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Overhead view of three cooked turkey legs garnished with sage.

Sous Vide Turkey Legs

Sous Vide Turkey Legs are slow cooked until tender and fall-off-the-bone delicious! They make the perfect addition to your Thanksgiving menu!
Course Dinner
Cuisine American, Thanksgiving
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 day 11 minutes
Cooling time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 day 46 minutes
Servings 3 servings
Calories 550kcal


  • 2-3 pounds turkey legs
  • 2 tablespoons duck fat
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 tablespoons fresh sage several sprigs
  • 2 garlic cloves smashed
  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil for searing


  • Heat a sous vide water bath to 148F degrees.
  • Rub the turkey legs with the salt and pepper.
  • Heat a skillet over medium high heat and add 1 tablespoon of cooking oil.
  • Add the turkey legs and brown on both sides.
  • Remove and let cool.
  • Add the turkey legs with the remaining ingredients (except the cooking oil) to a vacuum sealable bag (or zip lock freezer bag if using the water displacement method) and seal.
  • Place in the water bath and cook for 24 hours.
  • Remove and place in an ice bath for 10 minutes.
  • Heat a skillet over medium high heat and add 1 tablespoon of cooking oil.
  • Remove the turkey legs from the bag, reserving the cooking liquid.
  • Brown the turkey legs again on each side (about 2 minutes) to crisp the skin.
  • Simmer the cooking liquid over medium high heat for 2-3 minutes. To thicken, slowly whisk in a cornstarch slurry (1 tablespoon of water mixed with 1 tablespoon of cornstarch).
  • Serve the turkey legs drizzled with the reserved bag sauce and more fresh sage.


  1. Removing air from the sealable bag is essential for food safety. This will keep bacteria out of the bag, which is especially important when cooking for long periods of time.
  2. As the turkey legs cook for 24 hours in the water bath, you’ll want to check on the water level as some evaporation may occur. If it does, just top up the bath with more water.
  3. Check on the turkey legs to make sure the bag doesn’t start floating in the water bath. If the bag floats, just open it, let the excess air out and reseal it
  4. You can also use a sous vide sinker weight or a heavy towel to keep the bag from floating. 
  5. When browning the turkey legs at the end, make sure you only do so for about 2 minutes per side. Any longer and the skin could burn and the legs may start to dry out.
  6. The turkey skin may still be rubbery even after browning. If you prefer, you can just remove the skin and skip the second browning.
  7. If you don't have any duck fat, you can use butter or bacon fat instead.


Serving: 1leg | Calories: 550kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 49g | Fat: 35g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g | Monounsaturated Fat: 15g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 187mg | Sodium: 2512mg | Potassium: 719mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 10IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 76mg | Iron: 5mg