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Paige’s Chinatown Soy Turkey

Butter, butter, soy. Butter, butter, soy. Butter, butter, soy.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 5 hrs
Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Servings 6


  • 1 whole turkey
  • 1 head of garlic smashed
  • 2 tablespoons fresh ginger finely chopped
  • 1 bunch scallions chopped
  • splash of rice wine vinegar
  • splash of olive oil
  • 2 cups soy sauce
  • tons of fresh black pepper
  • 1 cup butter melted


  • Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • Wash and dry the turkey.
  • Prepare the marinade by mixing all of the remaining ingredients in a large bowl, except for the butter.
  • Baste the prepped turkey with the melted butter, and then baste with the soy marinade.
  • Once this first basting is done, combine the soy marinade with the butter and keep hot on the stove.
  • Roast the turkey at 400° for the first half hour, then reduce oven temperature to 325°, basting the turkey with the butter-soy marinade every 20-30 minutes until done (overall cook time depends on the size of your bird. Plan for roughly 20 minutes per pound.)
  • The skin should be pretty dark. It will also be delicious. Enjoy!