Instant Pot Turkey Breast

This perfectly seasoned Turkey Breast cooked in an Instant Pot is juicy, tender, and absolutely scrumptious. It comes with a rich and tasty gravy made in the same pot using the turkey drippings. Yum!

Instant Pot Turkey Breast

Instant Pot Turkey Breast Recipe

Thanksgiving is not complete without a turkey dish at the center of your holiday table. So, the mad dash of getting one prepared and cooked right before the celebration can get a bit stressful.

Since I am no kitchen expert, the pressure to get perfectly cooked turkey on the table can get a tad overwhelming! So since I am all about making life easier, I turned to my trusted ‘ol kitchen friend- my Instant Pot! Truly, it just makes the holiday meal preparation less stressful and a lot more fun!

Quick and Easy Thanksgiving Turkey

Talking about being thankful on Thanksgiving, this recipe has saved me so much time and effort! And it definitely does not disappoint. Not only did we enjoy gorgeously moist turkey breast smothered in a rich gravy sauce, but I was also able to make it in a fraction of the time it usually takes to cook it in an oven.

This recipe is perfectly sized for an intimate family celebration. You may not be getting the whole turkey with stuffing that tradition dictates. But with the oven being available, you can make other delicious baked goodies or desserts. Plus, you can whip up a few amazing dishes with those extra hours you just freed up!

Thanksgiving Turkey Breast

Why this Recipe Works

  • Less time in the kitchen, more time with your family and friends!
  • Both the turkey and gravy are made in one pot, so clean-up is easier.
  • Mouthwatering dish made fuss-free with less time.

Ingredients Needed

For the Turkey:

  • 6-7 pound turkey breast thawed
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1  teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons pepper
  • 2 teaspoons sage (ground or rubbed)
  • 1 cup chicken broth

For the Gravy:

  • 2 Tablespoons salted butter
  • 2 Tablespoons flour
  • 1 Tablespoon cream

For Garnishing (optional)

  • Cranberries
  • Rosemary sprigs

Kitchen Tools and Equipment Needed:

  • Small mixing bowl
  • Instant pot
  • Trivet
  • Tin foil
  • Whisk

How to Make Instant Pot Turkey Breast

  1. Make the turkey seasoning by mixing the salt, pepper, sage, and garlic powder in a small bowl. Set aside. 
  2. Rub the turkey breast all over with olive oil.  Then rub the seasoning mix all over the turkey breast.  
  3. Pour the chicken broth into the instant pot and place the trivet.
  4. Then, place the seasoned turkey breast onto the trivet, skin side up.
  5. Set the instant pot to cook for 40 minutes on high power.  Then allow the pressure to release naturally.
  6. Remove the turkey from the pot and cover with tin foil until ready to serve.  

Make the Gravy

  1. Turn on the saute function of the instant pot.  Add butter to the liquid in the instant pot. Stir until melted. 
  2. Gradually add flour while whisking constantly.  Cook for 3-5 minutes. 
  3. Stir in the cream then turn off the heat. Whisk occasionally, until desired thickness.
  4. Pour the gravy over the turkey once sliced or in a gravy boat.

Expert Tips when Making Instant Pot Turkey Breast

  • Make sure to check if the turkey breast fits into your Instant pot before anything else.
  • If you would like the turkey skin to brown more and be crispy, turn the oven on low broil.  Place the turkey on a baking sheet and broil until the skin is crispy and golden.  Watch constantly as it can change very quickly.
  • Before using the turkey drippings to make your gravy, you may want to first use a small strainer to skim out any fat that is in your broth from the turkey cooking.
  • If lumps formed after adding the cream to the gravy mixture, an immersion blender will help you make it smoother.
  • The gravy will continue to thicken in the residual heat, so make sure not cook it too long.

How to store leftover Turkey Breast

Any leftover turkey breast will keep for up to 3-4 days in the fridge. Make sure to place them in an airtight container to keep the moisture in as much as possible. You may also keep it in the freezer for up to 2-3 months. Make sure to use a freezer-friendly bag or container. I also recommend writing down the storage date so everyone in your household will know when not to eat it anymore.

What to do with Leftovers?

You can make a delicious turkey sandwich and stack it up with some lettuce and sliced tomatoes for a hearty breakfast. You can also slice them into smaller pieces and make some baked turkey rolls for lunch. They will also pair well with any pasta that you can enjoy for dinner.

Turkey Breast in Instant Pot

Frequently Asked Questions for Instant Pot Turkey Breast

How can I be sure the turkey is fully cooked?

If the juices are clear, then the turkey is cooked.  Or, you may use a thermometer to check – the minimum temperature should be 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

Can I use butter on the turkey instead of oil?

Yes!  You may either melt the butter or just make sure it is well softened.  Take it off the fridge and allow it to melt at room temperature for at least 30 minutes.

Could I use poultry seasoning in place of the sage?

Absolutely!  Poultry seasoning usually contains some mixture of parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme.  You may just substitute 1 teaspoon of this in place of the sage.

Can I use frozen turkey breast?

Yes, you can.  You will need to increase the cooking time to 50 minutes.  Or, if you prefer, you can thaw the turkey breast in the fridge overnight and cook as directed in the recipe. 

I would like to cook a different sized turkey breast – how do I know how long to cook it?

The rule of thumbs is to cook the turkey for 5-6 minutes per pound.  

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Instant Pot Turkey Breast

This perfectly seasoned Turkey Breast cooked in an Instant Pot is juicy, tender, and absolutely scrumptious. It comes with a rich and tasty gravy cooked on the same pot using the turkey drippings. Yum!
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Instant Pot Turkey Breast, Pressure cooked Turkey Breast, Thanksgiving Turkey, Turkey Breast Recipe
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
time to build pressure and release pressure in the instant pot: 10 minutes
Servings: 6 people
Author: Rachel

Ingredients

Ingredients:

  • 6-7 pound turkey breast thawed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons pepper
  • 2 teaspoons sage ground or rubbed
  • 1 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 cup chicken broth

Gravy:

  • 2 Tablespoons salted butter
  • 2 Tablespoons flour
  • 1 Tablespoon cream

Garnish:

  • Serve with cranberries and rosemary sprigs if desired

Instructions

  • Mix the salt, pepper, sage, and garlic powder in a small bowl and set aside.
  • Rub the turkey breast all over with olive oil. Then rub the seasoning mix all over the turkey breast.
  • Pour 1 cup of chicken broth into the instant pot.
  • Place a trivet into the instant pot.
  • Then, place the seasoned turkey breast onto the trivet, skin side up.
  • Set the instant pot to cook for 40 minutes on high power. Then allow the pressure to release naturally.
  • Remove the turkey from the pot and cover with tin foil until ready to serve. Or, if you would like the turkey skin to brown more and be crispy, turn the oven on low broil. Place the turkey on a baking sheet and broil until the skin is crispy and golden. Watch constantly as it can change very quickly.
  • Next, make the gravy. You may want to first use a small strainer to skim out any fat that is in your broth from the turkey cooking. Turn on the saute function of the instant pot. Add butter to the liquid in the instant pot. Stir until melted. Gradually add flour while whisking constantly. Cook for 3-5 minutes. Stir in the cream. (If there are lumps, an immersion blender works well.) Turn off the heat. Whisk occasionally, until desired thickness. (It should continue to thicken in the residual heat.)
  • Pour the gravy over the turkey once sliced or in a gravy boat.
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