Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Salt bird inside and out. Stuff if desired. Rub bird with soy sauce, then salad oil.
Place turkey breast side up, directly in roasting pan. No rack and no covering. Put turkey in oven.
Roast for 1 hour, basting twice in this hour.
Turn pan around. Pour 2 cups boiling water over bird. Reduce oven heat to 350 degrees F and roast for 45 minutes longer. Do not baste. When legs crack and move easily, turkey is done.
NOTE: For larger birds, merely extend 350 roasting time but test every 5-10 minutes for doneness. The tendency is to overcook bird as cooking time seems so short. 16 lb. = 2 hours, 19 lb. = 2 hours 15 minutes.