Thawing in the refrigerator is the recommended way to defrost a frozen turkey. For it to work, however, you’ll need plenty of time: 24 hours of defrosting time for every 4 to 5 pounds of bird. A large turkey, say, 15 to 20 pounds, will need to spend 4 to 5 days in the refrigerator.
Which means you’ll have to plan ahead. If you can manage that, you’ll be golden. (And your turkey will be golden-brown and delicious.)
Here’s how to do it: