Turkey cooking guide

Whatever your plans for the big day, we've got the perfect turkey and the essential turkey know-how to help you prepare for the big day

Whole turkeys

Weight range (kg)Approx. no. of servingsApprox. cooking time
2.5–4.496–102hrs 10mins–2hrs 50mins
4.50–5.9911–142hrs 50mins–3hrs 44mins
6.00–7.4915–183hrs 45mins–4hrs 14mins
7.50–9.0019–224hrs 15mins–4hrs 45mins

Turkey crowns

Weight range (kg)Approx. no. of servingsApprox. cooking time 
1.20–2.293–71hr 59mins–2hrs 20mins
2.30–3.198–112hrs 21mins–2hrs 48mins
3.20–4.0912–152hrs 29mins–3hrs 7mins

Food hygiene tips

Helping you prepare your turkey safely this Christmas

How to cook a turkey

First, preheat the oven to gas mark 4, 180°C, fan 160°C. For whole birds, remove any giblets from the neck (simmer these in a flavour-packed stock as the basis for your gravy) and bring to room temperature up to an hour before cooking (30 minutes for smaller joints)

How to carve a turkey

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