Whole Turkey cooked from Frozen (NuWave Oven Recipe)

Here’s how to fully prepare a full frozen turkey in the NuWave Oven.


1 whole 11 pound fully frozen turkey.
4 cabbage leaves
1/2 onion
1 celery stalk
4 Tbs butter
1/4 cup canola oil


1) Unwrap the frozen turkey and place it on the 1″ rack, breast side up. Use the Extender Ring if you have one.  The innards will still be inside and the plastic/string leg ties may remain attached.
2) Cook on high power for 30 minutes.
3) Turn and cook on high power 30 more minutes. This should thaw the turkey enough for step 9 below.

Steps 4 – 8 may be performed while steps 1 – 3 are in process.
4) Chop onion and celery into large chunks.
5) Put 2 cabbage leaves under one another like a bowl.
6) Place onion chunks, celery chunks and 2 Tbs of butter chunks into the cabbage bowl.
7) Add salt, pepper and sage to the cabbage bowl, to taste.
8) Place 2 cabbage leaves on top of the cabbage bowl, so it is a ball shape.
9) Remove the turkey from the NuWave Oven and place it into a clean kitchen sink.
10) Remove any leg ties and innards. You may place them in the trash, unless you need them for another dish.
11) Wash the exterior of the turkey with some liquid hand soap and water. Then rinse the exterior, so there is no more soap.
12) Place the canola oil and 2 Tbs of butter in a microwave safe bowl and heat in a microwave until the butter is melted.
13) Rub the full exterior of the turkey with the entire canola oil and butter mixture.
14) Insert the cabbage ball into the open breast cavity of the turkey.
15) Place the turkey back on the NuWave Oven 1″ rack, breast side down. Use the Extender Ring if you have one. Cook for 1 hour on high power.
16) Turn the turkey, so it is breast side up. Pull the cabbage ball out and check the inner breast cavity, to ensure you removed all innards. Also check the rear for innards that need removing.  If you notice any innards now that you did not remove earlier, remove them now. Replace the cabbage ball in the breast cavity. Cook 1 hour on high power.  If you feel the top is being over cooked during this hour, you may place a layer of aluminum foil over the top of the turkey.
17) Turn the turkey, so it’s breast side down. Cook 30 minutes on high power.
18) Ensure internal temperature reached 180 degrees F with a meat thermometer.
19) Enjoy!

Note: A conventional oven cooking a thawed turkey takes 20 minutes per pound. Which is longer than it takes to cook a fully frozen turkey in the NuWave Oven.

Food safety guidelines mention, turkey meat should be removed from the bones within 2 hours after cooking your turkey.  Legs and wings can be kept whole.

The NuWave Oven can cook up to a 10 pound turkey without the Extender Ring, and I’ve even cooked an 11 pound frozen turkey without the Extender Ring.  But for a turkey over 10 pounds, it’s best to use the Extender Ring.  The maximum sized turkey the NuWave Oven was made to cook is 16 pounds.