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Instant Pot Quick and Easy Turkey Breast

Instant Pot Quick and Easy Turkey Breast is a pressure cooker recipe perfect for Thanksgiving, Christmas, holidays, or weeknight dinners. You can use bone-in or boneless turkey, fresh or frozen! Drizzle it in homemade gravy and serve the turkey leftovers as sandwiches the next day!

gravy drizzled over Instant Pot turkey breast

This post was originally published in 2018. It has since been updated.

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What Kind of Turkey Can You Use?

You can use boneless or bone-in and I find the cook time to be the same. I love to grab the breasts from Trader Joe’s I love the size and they are so easy to cook due to the shape.

ingredients for instant pot turkey breast

Can You Cook Frozen Turkey?

Yes. Frozen turkey breasts will need 50-60 minutes to cook on Manual > High-Pressure Cooking. Allow the steam to release naturally for 20-25 minutes.

raw, seasoned turkey breast

How to Cook Turkey Breast in the Instant Pot

  1. Rub down your turkey with olive oil and then season it.
  2. Add the turkey breast to the Instant Pot with onion, garlic, and chicken broth.
  3. Pressure cook.
raw turkey in instant pot with onion

Do You Have to Sear the Turkey First?

No, it is optional. If you prefer your turkey to have a deep brown exterior, then it is recommended.

Cook Times Based on Size

I typically use a 3 pound breast and 30 minutes pressure cooking + 15 minutes natural release of steam works well.

For an 8 pound breast, 45 minutes pressure cooking + 15 minutes natural release of steam.

You can estimate about 5-6 minutes per pound and always do a natural release of steam for meat in the Instant Pot.

How to Tell if Turkey Has Finished Cooking/How Long to Cook It

You will need to use a meat thermometer. Ensure the turkey reaches an internal temperature of at least 165 degrees. Test the thickest part of the breast. I often test multiple areas to be sure.

How to Make Gravy

This is my favorite part about using this pot. It makes the gravy process so much easier. Once you have removed the turkey, leave the turkey drippings and broth in the pot. Add in a tablespoon of butter and 2 tablespoons of flour. Whisk until thick.

cooked turkey breasts with gravy

Does the Instant Pot Produce Crispy Skin?

The results of my recipe testing say no. Even with searing the turkey breast, it did not make the skin crispy. Pressure cooking makes the turkey breast incredibly tender and juicy, but it doesn’t make it crispy.

If you want crispy skin place the turkey breast in the oven on broil or in the air fryer for a few minutes after pressure cooking. You don’t want it to cook too long because you will lose the juicy texture (if using the oven).

cooked turkey breasts with gravy

How to Carve a Turkey Breast

  1. Run your knife along the breast bone. Press the knife all of the way down.
  2. Use the knife to cut down the ribs. Cut the breast bone in havles.
  3. Pull and cut away meat as you need to.
  4. Slice the turkey into small pieces, skin side up. Slice against the grain of the meat to preserve the juicy texture.

Here are really good tips on how to slice an Instant Pot Turkey Breast.

raw turkey breast in packaging

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Pair your turkey with these side dishes!

cooked turkey breasts with gravy on a white serving plate with fall decor in the background

Instant Pot Quick and Easy Turkey Breast

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Natural Release of Steam: 15 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

Instant Pot Quick and Easy Turkey Breast is a pressure cooker recipe perfect for Thanksgiving, Christmas, holidays, or weeknight dinners. You can use bone-in or boneless turkey, fresh or frozen! Drizzle it in homemade gravy and serve the turkey leftovers as sandwiches the next day!

Ingredients

Turkey

  • Bone-in or boneless turkey breast, mine was 3 pounds
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon poultry seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon dried sage
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 medium onion or 3/4 of a large onion
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon Better Than Bouillon Chicken Flavor

Gravy

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 tablepoons flour

Instructions

  1. Remove the gravy packet from inside the turkey breast (if applicable).
  2. Apply the olive oil to the outside of the turkey breast.
  3. Season the turkey with the poultry seasoning, sage, thyme, salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Add the chicken broth, garlic, and Better Than Bouillon Chicken Flavor to the pot.
  5. Place the trivet inside the Instant Pot. This comes with the Instant Pot.
  6. Add the turkey and the onion to the pot. You can choose to slice up the onion or place it in whole. I chose whole.
  7. Seal the pot and cook on High > Manual Pressure Cooking for 30 minutes.
  8. When the pot indicates it has finished allow the steam to release naturally for 15 minutes. Ensure the turkey reaches an internal temperature of at least 165 degrees. Use a meat thermometer.
  9. Remove the turkey and allow it to rest at least 15 minutes prior to slicing.

Turkey Gravy

  1. Leave the turkey drippings and broth in the Instant Pot.
  2. Turn the Instant Pot on the saute function. Use the High option, if available with your model.
  3. Add the tablespoon of butter. When the butter has melted add the flour. Whisk until the gravy becomes thick. For thicker gravy add additional flour.

Notes

Frozen turkey breasts will need 50-60 minutes to cook on Manual > High-Pressure Cooking. Allow the steam to release naturally for 20-25 minutes.

How to Carve a Turkey Breast

  1. Run your knife along the breast bone. Press the knife all of the way down.
  2. Use the knife to cut down the ribs. Cut the breast bone in havles.
  3. Pull and cut away meat as you need to.
  4. Slice the turkey into small pieces, skin side up. Slice against the grain of the meat to preserve the juicy texture.


Nutrition Information
Yield 6
Amount Per Serving Calories 488Total Fat 20gCarbohydrates 4 netgProtein 45g
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Rhonda

Monday 25th of November 2019

This sounds so good and easy. My turkey breast is about 6 lbs. how long should I pressure cook it?