Recipe: Turkey Leg Inasal

Turkey Leg Inasal Recipe
My first taste of barbecued turkey legs was in Texas, where "everything is bigger". We were at the Six Flags theme park: I remember holding a humongous leg that's almost as big as my face, and gnawing at it like a caveman. It was so big that I couldn't finish it, I ended up bringing it to the rodeo after our amazing day at the theme park. It was the best! Ugh, great times.

I just had to relive that moment... but Filipino-style. So when US Poutry challenged me to create a dish using US turkey, I instantly knew what I wanted to make: Turkey Leg Inasal. Yes, our famous and well-loved chicken dish, but in gigantic form.

Turkey Leg Inasal Recipe
These delicious turkey legs are big enough to feed four, thus I served it boodle-style. You don't need a special occasion or to roast up a whole bird to enjoy turkey. Trust me, you have to try this!

Turkey Leg Inasal Recipe

Turkey Leg Inasal

Turkey Leg Inasal Recipe
Prep time: 10 minutes (plus overnight marinade)
Cooking time: 45 - 60 minutes
Servings: 3 - 4 


2 US turkey legs

Turkey Leg Inasal Recipe
6 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbsp ginger, minced
4 stalks lemongrass, chopped
3/4 cup sugarcane vinegar
1-2 tbsp salt
0.5 tbsp black pepper, cracked
4 tbsp brown sugar
juice of  1 lime

Annatto Oil:
4 tbsp annatto seeds
1/2 cup cooking oil

Basting Mixture:
4 tbsp butter
3 tbsp annatto oil
pinch of salt
juice of 1/2 lime


Turkey Leg Inasal Recipe
1. Place turkey legs and marinade ingredients in a bowl. Mix well and leave in the fridge overnight to let the turkey absorb all the flavors.
2. Prepare the annatto oil prior to grilling: in a pan, simply heat oil and annatto seeds for 2 minutes, until the oil has turned red. Set aside.
3. Prepare the basting mixture: melt butter in the same pan (low heat) and transfer to a bowl. Mix in annatto oil, lime juice, and salt.
4. Heat up some coals and maintain a medium-low fire. Once ready, grill the turkey legs, making sure to keep an eye on them and flipping every 5-10 minutes. Brush with basting mixture every so often. Grill until tender and fully cooked, about 45 - 60 minutes, depending on the size of your turkey.
5. Serve with rice and condiments such as sukang sinamak, chili vinegar, toyo-mansi, and atsara.

Turkey Leg Inasal Recipe
Follow @usapeecphl on Instagram to know more about what they do and were to buy U.S. poultry in Manila. Special thanks to @afcphils for the whole U.S. Turkey!

Do you like turkey? What do you think of this turkey inasal recipe?

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