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Instant Pot Turkey Breast

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This simple, moist Instant Pot turkey breast is a flavorful, easy recipe that is a great twist on traditional turkey. With the perfect balance of herbs and seasonings, you'll love how fast and quick it is to make thanks to the Instant Pot.
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Table of Contents
  1. INSTANT POT TURKEY BREAST INGREDIENTS
  2. HOW TO MAKE THIS INSTANT POT TURKEY BREAST RECIPE
  3. HOW TO CARVE A TURKEY BREAST
  4. HOW TO MAKE TURKEY GRAVY IN THE INSTANT POT
  5. INSTANT POT TURKEY GRAVY INGREDIENTS
  6. HOW TO MAKE THIS INSTANT POT TURKEY GRAVY RECIPE
  7. STORAGE
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This juicy Instant Pot turkey breast is such an easy twist on the traditional way of baking a turkey. With the perfect balance of herbs and seasonings, you’ll love how fast and quick it is to make thanks to the Instant Pot — it’ll be ready in about an hour!

Want more delicious turkey recipes? Try this hearty, old-fashioned turkey chili made with the perfect balance of spices. You can keep it warm in your crock pot to serve a big crowd, as well! Our gang loves this cowboy casserole, it’s great comfort food and made with ground turkey.

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MORE INSTANT POT RECIPES:
Instant Pot Chicken Alfredo | Instant Pot Chili


INSTANT POT TURKEY BREAST INGREDIENTS

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You will need:

  • One bone-in turkey breast, 5 to 6 pounds
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon dried sage
  • 1 teaspoon rosemary
  • ½ teaspoon thyme
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon seasoned salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 rib of celery, cut into big chunks
  • ½ small onion, sliced
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HOW TO MAKE THIS INSTANT POT TURKEY BREAST RECIPE

STEP ONE: Remove any gravy package that might be included with the turkey breast. Pat dry the turkey breast with paper towels.

PRO TIP: Don’t rinse your turkey – this can lead to the spread of bacteria around the kitchen! Make sure you wash your hands after handling raw turkey. Don’t forget to disinfect any surfaces or spice containers you may have touched along the way. You’ll also want to use clean plates and utensils to prevent cross-contamination. Also, use separate cutting boards for raw protein and produce.

STEP TWO: Mix together the sage, rosemary, thyme, paprika, seasoned salt, and pepper.

STEP THREE: Drizzle 1 tablespoon of olive oil all over the turkey breast and rub it in. You really don’t have to measure, just drizzle the turkey all over.

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STEP FOUR: Sprinkle the spice mixture all over the turkey and pat it onto the skin. Start on one side and just turn and add spice. You can do several sprinkles.

STEP FIVE: Place 1 tablespoon of olive oil and the 2 tablespoons of butter in the bottom of the Instant Pot. Set the Instant Pot to saute and once the butter has melted sear the turkey breast on all sides, about 5 to 6 minutes on each side. Once the sides are seared, remove the turkey to a plate.

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STEP SIX: Turn the Instant Pot off.

STEP SEVEN: Add the celery, onion, and garlic to the bottom of the pot.

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STEP EIGHT: Place the wire trivet that came with the Instant Pot in the bottom of the pot leaving the handles available for later to lift the turkey out.

STEP NINE: Carefully and slowly add 2 cups of water to the Instant Pot — be careful with hot oil and water!

STEP TEN: Place the turkey breast into the Instant Pot.

STEP ELEVEN: Place the lid on the Instant Pot, vent in closed position. Set the Instant Pot to the manual setting for about 33 to 40 minutes, about 6 to 7 minutes per pound.

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STEP TWELVE: Once the cooking time has transpired let the Instant Pot pressure release naturally, meaning don’t open the currently closed vent. Let it release naturally for at least 10 to 15 minutes or until you are ready to take it out.

PRO TIP: Use a meat thermometer to ensure your turkey reaches the safe internal temperature of 165°F. If you’re cooking a whole turkey, check the temperature in at least three places. We recommend the innermost part of the thigh, thickest part of the breast, and innermost part of the wing.

HOW TO CARVE A TURKEY BREAST

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STEP ONE: Remove the turkey to a cutting board, tent with aluminum foil and let it rest before slicing. You’ll want to let it rest before you slice to keep all those delicious juices inside. If you slice it too soon, you’ll lose that incredible moisture!

STEP TWO: Run your knife along the bone for a nice even slice. Once you’ve removed the meat from the bone, you’ll be able to make uniform slices of the turkey breast to serve.

HOW TO MAKE TURKEY GRAVY IN THE INSTANT POT

Gravy is personally one of my favorite parts of any meal. It’s easy to make a homemade turkey gravy right in your Instant Pot with this recipe.

INSTANT POT TURKEY GRAVY INGREDIENTS

You will need:

  • Leftover broth and juices to equal 2 cups
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • ¼ cup cold water

HOW TO MAKE THIS INSTANT POT TURKEY GRAVY RECIPE

STEP ONE: Strain the liquid that remains in the Instant Pot using a fine-meshed strainer to remove the chunks of onion, garlic, and celery. Measure out 2 cups of juices (or more if you need it, adjust cornstarch/water accordingly). Place the strained liquid back into the Instant Pot.

STEP TWO: Set the Instant Pot to saute to reheat the liquid.

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STEP THREE: While the liquid is reheating, whisk the cornstarch and cold water together.

STEP FOUR: Once the liquid is boiling whisk in the cornstarch/water mixture and whisk until desired thickness. Serve immediately.

STORAGE

IN THE FRIDGE: Refrigerate perishable foods within two hours. Food stored in the refrigerator should stay below 40°F. Enjoy those leftovers within 3 to 4 days.

IN THE FREEZER: Freeze your turkey for use over the next several weeks.

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As a busy mom, I am always trying new recipes to help me get hearty, delicious meals on the table for my family in record time. This Instant Pot turkey breast is a new favorite — it’s perfect for a weeknight dinner or for Thanksgiving.

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Instant Pot Turkey Breast

5 from 1 vote
This simple, moist Instant Pot turkey breast is a flavorful, easy recipe that is a great twist on traditional turkey. With the perfect balance of herbs and seasonings, you’ll love how fast and quick it is to make thanks to the Instant Pot.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 8

Ingredients
  

  • 1 bone-in turkey breast 5 to 6 pounds
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil divided
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon dried sage
  • 1 teaspoon rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 rib celery cut into big chunks
  • 1/2 small onion sliced

Instructions
 

  • Remove any gravy package that might be included with the turkey breast.
  • Pat dry the turkey breast with paper towels.
  • Mix together the sage, rosemary, thyme, paprika, seasoned salt, and pepper.
  • Drizzle 1 tablespoon of olive oil all over the turkey breast and rub it in. You really don’t have to measure, just drizzle the turkey all over.
  • Sprinkle the spice mixture all over the turkey and pat it onto the skin. Start on one side and just turn and add spice. You can do several sprinkles.
  • Place 1 tablespoon of olive oil and the 2 tablespoons of butter in the bottom of the instant pot. Set the Instant Pot to saute and once the butter has melted sear the turkey breast on all sides, about 5 to 6 minutes on each side. Once the sides are seared, remove the turkey to a plate.
  • Turn the Instant Pot off.
  • Add the celery, onion, and garlic to the bottom of the pot.
  • Place the wire trivet that came with the Instant Pot in the bottom of the pot leaving the handles available for later to lift the turkey out.
  • Carefully and slowly add 2 cups of water to the instant pot. Be careful with hot oil and water.
  • Place the turkey breast into the instant pot.
  • Place the lid on the Instant Pot, vent in the closed position. Set the Instant Pot to the manual setting for about 33 to 40 minutes, about 6 to 7 minutes per pound.
  • Once the cooking time has transpired let the Instant Pot pressure release naturally (meaning don’t open the currently closed vent). Let it release naturally at least 10 to 15 minutes or until you are ready to take it out.
  • Remove the turkey to a cutting board, tent with aluminum foil and let it rest before slicing.

Notes

Gravy Ingredients:
  • Leftover broth and juices to equal 2 cups
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • ¼ cup cold water
Gravy Instructions:
  1. Strain the liquid that remains in the Instant Pot using a fine meshed strainer to remove the chunks of onion, garlic and celery.  Measure out 2 cups of juices (or more if you need it, adjust cornstarch/water accordingly). Place the strained liquid back into the Instant Pot.
  2. Set the Instant Pot to saute to reheat the liquid.
  3. While the liquid is reheating, whisk the cornstarch and cold water together.
  4. Once the liquid is boiling whisk in the cornstarch/water mixture and whisk until desired thickness.
 

Nutrition

Calories: 61kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 175mg | Potassium: 10mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 149IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 1mg
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    • Layne Kangas says

      Hi, Em – you could definitely use boneless but I haven’t made it that way personally, so I think you could adjust the cooking time down a bit but since I haven’t done it that way, I can’t tell you a specific change. Good luck and enjoy!

  1. Kathy says

    5 stars
    My first time using my Instant Pot and I made this delicious turkey breast. I was a little nervous at first, but followed the recipe and it came out great. Breast was very moist. I even made the gravey. It turned out ok…need some practice. Thanks for your step by step instructions.

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