Turkey Tail – Forget the Rest, the Tail Is the Best!

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We introduced this recipe four years ago. Who knew it would be our iconic cornerstone in Polynesian recipes? We sure didn’t. But month after month Adobo Turkey Tails breaks records. Yes, its got a lot of fat, but that gives it that special crunchy flavor. Enjoy (in moderation, of course!)


More recipes!

We know you’ll love this, but if you’re looking for a different approach, try this Crisp and Tender Baked Turkey Tail recipe.

Want to learn how to cook an island style ‘smoked’ turkey? Check out this blog.



Adobo Turkey Tails

from The Perfect Turkey

3 lbs turkey tails
½ cup reduced sodium soy sauce
1 cup water
½ cup rice wine vinegar
2 bay leaves
3 cloves of garlic chopped
½ teaspoon black pepper

Place tails in a single layer in the bottom of a large pot. Add all ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium low and cover. Cook for 45-60 minutes (depending on size) turning the tails once.

If making ahead of time, refrigerate the tails in the cooking sauce. The fat will rise and can be removed before finishing the dish.  Dry the tails with a paper towel and grill or broil the tails until browned and crisp. In the meantime reduce the cooking liquid to about one cup to create adobo sauce.

Serve the tails with the sauce and white rice.


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Author Bio


My name is Nina Jones.  I have lived all across the west coast and traveled even farther, but never dreamed that I would end up in Hawaii.  I am the simplest form of a foodie.  I may not be a highly trained chef, but I know whats good.

I am most particularly interested in ethnic foods, and Oahu is especially divergent in it’s offerings.  What a dream come true!


7 Responses to “Turkey Tail – Forget the Rest, the Tail Is the Best!”

  1. Tristan Pol says:

    Thanks for sharing this recipe.
    Our supplier of poultry products also offers turkey tails and chicken tails, so I will try this recipe for sure. Do you think I can replace the turkey tails with chicken tails, as I do have a 10kg box of them?

    • Nina Jones says:

      Well, this is not something I even knew was available, but I can’t imagine there would be any problems, just make sure that you shorten the cooking time as they will cook much faster. Also, I suggest that you spread them out a little so they don’t end up boiling in the juices too much (crispy is always better then mushy as far as I’m concerned.) Thank you for writing. I am going to have to come to the UK to try chicken tails, obviously!

      • Tristan Pol says:

        Our supplier mainly serves Asian and African markets, so they have a wide variety of products which are uncommon on our local market. They also sell smoked turkey tails, and all such products seem rather cheap. (E.g. 0,59/kg for chicken tails.)
        I’m from the Netherlands by the way, not the United Kingdom.

  2. Bill Pieper says:

    I Honolulu, frozen turkey tails are on sale this week for $1.29/lb.

  3. thomas gupton says:

    i want some turkey taails shipped to nc. what stores incontinental us sells and ships to nc

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