How to Carve a Turkey

Ready to serve? Carve your turkey on a stable cutting board with a sharp carving knife and a meat fork with two tines. Carving a turkey is easier if you allow it to stand for 15 to 20 minutes before cutting.

Follow these easy steps for a beautiful presentation:

  • Place turkey breast-side up. Remove any ties or skewers. Pull the leg away from the body until the thigh bone pops out. Cut through joint.


Slice along the breast bone to remove breast meat. Cut off the wings.


Separate the thigh from the drumstick. Slice pieces off of the bone.