Easy Low-FODMAP Lemon and Herb Butter Roasted Turkey Recipe; Gluten-free

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You are going to be amazed by the moist, tender and delicious flavor of this low-FODMAP Lemon and Herb Butter Roasted Turkey.

It is not only delicious, it is super easy.

No basting.

No brining.

You can’t mess up this low-FODMAP Turkey recipe.

Love it on Thanksgiving with your family, make it for a Passover Seder (dairy-free variation below), or have it at your next Pot Luck gathering.  It will be gobbled up by everyone…pun intended 🙂

I serve this low-FODMAP Lemon and Herb Butter Roasted Turkey with:

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Rachel Pauls, MD

Low-FODMAP Lemon and Herb Butter Roasted Turkey Recipe; Gluten-free

Although this recipe has not been tested, a single serving should be low-FODMAP based on the ingredients

Serves 8-10

Prep time: 20 min plus 20 min to rest bird

Cook time 2 hours

Total time 2 hours 40 min

Bake 475 F, then 350 F

Equipment: Large roasting pan with rack, string,  meat thermometer (oven safe), aluminum foil


  • 1 (10 to 12 pound) whole turkey
    • Allow 1 to 1.5 pound per person
  • 3 tbsp plus 7 sprigs each of fresh thyme and rosemary; divided
  • 1 stick unsalted butter (8 tbsp)
    • For a dairy-free turkey, you can substitute canola oil or Earth Balance vegan spread
  • 1 teaspoon salt, plus extra for sprinkling (liberally)
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, plus extra for sprinkling (liberally)
  • 2 lemons; 1 zested and juiced, and one quartered; divided
    • Zest the lemon prior to cutting and juicing it
  • 3 medium carrots


  • If necessary, defrost your turkey over 1-3 days completely based on instructions provided (typically in the refrigerator)
  • Position a rack in the lower third of the oven; preheat to 475°F
  • Remove giblets and neck from turkey cavity (reserve for making low-FODMAP gravy if desired)
  • Place the turkey, breast-side up, on the rack in your large roasting pan; pat dry with paper towels
  • Liberally salt and pepper the inside of the turkey cavity
  • Partially melt the butter in microwave (Just enough so you can easily massage it into the turkey skin)
  • Add the zest and juice of the lemon and the chopped fresh spices, as well as the 1 tsp salt and pepper to the butter mixture
  • Rub the outside of the turkey with the butter mixture and get under the skin to rub the butter under the skin as well
    • If you have never done this, watch this online video to show you how to do this step (I love Ina Garten!)
    • Massage the butter and herbs into the bird well
  • Sprinkle with additional salt and pepper
  • Stuff the cavity with the quartered lemon, carrots and the fresh herb sprigs of rosemary and thyme
  • Tie the legs together with string and tuck the wing tips under the body of the turkey
  • Roast the turkey until the skin is golden brown, about 45 minutes
  • Remove the turkey from the oven
    • If using a remote digital thermometer, at this time insert it into the deepest part of the thigh, close to the joint
  • Cover the breast with a double layer of foil, cutting as necessary to conform to the breast
      • This allows the dark meat to cook fully while not drying out the breast meat
      • You only need to cover the breast parts

  • Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees and continue roasting for 1 to 1 & 1/2 hours more
  • The turkey is done when the inserted thermometer (or you can use an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh without touching bone) registers 165°F
  • Transfer the turkey to a serving platter, remove the smaller piece foil, then use a larger piece foil to cover completely
    • Let the turkey rest for 15- 20 minutes
  • Resting the turkey is important to allow juices to distribute properly and keep the meat moist
  • Remove string and carve as desired

This low-FODMAP turkey is the moistest I have ever had, and the flavor of the herbs is absolutely perfect.

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