Sous Vide Time and Temperature Charts

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What Would You Like to Sous Vide?

How to Sous Vide Turkey

For most people, turkey just comes out once or twice a year. But once you taste sous vide turkey you'll be looking for excuses to eat it year round.

Once you discover how to cook turkey with sous vide it's hard to go back to the bland, dry roasted version. This sous vide turkey guide will give you all the info you need for a great bird.

Sous vide turkey serving side

Ensuring turkey is safe to eat is a big concern with turkey and all poultry. This used to mean cooking it to at least 150°F or 165°F (65.5°C to 73.8°C). But as we discussed in the lesson on Sous Vide Safety, you can achieve the same safety levels through extended cooking at lower temperatures. This allows you to enjoy much juicier poultry than you normally would.

Once heated, turkey and other poultry are pasteurized by cooking it at:

  • 140°F (60.0°C) for 30 minutes
  • 145°F (62.8°C) for 12 minutes
  • 150°F (65.6°C) for 4 minutes

Below are my recommended cooking time and temperatures for sous vide turkey.

Sous vide turkey thigh bath

General Sous Vide Turkey Process

The process for sous viding a turkey is a little more involved than just tossing it in the oven, but almost all of it can be done ahead of time, the meat turns out amazing, and it reduces a lot of the stress I always feel when I'm roasting a whole bird.

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Break Down the Turkey

The first step of sous viding a turkey is to realize that the white meat and dark meat should be cooked separately. They both shine at different temperatures, as anyone who has tried to roast a whole turkey knows. So while you can do them at the same time, you will be sacrificing flavor and texture of one or both of them.

Sous vide turkey pieces side

So you can either buy a whole turkey and break it down into legs, thighs, wings, breasts, and body, or you can buy pre-cut turkey. Buying pre-cut turkey is also a great way to get more light or dark meat, depending on the taste preferences of your family.

You also shouldn't sous vide a whole turkey unless it has been efficiently shrink-wrapped. Otherwise, the air in the cavity of the bird will usually not come up to temperature and could cause the inside of the bird to become unsafe.

Season the Meat

There are many different ways you can season your turkey meat. For a traditional flavor I like some citrus peel, salt, and sage, rosemary, or thyme. You can also use spice rubs for a more varied flavor - I love a good BBQ rub or curry rub on turkey.

Sous vide turkey thigh raw side

Cook the Dark Meat

The dark meat cooks at a higher temperature than the white meat so I usually cook it first. I prefer dark meat cooked at 148°F (64.4°C) for around 6 to 12 hours. I think it results in a good amount of tenderness while still retaining a lot of moisture.

Sous vide turkey thigh bath

Once the dark meat is cooked, I take it out, chill it in an ice bath, and keep it in the refrigerator until about an hour or two before it's time to eat. Then I reheat it in the sous vide machine, sear it, and serve.

I know that ChefSteps just leaves their dark meat in the sous vide machine while the white meat cooks, but I haven't tried this myself.

This year I'll be cooking my dark meat the day before Thanksgiving so it'll be all ready to go once I toss it in the bath a few hours before we eat.

Here's a more detailed look at how to sous vide a turkey leg and thigh.

Cook the White Meat

The turkey breast benefits from a lower temperature than the dark meat. I have found that 140°F (60°C) for 4 to 8 hours is what I like best.

Gourmia sous vide 140 closeup

You can either time the turkey breasts to be done when you are ready to eat, or you can do it ahead of time, chill them in an ice bath and store them in the refrigerator. Then when you are an hour or two away from eating you can bring them back up to temperature in the sous vide bath before drying them off and searing them.

Here's a more detailed look at how to sous vide a turkey breast.

Make Stock with the Body

If you are a fan of gravy with your turkey, you may be wondering how you'll get enough juices to make it. Using the body and wings of the turkey to make stock is my go-to method, even if I end up roasting the bird in a traditional manner. A good stock, especially if you have a pressure cooker, has more flavor than the simple pan drippings will.

To make a turkey stock, combine some aromatics like onions, carrots, and celery with some herbs and spices like bay leaf, coriander and peppercorns. Add the turkey bones, wings, or body - roasted for additional flavor if you like - and cover with water. Either simmer on the stove for 2 to 4 hours, or pressure cook for 60 minutes. Then strain and use the stock to make gravy, add flavor to vegetables, and add body to sauces and stir-frys.

Here's a more in-depth look at how to make a pressure cooked stock.

Modernist Sous Vide Turkey Options

Now that it's close to Thanksgiving it's time to talk sous vide turkey. What better way to show off your sous vide machine than making a moist, perfectly cooked turkey for you friends and family. Here's a few articles and recipes to get you started on your way.

My sous vide Thanksgiving Planning is a great place to start for Thanksgiving recipes.

Sous Vide Turkey Bites with Modernist Air

Turkey with ultratex gravy

This tasty sous vide turkey bite combines a light and airy soy lecithin cranberry air foam and a smooth modernist ultra-tex gravy which makes a fun party dish! Sous Vide Turkey Bites with Cranberry Air Recipe

Grant Achatz Sous Vide Turkey at Home

A nice look at doing turkey at home, as well as examining how hard it is to cook turkey whole, whether in sous vide or roasting it. A great defense for why sous vide turkey can turn out so well. It includes some videos so you can really see how the process works.

Sous Vide Supreme Turkey for Thanksgiving

A nice look at sous vide turkey especially for Thanksgiving time. Also addresses the sous vide vegetables you could make as well. Give you a nice time line for approaching Thanksgiving dinner.

Sous Vide Turducken

Time.com did a nice article on sous vide turducken. If you really want to go all out you can replace your Thanksgiving turkey with a turducken. This steps you through the setup and cooking of the sous vide turducken.

Sous Vide Turkey Leg

Not really for Thanksgiving, this sous vide turkey recipe from Wasabimon will help you get a perfect turkey leg for "caveman-style gnawing".

Sous Vide with Kikkoman

A nice look at doing a sous vide turkey in pieces. They used a Kikkoman soy sauce brine to help flavor it.

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Sous Vide Turkey Temperatures and Times

Breast

turkey-breast

All should be pasteurized by thickness

Drumstick

turkey-drumstick

  • Medium: 141ºF for 4 to 6 Hours (60.6ºC)
  • Ideal: 148ºF for 4 to 6 Hours (64.4ºC)
  • Shreddable: 165ºF for 8 to 12 Hours (73.9ºC)
  • How to sous vide turkey drumstick

Leg

turkey-leg

  • Medium: 141ºF for 4 to 6 Hours (60.6ºC)
  • Ideal: 148ºF for 4 to 6 Hours (64.4ºC)
  • Shreddable: 165ºF for 8 to 12 Hours (73.9ºC)
  • How to sous vide turkey leg

Thigh

turkey-thigh

  • Medium: 141ºF for 4 to 6 Hours (60.6ºC)
  • Ideal: 148ºF for 4 to 6 Hours (64.4ºC)
  • For Shredding: 165ºF for 8 to 12 Hours (73.9ºC)
  • How to sous vide turkey thigh

Whole

whole-turkey

Wings

turkey-wings

  • Tender: 140°F for 2 to 4 Hours (60.0ºC)
  • Braise-Like
  • Tender Braise: 150°F for 2 to 4 Hours (65.6ºC)
  • Firm but Tenderized: 156°F for 2 to 4 Hours (68.9ºC)
  • More Fall Apart: 165°F for 2 to 4 Hours (73.9ºC)
  • Really Fall Apart: 176°F for 2 to 4 Hours (80.0ºC)
  • How to sous vide turkey wings
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