepan until steaming but not quite boiling. Add the tea and brown sugar and stir until the sugar dissolves.

2.  Add the peppercorns, ginger, cloves, mustard seeds, and star anise.

3.  Remove from the heat and allow the marinade cool to room temperature (be sure it is cool before adding the turkey – you don’t want to cook it. If you’re in a rush put it in the fridge.).

4.  Put the turkey breast in a large bowl and pour the marinade over (or, to save dishes, add the turkey breast to the pot).

5.  Refrigerate for 12 to 24 hours.

6.  When ready to roast the turkey, preheat the oven to 350°F/180°C.

7.  Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add the oil. Add the turkey breast and sear until golden-brown on each side, about 2 to 3 minutes per side.

8.  Remove the turkey from the pan and place it on a rack in a roasting pan.

9.  Bake until it reaches an internal temperature of 160°F/70°C on an instant-read thermometer. The time required for this will depend on the weight of the breast, roughly 15 minutes per pound/455 grams, or 60 to 90 minutes.

10.  Remove the turkey from the oven. Allow to rest for 10 to 15 minutes before slicing. Serve warm.

Cooks' note:
Gluten free, kosher meat

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