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Cook a Turkey in Your Instant Pot

Serves 8

Instant Pot Turkey Breast

Ingredients

Directions

1

Rub turkey with butter and season with herbes de provence or seasoning of choice.

2

Stuff breast with onion, garlic, and celery.

3

Place turkey in Instant Pot (breast side down)

4

Pour in chicken broth. Secure lid. Set timer on Manual (High) for 30 minutes.

5

Let pressure naturally release after cook time is over for ten minutes. Use a meat thermometer to make sure internal temp has reached 165 degrees. If it's not, secure lid and cook for a few more minutes.

6

Open Instant Pot and put turkey in the oven on broil for a few minutes to crisp up skin. This is optional but yummy.

7

Meanwhile, strain drippings, and place back into instant pot on Saute mode. Mix cornstarch and water and whisk the mixture into drippings. Stir until gravy starts to thicken. This could take a few minutes (Sometimes I'll close lid to let it heat up a little). Salt & pepper to taste.

8

Transfer turkey to plate and slice.

37 Comments

Cooking turkey over the holidays?🍗

Did you know that you can cook a delicious turkey breast with yummy gravy in your Instant Pot pressure cooker in under an hour?! 😮

I love how simple and easy it is to cook a turkey breast instead of a whole turkey. It’s perfect for a smaller Thanksgiving gathering, and is also a great way to enjoy a quick turkey dinner throughout the year. You’ll definitely be impressed by how tender and juicy the meat turns out from cooking in the Instant Pot!

The processes of cooking a turkey breast in the Instant Pot is very simple and straightforward! Simply season turkey as desired with poultry spices, stuff it with veggies and fresh herbs, and set timer. Take it out and make a quick gravy with the drippings.

Instant Pot Turkey Breast

Use your Instant Pot to cook a tender, juicy turkey breast and gravy in under an hour!

Ingredients

Directions

1

Rub turkey with butter and season with herbes de provence or seasoning of choice.

2

Stuff breast with onion, garlic, and celery.

3

Place turkey in Instant Pot (breast side down)

4

Pour in chicken broth. Secure lid. Set timer on Manual (High) for 30 minutes.

5

Let pressure naturally release after cook time is over for ten minutes. Use a meat thermometer to make sure internal temp has reached 165 degrees. If it's not, secure lid and cook for a few more minutes.

6

Open Instant Pot and put turkey in the oven on broil for a few minutes to crisp up skin. This is optional but yummy.

7

Meanwhile, strain drippings, and place back into instant pot on Saute mode. Mix cornstarch and water and whisk the mixture into drippings. Stir until gravy starts to thicken. This could take a few minutes (Sometimes I'll close lid to let it heat up a little). Salt & pepper to taste.

8

Transfer turkey to plate and slice.

Additional Notes

Recipe adapted from MamasEarthWorld.com 

Note: These directions are for a bone-in 6 pound turkey that I thawed for a couple days in the fridge and cooked in my 6 quart Instant Pot. You can cook it frozen I’ve read. If so, cook time should double to 60 minutes, and always use a thermometer to make sure internal temperature has reached at least 165 degrees. It’s easy to close lid and cook longer if needed.

For folks that own a larger 8 quart Instant pot, you’ll be able to cook an even larger breast, or really a tiny full turkey!

What an easy and delicious way to whip up turkey and gravy!

My family loves a good turkey spread dinner and this is a great option to make it. I love how the meat isn’t dried out at all! The gravy turns out delicious also. YUM!



Written by Lina for Hip2Save. Lina is a proud mom of 2 kids who loves photography, all holidays, cooking, thrift store makeovers, bargain shopping, and DIY makeovers. Her goal is to create a beautiful life and stylish home on a dime! To see all of Lina’s DIY/Crafts created just for Hip2Save, click here.

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Comments 37

  1. AOhio

    Ok, this is just another reason why I want/need an Instant Pot

    • Raynaldo Gonzalez

      Yes, i bought a 10 qt. Love it now being single man it’s easy.

  2. Kamaya

    Thanks for this post. I actually have a turkey breast in the freezer,just didn’t know how I wanted to go about cooking it.

    • Lina D

      You’re welcome!

  3. ds

    Wow!!!!! I had no idea it could do that!

    • Lina D

      Yes and we enjoyed it!

  4. Julie

    Anyone have a comparison to how this tastes compared to roasting in an oven for several hours?

    • Mel R.

      I cooked a turkey breast a few wks ago and got mixed reviews from the family. Can’t put my finger on what was missing.. maybe more of a poached taste than oven roasted. It was super easy though, since I didn’t have to heat my oven up. I might try it again, but brine the breast overnight first…. see if that helps the flavor. And brown the breast before cooking. But for turkey day, I’m gonna stick to doing it in the oven.

      • Lina D

        Great. Thanks for sharing 👍🏻

    • Crystalsnow

      Whenever I cook chicken in mine, I broil it in the oven for a bit. That’s probably the way to go with this too. Butter or drizzle the top with oil and then broil it to crisp up the skin so it looks like it was oven-made. May take a few more min , but def worth it.

    • Lina D

      Well you can season it however you normally do. I thought it was more tender then oven. I would for sure brown it afterwards. You can even brown it before in the Pot, however I skipped that part. Hope that helps 👍🏻

  5. lzj

    turkey breasts turn out really well cooked in a crock pot as well. meat is very moist and tender.

    • Lina D

      Yes I’ve done that before also! Very yummy as well 👍🏻

  6. Chris

    Can you put stuffing inside safely?

    • Mel R.

      It’s not recommended to cook stuffing inside a turkey.

  7. Aally

    more reasons to get myself an instant pot. Who knew a turkey in 30 mins?

    • sarah

      A turkey breast…

      Not a turkey.

  8. Nina

    Oven roasted is oven roasted. Like another poster said, I’m sure this turns out more poached tasting in an instant pot, which I wouldn’t like but I think a turkey breast cubed and made into a curry or stew would prob be better..but everyone has their own taste. 🙂

  9. boynole

    Looks like I need to ask Santa for a Instant Pot! I am always looking for new ways to make good and quick meals.

  10. 50ShadesofLipstick

    You have to Sauté it on High before cooking it in the IP…otherwise obviously it’ll taste like you just boiled it. Then broil in the oven for a few min, to get the skin crispy right before serving. I do this technique with a whole chicken all the time in my IP and it’s always a huge hit at dinner parties!

    • hellfire gainz

      How long on saute?

      • 50ShadesofLipstick

        As long as it takes to brown the outside of the meat. Usually about 5 or so min

  11. Amy Starkweather

    We often cook an extra breast if we are having more guests than usual for Thanksgiving, just in case. Sounds like a perfect way to do this! I have a 6 qt “off brand” pressure cooker and I’ve used it so much my non stick inner pot is really beginning to wear out. I want to replace it with a pressure cooker with a stainless pot and thinking about upgrading to an 8 qt. I rarely see great deals on the larger ones though. Any advice on larger pressure cookers or any brands besides instant pot that have a stainless pot?

    • Adri Gouldsmith

      Next one I plan to get will be the Ninja that is both an Air Fryer and Instapot. Should have sales on it soon.

  12. Julia

    Love my instant pot- makes the best chicken wings!!

    • Kremena

      Mmm… would you share your recipe?

  13. Ehonda

    I cook turkey breast like this a lot. Super juicy and tender every time.

    • Lina D

      Thanks for sharing! 👍🏻

  14. Missy

    When it says manual (high), what pressure is that? I have the power cooker and it goes up to 80, but not sure if that is what I need to set it on for Turkey breast.

  15. Kelly

    I️ have a 9 lb turkey breast and a 8 qt instant pot. Any idea how long I️ should cook and when I️ should release after cooking?

  16. Rhonda

    That’s a great idea!

  17. Sharee

    Tried this IP turkey recipe today and the Turkey was great. Very easy and fast. Everyone loved it. I did brine it for 24 hours first.

  18. Jo

    What is the max in pounds of turkey breast that will fit in an 8 quart IP?

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      I don’t have one, but read online you can cook a small 10-11 pound bird.

  19. Jenny W

    A neighbor and I were just talking yesterday about this!! Thanks!

  20. Adri Gouldsmith

    I am so glad you explained the sizes of both the Instapot you have and the turkey breast. I bought two little ones. A 5 1/2 and a 6 pound one . I know I have to cook them one at a time, but they both should work with my 6qt Instapot . I like knowing I can brown them off too! Thank you

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      oh sure! Enjoy!

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