How to cook Turkey Tail

by MoNika Howard
(Memphis, TN, USA)

My husband brought home packages of turkey tails. Now I'm a southern girl and will cook just about anything (as long as I've heard about it). I have never heard of turkey tail being separated from the actual turkey itself and sold. How do you cook it and what are some suggested sides?

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Nov 27, 2014
where to buy in Dallas area
by: Anonymous

You can also find them at Krogers. If they are not out, look in the freezer section. They do not generally keep them out with the thawed meat. I have purchased them in Dallas (mockingbird and 75) as well as in Carrollton/Dallas area on Frankford and Midway (purchased yesterday to cook today). YUM!!!

Sep 06, 2014
Lee lee
by: Anonymous

If you live in north Texas go to fiesta grocery store they carry a variety of different cuts of meat from wild game to regular meats also seafood!! Hope it helps

Feb 10, 2014
Slow cooker turkey tails are delicious
by: Condo Cook

I love these turkey tails... they are absolutly yummy.

Since they had lots of fat and water in them
I seasoned the turkey tails with salt, pepper, liquid smoke, and a dash of hot sauce. The broiled them until they were crispy turning once. Then I put them into the slow cooker on low til they fall
apart. How long? At least 2 hrs til tender. You can add a layer of hot sauce goodness to the mix. Enjoy!

Nov 24, 2013
Roasted Tails
by: Anonymous

Sprinkle tails with favorite poultry seasoning. Roast for 1 hour at 350F on screen -- tails will release a lot of fat. Serve with seasoned wild rice mixture and asparagus.

Mar 25, 2013
Smoked Turkey Tails
by: Anonymous

I like Somked Turkey Tails. Because it's the last part that went over the fence!
Other then that. They are great cooked with Collar Greens in a Pressure Cooker.

Jan 13, 2013
Turkey tail is so good
by: Anonymous

I cook greens and green beans with them, cook about an hour with onions and seasonings of choice, put enough water to cover the tails while boiling, then add greens, r green beans..sooooo delicious...enjoy

Nov 17, 2012
turkey tails where are you?
by: Tolie

Does anyone know where I can find turkey tails in Texas? I'm from the west coast, and so far I have not been able to find them in the markets that I frequent. As some have already said, turkey tails are good just eaten alone (smoked are the best for this) or in beans and greens. Anything that you would normally season with pork meat, you can substitute and use the turkey tails. They are good boiled or baked. I generally buy the smoked turkey tails to cook with, but regular turkey tails are good after salting them down for about 5 days (drain off the water each day).

Oct 12, 2012
Roasted Turkey Tail
by: Anonymous

Just about my favorite part of the bird!

I rinse them off, dry, put on baking pan. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and olive oil. Roast at 350 for about an hour.

Talk about crispy ski and tender meat. You can save the pan dripping and make gravy--to use or to save for Thanksgiving.

Aug 09, 2012
wonderful turkey tails recipe
by: Jay Didit

I love them a lot. All I do is boil them with seasoning salt, black pepper, a little crush red peppers, and onions for about an hour and forty five minutes. Best to me with some good buttered rice.

Jun 09, 2012
baked turkey tail
by: linda

Baked turkey tails has been my favorite meat. If cooked the right way, they are so tender and tasty. I cook them this way:

Cut turkey tails in half and lay them in a foiled baking pan. In a bowl, mix brown sugar, (or white sugar), oyster sauce, regular soy sauce and pepper. Pour them on the turkey tails and marinate for 30 minutes. Bake them at 350 degrees for an hour and half. Turn them over half way. Once tender, increase the temperature to 400 degrees for a few more minutes until each side turns brown. They have a percentage of water in them so oil and water will accumulate in the pan. Just Remove them from the oil. Enjoy!

Nov 17, 2011
Smoked Turkey Tails

We bought 5 pounds of fresh turkey tails and are curious how to smoke them. Do you brine them and smoke in a water smoker?

Sep 08, 2011
cant do everything with turkey tails!
by: Anonymous

I absolutely really really like these things! Turkey tails have become one of my favorite seasoning meats or just to eat alone. I also like them in red beans and rice and gumbo! Delish! I like my turkey tails real tender so I put them in the pressure cooker after I season with garlic cloves, little salt, pepper and chicken bouillion cube. I cook for about 40 minutes on medium high heat with 1/4 pot or little more water. I also like turkey tails with my greens. But I wouldn't want to gourmet these things in no way, that would take away the flavor of them. These are not meant to be gourmet in my opinion but to each it's reminds me of people who like to dress a hotdog up like a hamburger to eat! Tomatoes, lettuce and pickles on a hotdog?! No way! But again, to each it's own

Sep 02, 2011
Greens and smoked turkey tails
by: Anonymous

The only way for me to make greens is with smoked turkey tails...

Boil pot of water with chopped onions and garlic salt (or season of choice). Clean tails and place in pot, boil for an hour or so, then add clean and chopped greens of choice.

Cook for another hour. Enjoy!

Jul 22, 2011
Marinate it
by: Anonymous

Start by making deep cuts into the thickest part of the tail (on either side of the tip). Next boil, then simmer the tails in a pot of salted water until the tails are tender. Drain and cool. Marinate overnight in your favorite sauce or dressing (italian, char siu, teriyaki, etc.) then grill or bake to reheat.

Jul 18, 2011
by: Anonymous

Sassy which Kroger did you find Turkey Tails. When I come home(Memphis) I try to buy several packages to take back with me as we can not purchase them. I usually find them at Schnucks or Easy Way. They also are good in cooking fresh and dried beans.

Mar 09, 2011
Why i love cooking with turkey tails
by: Anonymous

I use Turkey tails in my greens. I love the flavor. Turkey tails are more tasty than pork meat and they are better for you, even with the fat. During the holidays the stories run out of turkey tails very fast.

Feb 01, 2011
Turkey Tails my favorite of the bird too!
by: vivid

Kroger sells turkey tails..just bought some TONIGHT 2.41 lbs for $3.61. I was thinking of cooking them as an ingredient for a homemade soup. But I liked the baked recipe better than mine.

Dec 03, 2010
Turkey Tails

I am a southern lady, i love turkey tails. I bake them. When I cook collard greens I use the smoke turkey tails for my seasoning.

Nov 25, 2010
Turkey Sashimi
by: Anonymous

Dip tails in boiling water for 5-6 seconds and immediately transfer to ice water bath. Separate meat from tail bone. Thin slice Julianne style and transfer to soy sauce laced with ginger, minced garlic, a splash of rice vinegar, and toasted sesame.

Nov 18, 2010
turkey tail for sale
by: TTB

They have turkey tails at my local store called Lowes. They have them on sale .98 cents a lbs. I never even knew how to cook this type of meat.

Nov 11, 2010
Where to buy turkey tails??
by: Patty B.

I just called one butcher shop and 2 meat rooms and cannot get turkey tails....could you tell me where you found them....thanks....

Jan 01, 2010
Roasted Turkey Tails
by: Texcangal

You know I found a package of turkey tails - what we used to call the "pope's nose" back home. It was always my favorite part of the turkey so I picked it up.

Simply I seasoned them with salt, pepper, poultry seasoning and a little thyme and roasted them on a rack in the oven at 350 for about an hour.

They turned out golden brown and crispy and tasted like they were attached to the whole bird.

Oct 31, 2009
Turkey Tails and Shells
by: Anonymous


Turkey tails
Chopped collard greens

Bake turkey tails with onion. Season to taste. Add macaroni shells. When macaroni is almost done, add chopped collard greens or any other greens. Add hot water as needed. Bake at 350 degrees in covered roaster pan or pan covered with foil until done.

Aug 24, 2009
Turkey Tail Stir Fry
by: Anonymous

Turkey Tail Stir-Fry


4-5 turkey tails
2 medium sized carrots, thinly sliced
2-3 stalks of celery, cut into 1/4 inch slices
3/4 c. of sliced mushrooms (button or abalone)
3/4 cup of thinly sliced wood ears
1 tablespoon of finely minced garlic
1 tablespoon of finely minced ginger
1 onion, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon of finely minced parsley
2 tablespoons of oyster sauce
1 tablespoon of tapioca or corn starch
1-1/2 cups of broth
salt and pepper to taste
sugar to taste
3 tablespoons of cooking oil
sesame seed oil

Cooking procedure:

Simmer the turkey tails for about an hour. Drain and cool. Cut the meat into 1/2 inch slices. Place on an oven rack about an inch apart and season with salt and paper. Place a container underneath to catch the fat. Grill in the oven until well-browned. If necessary, turn over to brown the other side.

While the turkey tails brown, prepare the stir fry.

Heat the cooking oil in a wok. Saute the garlic and ginger until fragrant. Add the sliced onion, carrot, celery and mushrooms. Stir fry for a few minutes. Season with salt, pepper and a little sugar. Disperse the starch in the broth. Stir in the oyster sauce and about half a teaspoon of sesame seed oil.

Drain the turkey tail slices on several layers of absorbent kitchen paper. Add to the cooked vegetables. Toss a few times. Serve at once.

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