Step 1Remove the turkey from the refrigerator 1 hour before cooking. Heat the oven to 450 degrees.
Step 2Place the turkey, breast-side up, in a roasting pan (you do not need a rack). If desired, tuck the wings under the back and tie the legs together.
Step 3Place the turkey in the oven and roast until a thermometer inserted in the thickest part of the thigh meat reaches 165 degrees, 1 hour and 45 minutes to 2 hours (timing will vary depending on the size and beginning temperature of the turkey).
Step 4Set the turkey aside to rest for 20 to 30 minutes before carving.