Turkey Gizzard Recipe & Ideas

Many people think that the Keto diet is expensive. But, actually, the Keto diet really doesn‘t have to be costly.

There are many cuts of meat that are both cheap and delicious. One example is turkey gizzards. They are very cheap, and when prepared properly can be extremely tender and full of flavor.


Turkey Gizzards Are Tender And Tasty

If you like meat that melts in your mouth and has a deep, rich flavor, you owe it to yourself to try this turkey gizzard recipe. Many people are surprised by just how good they can be. Not all recipes for turkey gizzards are as easy as this one – so, if you’re looking for a quick and easy way to cook up some turkey gizzards, look no further!

Keep in mind that this dish takes a few hours to prepare properly, but the results are definitely worth the wait. And don’t forget to use your favorite seasonings to give it an extra boost of flavor.

Why You Should Try This Recipe

My turkey gizzard recipe is very easy and hasslefree. You simply need to put the gizzards in an aluminum tray, cover them, and cook them in the oven for a few hours.

The result will impress you the turkey gizzards will be extremely tender and delicious (especially if you follow my turkey gizzards recipe). You can later fry them (and even use pork rinds) to make this dish even better.

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The Best Way To Cook Turkey Gizzards

Many people wonder what is the best way to cook turkey gizzards. Some prefer to boil turkey gizzards, while others fry them (in most cases – after cooking them first, otherwise they are not chewable). I personally like quick and easy recipes, so I “invented” my own method to cook turkey gizzards.

In my opinion- the best way of cooking turkey gizzards – is using the oven. You won’t find many turkey gizzard recipes utilizing this method, but I think it is the best way to cook turkey gizzards. Here is why:

  • The oven cooks the gizzards evenly.
  • You don’t have to worry about them sticking to the pan and burning. Preparing turkey gizzards in the oven is much easier.
  • They come out super tender this way
  • It is a set it and forget it method. The biggest advantage of this turkey gizzards recipe.
Turkey Gizzards
Tender turkey gizzard. Easy recipe.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 2 people
Calories: 120kcal
Cost: $5
  • 2 pounds turkey gizzards
  • Rinse the gizzards in cold water.
  • Place the turkey gizzards in an aluminum tray and add 2.5 cups of water. Then, add salt, black pepper, garlic powder, and cumin to taste.
  • Cover the tray well with aluminum foil. Make it as tight as you can.
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  • Cook in the oven for 3.5 hours at 350 degrees Fahrenheit (180C). Done!
  • Optional: Fry the gizzards on a hot pan with butter for a few minutes.
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Have you tried it?

Comment below and let me know what you think of this recipe.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword gizzards, organ meat, turkey


Calories: 120kcal

So, What Are Turkey Gizzards?

Turkey gizzards are the edible, muscular stomach of turkey birds. They are often used in culinary dishes, as they are a flavorful and nutritious addition to many recipes. Turkey gizzards can be cooked in a variety of ways, such as baking, frying and stewing.

The gizzard is a muscular, thick-walled stomach found in many different types of birds. It is responsible for grinding up food, much like the human stomach. The gizzard of a turkey is a delicacy in many cultures and is often used to make traditional dishes, such as gizzard stew, gizzard soup, and gizzard gravy.

Turkey gizzards are a good source of protein, vitamins, and minerals. They are also low in calories and fat.

How To Clean Turkey Gizzards?

Some people thoroughly rinse their gizzards, while others soak them in salt water. Personally, I just rinse mine off really well and that’s it. Of course, I also make sure they smell good before cooking them.

Turkey Gizzards Or Chicken Gizzards?

This recipe will work just as well with chicken gizzards; however, in my opinion, chicken gizzards are not as tasty. Turkey gizzards have a better taste and texture, and they cost pretty much the sameextremely cheap.

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It‘s easy to tell the difference between chicken and turkey gizzards. Turkey gizzards are bigger and darker than chicken gizzards. You can always mix the two if you want to since the cooking times are the same, it doesn‘t matter.

Where Can I Buy Turkey Gizzards?

In most countries, turkey, and chicken gizzards are very popular and easy to be found at butcher shops and supermarkets. You will rarely find them frozen, and they are usually sold fresh. Make sure their texture is firm, and they should have a slight sheen to them. This is the best way to tell if they are fresh.

Using Spices

For this recipe, I am mentioning my favorite spices to use. Feel free to modify it and use your favorite spices instead. But remember – spices contain carbs. A sprinkle of your favorite spices is fine, but using half the bottle is not. Many people on the keto diet use lots of spices without taking into consideration the carbs they contain. It can add up.

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I always prefer to use seasonings without preservatives. But the best thing to do is to prepare your own spices for maximum flavor. Spices can really make the keto diet more interesting and flavorful. Just use them in moderation and pay attention to the carbs they contain.

Here are some ideas for seasonings that go well with turkey gizzard cooking: salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, sage, thyme, and rosemary.

Can You Fry Turkey Gizzards?

Turkey gizzards can be fried, but they are often boiled or pressure-cooked first to tenderize them. If you don’t precook the gizzards, they will be tough. Very tough. 

So what I recommend is first preparing the gizzards following my recipe, and then frying them in hot oil for a minute or two. This will crisp up the outside and give you that nice fried texture. Fried turkey gizzards are delicious! You can find simple fried turkey gizzard recipes on KetoAndEat.

It’s very important to fry them in high-quality oil. Avoid vegetable oils at all costs. I prefer to use butter or beef tallow. The latter has a higher smoke point and is ideal for frying.

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There are a few reasons to avoid consuming linoleic acid (which is found in abundance in vegetable oils) . First, linoleic acid is a pro-inflammatory omega-6 fatty acid. This means that it can promote inflammation in the body, which can lead to a variety of health problems.

Additionally, linoleic acid is found in processed and refined foods, which are typically high in calories and low in nutrients. Finally, consuming too much linoleic acid can lead to an imbalance in the ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids in the body, which can further contribute to inflammation.

It’s very easy to prepare beef tallow – all you need to do is render it from beef fat. This process takes about an hour. It can be a bit messy, so you can buy ready-to-use beef tallow from the store.

Once you have your beef tallow, heat it in a pan over medium heat. When it’s hot, add the gizzards and fry for a minute or two. Serve hot with your favorite dipping sauce (make sure the sauce is suitable for keto).

Sous Vide Turkey Gizzards

It’s also possible to cook turkey gizzards sous vide. It takes a little longer, but the end result is worth it. Is the taste better than turkey gizzards prepared in the oven? I don’t think so. But, you can try this method at home and see if you notice a difference.

Some people are “addicted” to sous vide cooking. They just can’t get enough of it. I think the sous vide cooking method is great, but I don’t see the point in spending a lot of money on a fancy machine when you can cook your food just as well in the oven.

Using a Pressure Cooker

When possible, I always cook meats in the oven. However, if you are short on time, it is possible to use a pressure cooker instead. Using it, the gizzards can be prepared within 1-1.5 hours.

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I personally don’t use a pressure cooker at all – I always prepare my food ahead of time, so I am never in a hurry to prepare food and eat. However, many people who prepare lots of food, recommend the Ninja pressure cooker. Using it, they save a lot of time.

Turkey gizzards instant pot recipes are easy to follow, so check them out… they might be perfect for you.


100 grams (3.5 ounces) of turkey gizzards contain 25 grams of protein, 4.5 grams of fat, and zero carbohydrates. They also contain Vitamin C (6.5 milligrams), Vitamin B12, and many other vitamins and minerals. They are a rich source of selenium and zinc.

While it is perfectly fine to eat gizzards on the Keto diet (all meats are good), it’s important to remember that this food is low in fat and very high in protein. This means that you shouldn’t base your diet on it. Once or twice a week is fine, but if eaten every day, you may consume too little fat overall.

A great idea you can use is frying the turkey gizzards (after preparing them in the oven) in butter. It will make them even tastier and bump up the protein: fat ratio nicely.

Now that you know how to cook turkey gizzards – it’s time to start cooking! I hope you liked my turkey gizzard recipe. Please comment below and tell me what you think.

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