Oven roasted black pepper turkey

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1 large turkey breast
schedule 5 minutes
schedule 1 hour and 30 minutes
schedule 2 hours and 35 minutes
Super peppery turkey when cooked to temp is a very flavorful and moist addition to a sandwich. From a turkey, bacon club to a Kentucky Hot Brown (not an urban dictionary entry), this is a solid recipe to have bookmarked.


  • 2.5 to 3 pound boneless skinless turkey breast
  • 3 tablespoons dijon mustard
  • 14 to 12 cups black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon kosher salt


Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). 

After washing your hands (for the first time) now you need to mix all of your black pepper and your kosher salt in a small bowl. Do this first because your hands are about to get really turkey-y. 

Dollop three tablespoons of Dijon mustard on top of your turkey breast and with your hands, rub it all over the breast, making sure not to miss any spots. 

Start sprinkling all of your black pepper/salt mixture all over the turkey breast. The mustard should help all of the pepper start to stick to the turkey.. Make sure you do not leave any areas of turkey un-peppered.

Wash your hands.

On a rack in a roasting pan or a rack in a sheet pan, roast your pepper covered turkey breast for around one to one and a half hours. Preferably you will have an instant-read thermometer to watch for over cooking the turkey. 

You are shooting for 165 degrees F (74 C), but you can pull the turkey out around 155 or 160 F and it will carry over five to ten degrees while the meat is resting.

Once the turkey is done, let it sit for an hour and then refrigerate. You can slice it after 10 or 15 minutes of resting time but it will be easier to slice thinly if your turkey is cold. 

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One response to “Oven roasted black pepper turkey”

  1. Excellent recipe! Thank you so much. I was looking for a way to make my own to save money and know what’s in it. Our family gives this recipe a thumbs up! My only concern is having a source for fresh turkey breast outside major holiday seasons.so we can have this year-round.

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