How-To: Carve a Turkey

Learn how to carve a turkey with easy step-by-step instructions and pictures from Food Network.

Ready to Carve?

Let your turkey rest for 15 to 30 minutes, depending on its size, before beginning to carve. This settles the juices.

Leg and Thigh

Slice the skin near the thigh to separate the leg from the body. Cut through the joint and along the body, angling the knife towards the bone as you cut.

White Meat

Next, remove the wing. Then, make a long, deep cut along one side of the breast bone. Follow the curve of the bone, using long strokes with the tip of your knife and gently pulling the meat away as you go.

Slicing White Meat

Cut across the breast meat into nice slices for serving. Cut the wing in half.

Slicing Dark Meat

Separate the thigh from the drumstick by wiggling your knife in the joint until you feel the sweet spot. Remove the bone from the thigh and place the boneless thigh skin-side-up to slice.

Ready to Eat

Now your turkey is perfectly carved and sliced — time to dig in! Remember to save the carcass for turkey stock.

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How to Carve a Turkey: A Step-by-Step Guide

Carving a turkey is a skill, not an art, which means you can learn it. Follow these easy steps for mastering the technique, then watch the how-to video.