How to Cook a Turkey in a Plastic Bag

Things You'll Need

  • 2 tbsp. flour

  • Knife

  • Roasting pan

  • Nylon tie included with bag

  • Meat thermometer

Place your turkey into a roasting bag to prevent it from drying out.

Turkey often dries out in the oven during roasting. Cooking the turkey in a bag traps the moisture inside, keeping the meat juicy. Do not use any plastic bag for cooking a turkey. You must use a plastic roasting bag. These bags are made from a heat-resistant plastic which will not melt or burn in the oven. Look for plastic roasting bags in grocery stores near the aluminum foil.

Step 1

Remove giblets and neck from the thawed turkey.

Step 2

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 3

Sprinkle flour inside the bag and shake bag to coat the inside.

Step 4

Puncture the bag with a fork in several places to vent steam.

Step 5

Place the plastic roasting bag into a roasting pan.

Step 6

Insert the unstuffed turkey into the bag and loosely close the bag with the nylon tie.

Step 7

Cook the turkey in the plastic roasting bag for 1 ½ to 2 ¼ hours for 8 to 12 lb. turkeys; 2 ¼ to 2 ¾ hours for 12 to 14 lb. birds; 2 ¾ to 3 ½ hours for 14 to 18 lb. turkeys; 3 ½ to 4 hours for 18 to 20 lb. turkeys and up to 5 hours for larger turkeys.

Step 8

Insert a meat thermometer into the thigh and breast and remove the turkey when the thermometer reads 170 degrees Fahrenheit in the breast and 180 degrees Fahrenheit in the thigh.


Do not cook the turkey with stuffing in it as it will increase the cooking time and the stuffing might not cook enough to kill bacteria.