Turkey was never part of my life until I came to the U.S for the first time many many moons ago. It was amazing to me to see such a big bird sitting in the middle of the table waiting to be carved. Well, actually I won’t say that the whole idea was new to me because I grew up with food like roasted whole duck, roasted whole pig and things like that. It’s just that a bird that size is uncommon in Asia.
This recipe (and one more turkey recipe) I shared were my mom’s recipes. She made this two years ago when I just gave birth to my little girl. They are not the traditional Thanksgiving turkey recipe as you can see. So, we did have an Asian-style Thanksgiving meal 🙂
Here was the first version my mom made, with a little hint of spicyness 🙂 We love them. This recipe works on chicken and quails too 😉
BAKED TURKEY WITH SPICY SAUCE
- 1 lb turkey (breast, legs, etc, it's up to you, with skin on)
- 1 Tbsp red chili powder
- 1 tsp white pepper powder
- 1 tsp minced garlic
- 1 Tbsp soy sauce
- 1 tsp fresh ginger juice
- 1 Tbsp sugar
- 1 Tbsp sesame oil
- Marinate the turkey parts for at least 1 hour in the refrigerator with the marinade ingredients (overnight is best)
- Preheat oven to 375 F. Line your baking sheets with aluminium foil and baked until they are cooked, it takes about an hour or maybe longer
My husband is Korean and he absolutely loved this turkey. I roasted a whole turkey with the marinade, after it marinated in the frig overnight. It was very moist and he had it with some Kimchi. Totally enjoyed it. Thanks for the recipe.
Hello Hope, I’m so glad he enjoyed it. I have to make this again. This is one of my favorite recipes from mom. Thank you for letting me know!
Wow, this looks wonderful, too (just like your turkey with sambal recipe)!
I would much rather have turkey prepared this way than with the typical seasonings (which leave the turkey so dry, it makes both gravy and cranberry sauce necessary!). Come to think of it, I’d like to try out these seasonings on a whole roast chicken, too…
Hi Allison, thanks for stopping by and leave comments 🙂 I think the seasonings will work out great on the whole roast chicken too 😀 I think I’m gonna try that mysel 😀