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Take a stand against dry, flavorless turkey! This holiday season, make sure your bird impresses all of your guests and relatives by using our savory turkey brine. Kikkoman’s soy sauce brine recipe will ensure that you cook a Juicy Bird with flavorful, fall-off-the-bone tender meat.

Think you don’t have the tools to brine? Well, we’re letting you in on a little secret. Your refrigerator drawer is your tool for success! Chef Helen Roberts has perfected the turkey brine; she shares her secrets in the video below.

After you’ve brined your bird, check out our other recipes for more ideas. You will be grateful you have Kikkoman soy sauce on hand to flavor your holiday dishes.

Want the recipe? Check it out below.

Here are a couple of additional brining recipes, including a brine for chicken and a brine from Chef Jet Tila.

Kikkoman Turkey Brine

Savory Turkey Brine

Ingredients (Recipe for a 16–24 pound turkey)

2 gallons cold water
10 ounces Kikkoman Naturally Brewed Soy Sauce
½ cup kosher salt
½ cup sugar
2 tablespoons dried sage
2 tablespoons dried celery seed
1 tablespoon dried thyme


The night before roasting, remove giblets and turkey neck; rinse turkey inside and out. In a large stock pot or 5 gallon bucket, mix water with remaining ingredients. Stir well until all the salt is dissolved. Place turkey in the pot, cover with a lid and refrigerate overnight or for at least 8 hours. Remove turkey from the brine, rinsing well. Follow your regular cooking instructions.

Here’s what the experts have to say about brining:

“Inside the meat cells are proteins. Salt solubilizes the proteins and unwinds them a little, which allows them to hold moisture better when the meat is cooked.”

Joseph C. Cordray, Ph.D.—a professor of animal science at Iowa State University

Our Holiday Recipes

Brine Brussels Sprouts

Brined Brussels Sprouts

Brining isn’t just for meat. Brine veggies for a rich, savory taste. Perhaps one of the most trendy veggies, brussels sprout, is a prime candidate for a Kikkoman soy sauce brine.

Soygreen Apple Martini

Kikkoman Soy-Green Apple Martini

Enjoy a tart martini with a hint of Kikkoman soy sauce as you entertain your guests. Pickled ginger juice, ginger vodka and soy sauce give this martini a unique flavor profile.

Glazed Carrots

Glazed Carrots

Give your carrots a teriyaki kikk with our Glazed Carrots recipe. Our teriyaki sauce moistens the carrots and adds a salty element to balance out the sweetness.

Wasabi Mashed Potatoes

Wasabi Mashed Potatoes

Put some POW in your potatoes. We put a Kikkoman spin on traditional mashed potatoes by adding our spicy Wasabi sauce.

Garlicky Scalloped Potatoes

Garlicky Scalloped Potatoes

Looking for a way to dress up your potatoes? Adding soymilk to our Garlicky Scalloped potatoes will make your spuds rich and creamy.

Green Bean Casserole

Green Bean Casserole

The best part of green bean casserole is the crunchy topping. Our panko kikks up the crunch in this Green Bean Casserole recipe.

Chocolate Ganache Sauce

Kikkoman Chocolate Ganache Sauce for Favorite Chocolate Cake

The sweets are just as important as the main course. Add our secret weapon to your dessert arsenal: Chocolate Ganache sauce. You will find yourself licking the plate: it’s so indulgent.

Leftovers? Whip up one of these recipes and keep enjoying your holiday meal.