Diabetes-Friendly Recipes

Roast Turkey with Orange, Lemon, and Fresh Ginger

Servings: 8
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total: 3 hours 30 minutes


  • 1 lemon (for grated zest and for using in the turkey)
  • 1 orange (for grated zest and for using in the turkey)
  • 11-pound turkey
  • 3 tablespoons grated fresh ginger
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
  • 1 cloves garlic
  • freshly ground pepper, to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  2. In a bowl, combine zests of lemon and orange, grated ginger, canola oil, lemon juice, orange juice, and brown sugar to form a basting sauce.
  3. Cut the lemon in half and rub the skin and inside of turkey with the cut side of one half (then you can discard it).
  4. Put the other lemon half in the turkey cavity, along with half of the orange and the 2 cloves of garlic.  Truss the turkey.
  5. Place the turkey on a rack and roast uncovered for 30 minutes.
  6. Lower the oven temperature to 325°F.
  7. Stir the basting sauce and brush over the turkey, then tent the turkey with a sheet of heavy-duty aluminum foil and continue to roast for 2 hours, basting 3 more times.
  8. Uncover the turkey, baste again, and continue to roast until an instant meat thermometer inserted in the thickest part of the thigh registers 180°F.
  9. Transfer to a carving platter and keep warm until ready to carve.

Nutrition Information

Per 4-ounce serving:193 calories (28% calories from fat), 33 g protein, 6 g total fat (1.9 g saturated fat), 0 carbohydrates, 0 dietary fiber, 86 mg cholesterol, 338 mg potassium, 79 mg sodium
Diabetic exchanges:4 lean protein




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