How to cook your holiday turkey in the microwave

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Penny Kahn has been cooking her holiday turkey in the microwave for 30 years!

Penny said she started the tradition after seeing it done on a cable TV show in the 80s. The segment was on a book called “Microwaves Are For Cooking,” and she remembers thinking, “hey I can do that!”

Penny gave the recipe a try, and has done it ever since. She said the turkey is always juicy, moist and flavorful — and is a big hit with all her guests.

Now you give it a try! Follow the microwave turkey recipe below:


  • 12 lb turkey
  • 1/4 lb melted butter
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • Lawry seasoning garlic salt


  • place turkey on microwave safe platter
  • salt and season the cavity
  • tie the wings to the body of the bird
  • mix 1/4 lb of melted butter and 1/2 cup of soy sauce together — will use this mixture as baste

— Estimate the cooking time at seven minutes per pound.

—Cover the entire turkey with the butter and soy sauce mixture.

— Remove turkey from microwave every 20 minutes, and baste with its own juices

— Turn the bird over after half of the cooking time.

— The temperature should be about 170 degrees when done. Let turkey stand 15-25 minutes before carving.

Note: To insure thorough cooking, be certain turkey is completely defrosted before cooking.



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