How to Reheat Roast Turkey

Updated February 21, 2017

You may view it as a boon when cooking a turkey or you may see it as just more work afterwards, but most people have leftover turkey after cooking a holiday or other meal. While sandwiches and soup come to mind, reheating the roast turkey is another option available, especially if you have other leftover side dishes, such as stuffing to go with it. You can reheat a whole turkey, in the oven, if it was originally roasted the day before the meal.

Preheat the oven to 162 degrees C.

Place the roasted turkey in a baking dish or roasting pan. Add up to 1 cup water or broth. This amount will depend on whether you are reheating small portions of roast turkey or a full size bird.

Place the lid on the dish or roasting pan and bake the turkey until a meat thermometer reads 73.9 degrees C in the thickest part of the meat. This can take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour or more depending on the size of the turkey being reheated.

Arrange turkey slices or pieces on a microwave-safe platter or dish.

Cover the turkey with cling film.

Microwave on high, rotating the plate or dish often, until the turkey is piping hot. Ensure the meat has reached 73.9 degrees C using a meat thermometer.


Leftover turkey should be eaten within three to four days if refrigerated. For longer storage, package in freezer bags and freeze. Always refrigerate leftovers within two hours of the completed meal.

Things You'll Need

  • Covered baking dish or roasting pan
  • Water or broth
  • Meat thermometer
  • Cling film
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