These baked Italian turkey steaks are a delicious and easy weeknight dinner option. Tender and moist these flavorful steaks are a simpler alternative to roast turkey. Served with your favorite sides dinner is ready in under 30 minutes!
Have you ever tried a turkey steak before? They are much faster to make than roasting a whole turkey, taste amazing, and are easy enough to make for dinner, even on busy weeknights.
Baked Italian turkey steaks are a great main dish to make for the holidays if you are cooking for a smaller crowd or just want to make a healthy turkey dinner during the week. Turkey steaks are a more affordable and lighter version of beef steaks and can be served in a similar way as chicken breasts or pork tenderloins. A good source of lean protein, they are a great switch up from making beef or chicken for dinner.
Turkey steaks. Pre-cut turkey breast steaks or if you can’t find them, use a sharp knife to slice whole turkey breasts into thick steaks.
Balsamic dressing. A flavorful, tangy, and bold dressing that makes these baked turkey steaks amazing.
Garlic salt. Adds a subtle garlic flavor while seasoning the turkey steaks.
Dried thyme. A nice herb used frequently in Italian recipes.
Butter. Helps keep the meat juicy while giving a nice buttery flavor.
How to make baked turkey steaks
If your turkey steaks are frozen, thaw them first. Leave them in the fridge overnight or just on the counter for a few hours. They should defrosted as fast as chicken breast.
This recipe if very easy and will require just few steps. Pour some balsamic dressing (or any other favorite Italian dressing) in to the bowl. Separate steaks and dip each on in to the dressing. Place steaks to the baking dish.
Sprinkle spices on top and cube the butter and lay on top of turkey steaks. Now, make sure that the oven is nice and hot and place the baking dish right in it to cook. Baked turkey steaks should take no longer that 20 minutes to cook to perfection.
Start checking the internal temperature at about 15 minutes into the baking. It should be at least at 165 degrees Fahrenheit. Do not overcook or turkey will become very dry and chewy.
What is a turkey steak
Turkey steaks are boneless turkey breasts cut into thick steaks. They resemble chicken breast fillets, and have a similar taste and texture, but are larger with less fat. These steaks are always boneless and thinner than a whole turkey breast, which makes them so they are much easier to cook, but still have amazing flavor.
One of the most common cooking methods is pan-frying, but you could also bake, air fry, or even BBQ them.
Another common preparation method is to cook them with a marinade or sauce. This cut of meat tends to be a little dry, so this is a great way to infuse even more flavor into the meat. In this Italian turkey steaks recipe, I used balsamic dressing to not only give flavor but to help keep these turkey steaks moist and juicy.
Where to buy
In the United States, turkey is most commonly available during the holidays – around October to December. So look for these pre-cut steaks around this time.
If it’s not the holidays, try looking for them in your local butcher shops, or high-quality online meat delivery services. These places usually have a wider selection of meats than your local grocery stores at similar prices.
If you can’t find pre-cut steaks, you can make your own! Use a sharp knife and carefully cut whole turkey breasts into thick steaks, then follow the recipe like usual!
Frequently asked questions
Turkey steaks are made of boneless turkey breasts. They taste amazing and are very flavorful. A highlight of them is that they are usually easier and faster to cook than a whole turkey breast.
Turkey breast steaks have a similar taste and texture to chicken breast fillets, but they taste like turkey! You can prepare them in some of the same ways as chicken breast, roast turkey, pork tenderloins, or beef steaks.
Cooking your turkey steaks in the oven with a sauce or marinade is a great way to infuse more flavor into the steaks while keeping them moist and juicy.
Also not overcooking the steaks will help too! Just bake the Italian turkey steaks until they have reached at least 165 degrees Fahrenheit, this will ensure that the meat is tender and moist.
You can cook turkey steaks from frozen but it is not recommended. The meat tends to be dry and lacks flavor. If you have frozen turkey steaks I highly recommend thawing them first either overnight in the fridge or in a bowl of cold water until they aren’t icy anymore. Cooking with thawed meat will give the best taste and texture.
If making this recipe on Holidays, use traditional sides like mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, Brussels sprouts or garlic roasted green beans. If just making this baked turkey steaks for dinner, cook some rice or roast seasonal vegetables.
Store leftovers in the fridge in the air tight container for up to 5 days. Reheat in the microwave, do not overcook while reheating or turkey will become dry.
More turkey recipes
- Instant pot turkey necks
- Instant pot turkey thighs
- Oven baked turkey gizzards
- Ninja Foodi turkey tenderloin
- Instant pot turkey wings
- Ninja Foodi frozen turkey breast
- Baked lemon pepper turkey tenderloin
- Air fryer turkey thighs
Hope you will like this baked turkey steaks recipe as much as we do. Try this dish during the Holiday season (Christmas, Thanksgiving…) or just for a weekday dinner. Rate the recipe if you made it and leave a comment below if you have any questions or suggestions.
- 5 turkey steaks
- 3 tablespoon balsamic dressing
- 1 teaspoon garlic salt
- 1 teaspoon thyme
- 1 Tablespoon butter
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Dip each turkey steak in balsamic. Than add turkey to the baking dish and sprinkle with spices. Add butter on top as well.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes. (internal temperature of fully cooked steaks is 165 degrees, do not overcook)
- Store leftovers in the fridge for up to 5 days. Reheat in the microwave.
- Cook turkey steaks until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Do not overcook!
Nutrition Information:Yield: 5 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 198Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 91mgSodium: 528mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 32g