Instant Pot Turkey Breast Recipe

This Instant Pot Turkey Breast Recipe is ready in a fraction of the time and is ultra moist and tender!

WOW! This Instant Pot Turkey Breast Recipe is the perfect way to make a delicious turkey breast in a fraction of the time. PLUS it makes the most delicious gravy all in one pot!pinterestNot only can you whip up this ultra tender turkey breast in a fraction of the time, but it also makes the BEST gravy!

Instant Pot Turkey Breast Recipe:

  • Start by making sure your turkey breast is thawed.
  • I am using a boneless, skinless turkey breast, but you can also use a bone-in breast as long as it can fit nicely in your pressure cooker.
  • Pat your turkey breast dry with paper towels and then brush with olive oil.

Quickly make a turkey breast in your pressure cooker with this super simple recipe! Great for Thanksgiving!

The turkey breast was held together with kitchen twine, which I left on until I was ready to slice and serve.

I used a combination of seasonings then rubbed them all over the turkey breast. Once the turkey breast was seasoned I seared it on all sides using the SAUTÉ function of my pressure cooker.

Do I Need to Sear My Turkey Breast?

  • The reason we are searing the turkey breast before we cook it under pressure is so that it “locks in” the flavors and moistness of the turkey.
  • Is it a crucial step? In my opinion, yes, but it’s not going to ruin your turkey if you skip it.
  • Just make sure to DEGLAZE the bottom of your instant pot before bringing the pot to pressure. (scrape the browned bits off the bottom of the pot with a wooden spoon)

Season your turkey breast liberally with spices and then sear it in the pressure cooker to lock in the flavors!

It’s important to scrape the browned bits off the bottom for two reasons – it makes a delicious gravy, and it also helps the Instant Pot come to pressure.

Use the rack to keep your turkey breast out of the liquid underneath in the Instant Pot.

Use a rack to keep your turkey breast elevated in the instant pot, over the turkey drippings.

Can I Cook a Frozen Turkey Breast in the Instant Pot?

  • If you don’t have time to defrost your turkey breast, you CAN cook it from frozen.
  • Skip the searing of the turkey breast and rub as much of the seasoning on the turkey breast as possible.
  • Cook a frozen turkey breast for at least 12 minutes PER POUND of turkey breast, but check to make temperature is at least 165 degrees in the thickest part of the breast before slicing.
  • When cooking a defrosted turkey breast, you’ll want to cook for at least 6 to 7 minutes PER POUND of turkey breast.
  • Always allow the pot to release the pressure naturally for at least 10 minutes, to avoid all the juices escaping the turkey breast.

Cover the Instant Pot Turkey Breast with foil and let rest for at least 10 to 15 minutes before slicing.

When you cut into the turkey breast you’ll see how extremely tender it is! It practically wants to fall apart!

My whole family LOVED this ultra moist and tender turkey. But what really sent it over the top was the delicious gravy I whipped up using the drippings in the Instant Pot!

Quickly make a delicious Instant Pot Gravy using the turkey drippings. SO GOOD!

Once you remove the turkey breast from the pressure cooker, cover it with foil to let it rest for about 10 minutes before slicing. While it’s resting let’s make some gravy!

How to Make Instant Pot Turkey Gravy:

  • Pour the liquid from the bottom of the instant pot through a mesh strainer into a separate bowl and set aside.
  • Place the pressure cooker on SAUTÉ mode and add 2 tbsp of butter, let it melt.
  • Whisk in 2 tbsp of flour and cook until the flour is browned and no longer raw.
  • Gradually whisk in the strained turkey drippings until the gravy is smooth and thickened.

Get Thanksgiving dinner on the table in a hurry with this super quick Instant Pot Turkey Breast Recipe! Gravy recipe included!

You’re going to impress everyone with this super easy and mega-delicious Instant Pot Turkey Breast Recipe!

It’s the perfect recipe for a smaller holiday feast.

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WOW! This Instant Pot Turkey Breast Recipe is the perfect way to make a delicious turkey breast in a fraction of the time. PLUS it makes the most delicious gravy all in one pot!
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Instant Pot Turkey Breast Recipe

This super quick and easy Instant Pot Turkey Breast Recipe is moist and tender and comes with the BEST gravy!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time40 mins
Servings: 8
Calories: 338 kcal
Author: Shawn

Ingredients

  • 4 lb. thawed boneless, skinless turkey breast*
  • 2 tbsp olive oil, divided
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 cup chicken, or turkey broth

For the gravy:

  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 tbsp all purpose flour

Instructions

  • Pat the turkey breast dry with paper towels, then brush with 1 tbsp of olive oil. Combine the spices (paprika, Italian seasoning, thyme, salt, garlic powder and black pepper) and rub all over the turkey breast.
  • Heat the pressure cooker on SAUTÉ high function and add 1 tbsp olive oil and 2 tbsp unsalted butter. Once hot, sear the turkey breast on all sides, about 3 minutes per side.
  • Remove turkey breast from the pot and pour in the chicken (or turkey) broth, while the pot is still in the SAUTÉ function. Use a wooden spoon to scrape any browned bits off the bottom. Turn off the sauté function and place a trivet into the pressure cooker and place the turkey breast on top of the trivet.
  • Place the lid on the pressure cooker and seal the vent to the CLOSED position. Cook on MANUAL HIGH PRESSURE for 24 to 28 minutes, then let the pressure release naturally (NPR) for 10 minutes before releasing the rest of the pressure. Check internal temperature of the turkey breast at thickest portion for 165 degrees F. Remove turkey from pressure cooker and tent lightly with foil for 10 to 15 minutes before slicing.

To Make Gravy:

  • Pour the liquid from the bottom of the pressure cooker through a fine mesh strainer into a separate bowl and set aside.
  • Return the inner pot to the pressure cooker and set to SAUTÉ HIGH mode. Melt 2 tbsp of butter, then whisk in 2 tbsp of flour, until the flour is browned slightly and no longer raw (about 2 minutes).
  • Gradually whisk in the strained liquid, until the gravy is smooth and thickened. (makes about 2 cups of gravy)
Notes
*Cook THAWED turkey breast for 6 to 7 minutes PER POUND
**Cook FROZEN turkey breast for 12 to 14 minutes PER POUND
You can use a 6 or 8 quart pressure cooker for this recipe.

Nutrition

Calories: 338kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 51g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 143mg | Sodium: 765mg | Potassium: 594mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 662IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 2mg
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WOW! This Instant Pot Turkey Breast Recipe is the perfect way to make a delicious turkey breast in a fraction of the time. PLUS it makes the most delicious gravy all in one pot!

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Shawn is the Owner and Creator of I Wash You Dry. She loves to create and share simple, family-friendly recipes. Mom to 5 adorable children and dwells in the desert of Southern Utah.
41 Responses
  1. robyn

    5 stars
    I rate the recipe 5 stars because I’m sure it’s good, but I’m not sure if there was enough detail about how to set the IP for me to get this right as a newbie.

    How are you supposed to know if its internal temp is 165 if you are waiting for the IP to be safe to open? Doesn’t the turkey temperature start to decrease once the timer has finished?

    I’m very new to using the IP and when I press the “Manual” button, I didn’t know I was supposed to press the “Timer” button right away and set the time to 21 min (I had a 3lb boneless butterball cajun seasoned turkey breast roast — FuLLY Thawed). This would have been helpful to know!

    So when I pressed the “manual” button it displayed “30” then a few minutes later, it displayed “On”. I couldn’t use the “Adjust” button or the “Timer” button to adjust the time. I used my oven timer and set it to 21 min and at the end of 21 min, I wasn’t sure what to do since the IP still had 9 min to go.

    So I pressed the “Cancel/Keep Warm” button and the IP displayed “OFF”.

    I set the oven timer for another 10 min for the IP to cool down so I could open it. At that 10 min mark, I set the release handle to “Venting” and steam was released pretty quickly — it startled me a bit! So I waited another few minutes, then I opened the IP.

    I used my meat thermometer and it read “144.3”, so I wasn’t sure if this is because it had cooled off, and not because the turkey wasn’t fully cooked since approx. 20 mins had passed since I turned the IP off.

    So the internal temperature of the turkey breast was not “165”. This is so frustrating. I’m still in the midst of cooking this thing since I reset the IP to another 10 min on High using the Manual setting and Timer. Could anyone tell me how to get this right? I really appreciate the help.

    1. I agree it can be difficult to know the internal temperature of the meat while it’s still in the instant pot. What I can tell you though is that it will not drop 20 degrees between the time it’s done cooking and sitting in there under pressure until you release it. If it’s still not to 165 degrees, you’ll want to start it back up again for another 5 to 10 minutes and check it again. So many variables can come into play with pressure cooking like: how cold your meat was going in, how full your IP is, and even your altitude. That’s why it’s best to go with the internal temperature to know for sure. I hope that helps!

  2. peg nelson

    5 stars
    We had great results using the High Pressure 7-minutes-per-pound formula for a 3 pound frozen (but fully-thawed before cooking) turkey breast. The meat was so moist and the gravy was very flavorful. We will definitely make this again.

    1. You can definitely use those in here. If they aren’t super big in size, you could reduce the cook time. I’d probably start around 15 to 20 minutes with a 10 min natural release.

    1. Oh Jen, I’m so sorry! I’m guessing you had an issue with your seal and it not coming to full pressure? The best thing to do is to always use a meat thermometer and check the internal temp before cutting into. If it’s still not fully cooked, go ahead and place it back in the IP and cook an additional 5 to 10 minutes until it’s fully cooked.

  3. Ginny Yoder

    5 stars
    I usually don’t make comments on recipes, I just read the recipes and save them for later. They get put on the back burner and most times I never get around to making them.
    This one, however “spoke” to me. Now I have to speak!
    BOY HOWDY WAS THIS EVER GOOD!!!
    The turkey was so moist and delicious! Even my husband who doesn’t particularly care for turkey, raised his eyebrows in approval at the very first bite!
    The gravy also was off the chart dee-licious! Thank you so much for this recipe. I will be making this again and again!!!

    1. Hi Amber! You can definitely do both in the same pot as long as they both fit. I would increase the cook time to make sure you’re getting at least 6 to 7 minutes per pound for fresh turkey breasts.

  4. Michelle

    5 stars
    We made this last night and we are Instant Pot newbies! So simple and delicious! The meat was so tender we put down our knives because we could cut it with a fork. I used smoked paprika and poultry seasoning in place of the thyme because that’s what I had. The gravy!!!! So yummy! We are definitely making this again!

  5. Harry

    Used your recipe, in part. Mixed spices in a bowl, excluding thyme. Wife doesn’t like. Added 3 tablespoons olive oil to make a wet rub and brushed onto turkey skin. Next time, I’d apply it under skin too. Added 14 oz. chicken broth to pot followed by 1/2 onion, 1 celery stalk, 4 garlic cloves, sliced. Used 7# bone-in turkey breast placed on a trivet and cooked for 30 minutes followed by a release of pressure after 10 minutes. Delicious! 7# barely fit into 6 qt. pot.

      1. Sounds like there might be some user error or IP error here. If you’re cooking a turkey breast larger than what’s called for in the recipe, you’ll want to make sure you increase the cook time. Also, check the seal and valve on your IP to make sure you’re getting a good seal and your pot can come to pressure. It’s always best to use an instant read thermometer to check the internal temperature. If you’re still not getting the right temperature after cook time, place it back in the pot and cook it another 5 minutes and check again. Sorry you didn’t have great results the first time.

  6. Barb

    5 stars
    I have two Instant Pots and made 2 turkey breasts today. The 7 lb. one fit in the 8 qt. The 6 lb. one fit in the 6 qt. They turned out really good. Both of them had bones in. It turns out one also had part of the back, neck and tail. What a ripoff. The other one was smaller and had part of the back. I will only buy boneless from now on. I’m waiting until tomorrow to make the gravy. Thanks for the recipe.

    1. I purchased it at a local grocery store in Utah called Harmons. You can pick up boneless turkey breasts just about anywhere though! Most of them will be frozen, so you can either cook from frozen or let it thaw for a couple days in the fridge and go from there. 🙂

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Hi, I’m Shawn and I’m a busy mom of five; pretending to live on a budget. I love to cook, and explore new recipes, but they have to be quick and easy with as few dishes as possible.

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