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Cooking sous vide turkey breast is one of the easiest ways to cook a perfect turkey, every time. In this recipe you’ll learn my tried and true sous vide turkey breast time and temp, and how to finish an uncooked turkey in the oven (if that happens to you).

How to sous vide turkey breast

Recommended sous vide temp for turkey breast

The beauty of this recipe is that you can cook any turkey breast around 3-4 LB at 145 degrees. So you can confidently buy a turkey breast without the fear of serving sous vide turkey breast not fully cooked.

In this recipe, I worked with a sous vide turkey breast with bones. You can adapt this recipe for a turkey breast without bones.

How long does it take to sous vide a turkey?

Cooking a turkey sous vide style only takes a few hours. Poultry cooks way faster in the sous vide machine than red meat, like these melt-off-the-bone 48 hour sous vide short ribs.  

If you’re also a fan of dark turkey meat, check out this recipe for sous vide turkey legs.

Take the sous vide turkey temperature when it’s finished the water bath. If the sous vide turkey is not fully cooked, finish it for ~20 minutes in the oven to a safe 165 degrees (as recommended for poultry).
If the turkey breast cooked completely in the water bath, broil it on high to achieve the perfect golden skin. The extra oven / broiling time yeilds a sous vide turkey breast with extra crisp skin.

Seasoning the turkey bag

To make the paste for the turkey I used a couple tablespoons of ghee, a diced shallot, rosemary, garlic salt, and black pepper. Before sealing the bag, I popped in a handful of lemon slices. So simple, with no basting needed!

Have you tried ghee? I love to use ghee as a base for making a turkey seasoning paste. The Fatworks ghee is easy to use with sous vide cooking. A little goes a long way. They also sell duck fat and beef tallow, which I use in other sous vide recipes.

Why ghee over oil? You could use oil. Or broth. But ghee is great for sous vide recipes, because it’s adds flavor and fat, without liquid. Some low-model vacuum sealers don’t seal properly with a lot of liquid. If you’re looking for a better vacuum sealer, check out my video demo on the Foodsaver 4000.

Cook sous vide turkey breast year round

Many people have written in, asking how can you cook a turkey sous vide for Thanksgiving or Christmas. But, don’t be limited, friends! This recipe is great to make year-round turkey. Personally, I’m a big fan of making sous vide turkey for sandwiches. (I’m one of those people that gets through the morning by looking forward to lunch!) Fresh sous vide turkey, soft havarti cheese and a little mayo does it for me!

Q: What happened when the turkey got into a fight?
A: He got the stuffing knocked out of him!

Soon, I’ll be sharing a recipe for whole turkey sous vide style. Sign up to get an email and be the first to know when it’s available. As a sous vide email insider, you’ll also get access to exclusive sous vide tips and guides.

If you haven’t checked it out yet, don’t miss this recipe for sous vide short ribs. And if you’re a big fan of taco nights, learn how to make sous vide pulled pork carnitas.

Reach out if you have any questions about making sous vide turkey! Your proud-to-make-delicious-turkey blogger bud, Jenna.


 

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sous vide turkey breast with gravy at the perfect time and temp

Sous vide turkey breast

When you don’t want to cook a whole turkey, try this recipe for sous vide turkey breast! It’s delicious for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and beyond… perfect for sous vide turkey sandwiches! This sous vide turkey time and temp can be adapted for turkey breasts between 3-4 LBs. You’ll finish off the turkey in the oven for a perfect, crispy skin. 

Course Dinner, Thanksgiving
Cuisine American
Keyword Sous vide, Thanksgiving
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
resting time 10 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 10 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 250 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 skin-on turkey breast half 3-4 pounds
  • 2 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 3 tbsp ghee or butter / oil
  • 2 tbsp shallot diced
  • 1 tbsp rosemary diced
  • 1/2 lemon sliced

Instructions

  1. Set the sous vide machine to 145 degrees. Make a paste of the garlic salt, pepper, rosemary, and ghee. Season the turkey breast with the paste. Place the turkey breast in a vacuum seal bag, add lemon slices and vacuum seal the bag. Place the vacuum sealed turkey in the water bath for 3 hours.

  2. When the sous vide cooking is complete, remove the turkey breast from the bag and pat it dry (you may want to reserve the juice to make a gravy). Take the temperature of the turkey to ensure it is fully cooked to a safe poultry temperature of 165 degrees. If it is undercooked, read the direction in the recipe notes. If the turkey is fully cooked, broil the turkey on high for 5 minutes to make a golden, crispy skin.
  3. Rest turkey for 10 minutes, then serve. 

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

Each turkey breast varies. It’s a good idea to check the internal temperature when the sous vide bath is complete. If the turkey has not finished cooking, continue it in the oven at 400 degrees until it reaches a safe poultry temperature (try 15-20 minutes then retake the temperature). If the turkey skin browns during the extra cooking time, skip the broiling step.

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