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Roasted Garlic Rosemary Turkey Breast

Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time2 hrs 30 mins
Total Time2 hrs 50 mins
Servings: 6 servings


  • 3 heads garlic tops removed but bulbs stay together
  • 10-12 fresh sprigs of rosemary
  • 1 bone in turkey breast - about 6 pounds rinsed & patted dry with a paper towel
  • 2 sticks butter room temperature
  • garlic salt to taste
  • black pepper to taste


  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Rub 1 stick of butter all over the turkey breast & push some underneath the skin.
  • In a baking dish, baking pan, or cast iron skillet - place 1 stick of butter in the center of the pan. Put one of the garlic bulbs (with tops removed but bulbs still intact - cloves exposed & facing up) under beside the butter & top with half of the rosemary sprigs. Place the turkey breast on top of the butter, garlic & rosemary. Sprinkle the turkey breast with garlic salt & pepper to taste. Place the other 2 garlic bulbs (with tops removed, cloves exposed & facing up) beside the turkey breast & top the turkey breast with the remaining rosemary sprigs.
  • Bake at 325 for 2 to 2.5 hours or until an instant read thermometer inserted into the thickest part reads 160 degrees. Transfer the turkey breast to a cutting board & let it rest for 30 minutes. The temperature will continue to rise as it rests to reach 170 degrees.
  • Carve the breast, serve with gravy (recipe follows) if desired. Serve the roasted garlic alongside the turkey for folks who really love their garlic (like me!) to eat the caramelized roasted garlic cloves with their turkey.

To make a gravy:

  • Pour any pan drippings into a degreasing cup or small bowl. Reserve 3 tablespoons of the fat & discard the rest. Add the juices to 3 cups of low-sodium turkey or chicken stock. Add the reserved fat to the pan and place on a burner over medium high heat. Scrape up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon. Stir in the flour and cook for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Whisk in the stock and continue to stir. Add some roasted garlic cloves, if desired. Bring to a boil and cook until thickened, about 3 minutes. Strain the gravy and season with salt and pepper to taste.