Here’s How To Microwave Your Thanksgiving Turkey

“Alexa, turn on the microwave!”

By Joey Tack on November 27, 2019
SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 20: An "Amazonbasics Microwave," which can be controlled by Alexa, is pictured at Amazon Headquarters shortly after being launched, on September 20, 2018 in Seattle Washington. Amazon launched more than 70 Alexa-enable products during the event. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)
(Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)

Yes, seriously! These are Butterball’s instructions to cooking your bird in the microwave!

How to microwave a turkey 

(These instructions are for a 9-pound bird)

1. Thaw your turkey first – don’t put a frozen turkey in the microwave! 

2. Place turkey breast side down on a microwave-safe dish/plate.

3. Microwave it for 4 minutes per pound on full power (so 36 minutes for this 9lb turkey).

4. Remove drippings.

5. Flip it over on its breast and cook at 50 percent power for 8 minutes per pound, with 4 intervals (about every 18 minutes, while checking the turkey temp at each interval.

6. Don’t forget to baste and add a browning sauce for a golden brown look that you are used to.

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