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Herb & Mustard Crusted Turkey Legs

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Whole roasted turkeys just aren’t really a thing here in Australia.

We don’t typically celebrate Thanksgiving and running an oven for hours and hours on Christmas Day, when it is traditionally very hot, isn’t my idea if fun. However, I love turkey and often find these turkey drumsticks fresh at the supermarket at a reasonable price.

My children are adults now and there are a lot of meals that are just my husband and myself, so being able to scale a meal up or down easily is great — especially at a time of year when we all have so much on our plates already. Each turkey leg is a generous serve for one person, so calculate it up or down to suit yourself. This low-carb recipe is for two people.

Why use turkey legs instead of a whole turkey? If you're only cooking for two, three or four people, baking the whole bird may be an overkill. This keto recipe uses only turkey drumsticks which are easy to portion out and scale up or down if needed.

The grain-free mustard and herbs can be altered to suit your personal tastes too, although I think this is a particularly delicious combination. This is a tasty festive keto dinner recipe for your holiday table. Enjoy!

Hands-on Overall

Serving size about 140 g/ 5 oz cooked meat and skin

Allergy information for Herb & Mustard Crusted Turkey Legs

✔  Gluten free
✔  Egg free
✔  Nut free
✔  Pork free
✔  Avocado free
✔  Coconut free
✔  Fish free
✔  Beef free

Nutritional values (per serving, about 140 g/ 5 oz cooked meat and skin)

Net carbs1.8 grams
Protein38.4 grams
Fat36.2 grams
Calories483 kcal
Calories from carbs 1%, protein 32%, fat 67%
Total carbs2.9 gramsFiber1.1 gramsSugars0.3 gramsSaturated fat17.9 gramsSodium834 mg(36% RDA)Magnesium49 mg(12% RDA)Potassium452 mg(23% EMR)

Ingredients (makes 2 servings)

  • 2 turkey drumsticks (750 g/ 1.7 lb) - will yield about 50% meat
  • sea salt and pepper, to season
  • 1/2 stick softened unsalted butter (57 g/ 2 oz)
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard (15 ml)
  • 1/2 tsp dried rosemary
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp onion powder


  1. Preheat your oven to 180 °C/ 355 °F (fan assisted), or 200 °C/ 400 °F (conventional). Pat your drumsticks dry and season with salt and pepper on all sides. Two drumsticks will weigh about 750 g (1.7 lb) which will yield about 50% meat, enough for 2 generous servings. Herb & Mustard Crusted Turkey Legs
  2. Place the softened butter in a small bowl and all the seasonings, mixing well to combine.
    Herb & Mustard Crusted Turkey Legs
  3. Apply about half of the butter under the turkey skin by lifting it gently. Apply the remaining the butter in a layer on top of the drumsticks and over the sides as far as you can go.
  4. Place the drumsticks on a rack positioned over a baking tray to allow for airflow around the meat.
    Herb & Mustard Crusted Turkey Legs
  5. Cook for 20 minutes and then reduce the heat to 155 °C/ 310 °F (fan assisted), or 175 °C/ 350 °F (conventional). Roast for a further 45 minutes to an hour, depending on the size of your leg.
    Herb & Mustard Crusted Turkey Legs
  6. Remove from the oven and baste with the melted butter and juices at least two to three times during cooking to get a lovely crispy crust.
  7. The internal temperature should reach 75 °C/ 165 °F or the juices should run clear to know that the turkey is fully cooked. Turkey can be stored, covered, in the fridge for up to 5 days. Herb & Mustard Crusted Turkey Legs

Ingredient nutritional breakdown (per serving, about 140 g/ 5 oz cooked meat and skin)

Net carbsProteinFatCalories
Turkey, retail parts, drumstick, meat and skin, raw
0 g37.4 g12.8 g264 kcal
Salt, sea salt
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Pepper, black, spices
0.1 g0 g0 g1 kcal
Butter, unsalted, grass-fed
0 g0.2 g22.9 g203 kcal
Dijon mustard
0.1 g0.3 g0.3 g5 kcal
Rosemary, dried
0.1 g0 g0 g1 kcal
Thyme, dried
0.1 g0 g0 g1 kcal
Garlic powder, spices
0.5 g0.1 g0 g3 kcal
Paprika, smoked (spices)
0.1 g0.1 g0.1 g2 kcal
Onion powder, spices
0.8 g0.1 g0 g4 kcal
Total per serving, about 140 g/ 5 oz cooked meat and skin
1.8 g38.4 g36.2 g483 kcal

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An accomplished home cook who was diagnosed with an auto-immune disease eight years ago, Naomi started to explore the connection between healthy, whole food and her symptoms, and a new love was born.

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Comments (3)

Found some beautiful, organic (local!) turkey. I think this recipe will be great : )

This ended up being such a great recipe!!!

Thank you for the lovely feedback!