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Tamari Turkey Brine


Special Diet

Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free


Main Course, Salad

Main Ingredient



Entertaining, Holidays


  • 1 16-24 pound turkey thawed and not pre-treated
  • Brine Base
  • 2 gallons cold water divided
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1 10- oz bottle San-J Tamari Soy Sauce
  • Optional Ingredients
  • Orange or lemon; peels or wedges
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Garlic cloves or powder
  • Ginger root or powder
  • Peppercorns
  • Sage dried or fresh
  • Thyme dried or fresh
  • Bay leaves
  • Whole cloves
  • Equipment
  • You need a container large enough to hold your turkey submerged in 2 gallons of water and able to keep cool for at least 8 hours
  • A large stock pot with lid or a food-safe bucket with lid and some space in the refrigerator
  • Or the crisper drawer lined with a large brining bag
  • Or a cooler filled with ice


  • Start by gathering your brining container and making space in the fridge or cooler. 
  • Remove the neck and giblets from the turkey. Rinse the turkey well, inside and out. Place the turkey breast side down in your prepared container. 
  • Dissolve the salt by heating it in a small amount of the water, in a medium saucepan. Once dissolved, remove from heat and add the bottle of Tamari Soy Sauce. Then, if using, add sugar and/or aromatics of choice. 
  • Pour the brine solution over the turkey, and then pour remaining cold water over the turkey. 
  • Cover and place in the fridge to brine for 8 hours or overnight. 
  • Once brining is complete, rinse the turkey with cold water, then pat dry with paper towels. Next, thoroughly clean your sink of any residue from the raw turkey.
  • You can then roast the turkey or allow to sit in fridge covered for another 24 hours until ready to cook. 
  • Roast as usual. Check the turkey’s temperature about an hour before the end of cooking time, as brined turkeys may cook more quickly. 

* The Gluten Free recipes that appear in this website incorporate a variety of San-J's products that are Certified Gluten Free. Please be sure to consider the other ingredients to make sure they comply with your dietary needs and restrictions.

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