Reheating Turkey

Reheating turkey is easy and means you can enjoy some delicious leftovers! See our tips and tricks below for keeping the meat as succulent as possible.



  • Make sure you reheat leftovers to at least 70°C for a minimum of 2 minutes.
  • Do not reheat leftovers more than once.

How to reheat turkey in the oven:

  • Reheating turkey in the oven is the best option for moist and tender leftovers.
  • The oven retains moisture and ensures even reheating.
  • Slice any leftover turkey into smaller pieces; it’s okay to leave drumsticks whole. Try to make sure the turkey pieces are a similar size to ensure even reheating.
  • Place the leftovers on a roasting dish in an even layer.
  • Tip:Add stock and butter for extra juicy leftovers. Pour a small amount of stock into the bottom of the roasting dish and dot a small amount of butter on top of the turkey leftovers.
  • Cover the roasting tray tightly with foil.
  • Reheat in the oven at 180°C for 30 minutes or until the turkey is very hot and has reached at least 70°C for 2 minutes.
  • Reheating the turkey low and slow like this helps to maintain the most amount of moisture.

How to reheat turkey in the microwave:

  • If you’re reheating a small amount of leftovers, the microwave can be the best option.
  • It’s best to slice your turkey into smaller, similar-sized pieces for quick and even reheating. If possible, slice any turkey off the bone.
  • Place in a microwave-safe container or on a microwave-safe plate.
  • If possible, drizzle with a small amount of leftover gravy or some stock.
  • Cover with a damp paper towel or loosely cover your microwave-safe container with a lid.
  • Cook for 3 minutes on a medium-high setting, then check the temperature of the turkey–you want it to be piping hot. If necessary, continue to microwave in 30 second bursts, until ready.

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