Instant pot turkey with candied yams and mashed potatoes on a grey plate (with logo overlay)

Instant Pot Turkey Breast Roasted to Perfection

Make holiday meals easier this year with Instant Pot Turkey. It’s quick, simple, and doesn’t take up needed space in the oven.

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nstant pot turkey is the easiest way I’ve ever made a whole turkey! This is a perfect way to have Thanksgiving turkey done in no time. And, it doesn’t take much prep work.

I’ve been using the instant pot a lot lately, and it’s great for other meats, so why not turkey? You can season the turkey however you’d like, but I’ll tell you what we did. This is such an easy recipe!

The instant pot turkey stays very moist and still has a good flavor to the skin. We used Italian seasoning, sea salt, pepper, and thyme for our flavors. I also added some onion and garlic to the instant pot.

We made this over the summer to test the idea out and it was delicious! Our family munched on the leftover turkey for days. This year, we are definitely making our turkey in the instant pot for Thanksgiving dinner.

While this recipe is for a bone-in turkey breast, you can also try my recipe for boneless turkey breast with lemon and herbs. If you can find a small enough whole turkey, you could use that as well. In my family, Justin is the only one who likes dark meat, so we tend to make the turkey breast since it’s white meat only. 

Why the Instant Pot?

The instant pot is a great way to make turkey and is much safer than deep frying. And it’s quick. Plus, it doesn’t take up your oven! This has become my favorite way to make a turkey. One of the biggest challenges for a big holiday meal is the oven space so if you have too many things that need to be baked, you have to time it carefully and possibly have a family member cook something at their house and bring it warm. When you cook the turkey in the pressure cooker, it’s one less thing that needs the oven.

Note: When pressure cooking a turkey, you may not get the crispy skin like you would with a deep fryer. But you will still get a golden brown color and the juiciest turkey breast this way. 

Best Thanksgiving Side Dishes to Make with Instant Pot Turkey Breast

Instant Pot Turkey Step by Step

Ingredients

  • 5-7 lb bone-in turkey breast
  • 8 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 2 cups chicken broth (or chicken stock)
  • 1 onion (quartered)
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 1/2 tbsp thyme (dried or fresh herbs)
  • 6 drops lemon essential oil ( or 1 tbsp lemon juice)
Instant pot turkey ingredients in bowls on a wooden surface: chicken broth, whole turkey, butter, seasonings, garlic, onion

Preparation

Pat the turkey dry and gather your ingredients.

Place the turkey on a wire rack for the instant pot and place it into the cooking pot. Generously rub the turkey with the butter then place 1/4 of the remaining butter inside the turkey cavity and the rest around it.

Whole turkey with butter in the cooker of an instant pot on a wooden surface

Place the onion and garlic inside the turkey cavity. Any that doesn’t fit can go around the turkey.

Whole turkey with onions and garlic in the cooker of an instant pot on a wooden surface

Sprinkle the Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, and thyme on the turkey. Pour the lemon oil or lemon juice inside and around the turkey then add the chicken broth to the bottom of the pot.

Whole turkey with onions, garlic, and seasonings in the cooker of an instant pot on a wooden surface

Place the lid on the instant pot, move to the sealed position, and cook on high pressure for 35 minutes. Allow for a natural pressure release. Check that the turkey has reached an internal temperature of 165F on an instant-read meat thermometer. Remove the turkey from the instant pot and let the turkey rest for 10 minutes before carving.

Tip: I like to carve on a baking sheet so the juices don’t make a mess and you can save those drippings. 

Tip: Save the turkey drippings to use for homemade turkey gravy. 

Instant pot turkey with candied yams and mashed potatoes on a grey plate (vertical)

Pictured here: Instant Pot Turkey, Turkey Gravy, Creamy Homemade Mashed Potatoes, Candied Yams

Instant Pot Turkey Leftovers

Storage: Pull any remaining meat from the turkey carcass. Store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-5 days.

Reheating: Enjoy the leftovers cold or reheat in a microwave or toaster oven.

Recipe

Originally Published On: October 2, 2020

Last Updated On: October 18, 2023

Instant pot turkey with candied yams and mashed potatoes on a grey plate

Instant Pot Turkey

Make holiday meals easier this year with Instant Pot Turkey. It's quick, simple, and doesn't take up needed space in the oven.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Pressurizing Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Course:
Main Dish
Cuisine:
American
Keyword:
essential oils
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holidays
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instant pot
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lemon
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thanksgiving
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turkey
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turkey breast
Dietary Needs:
Egg-Free
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Gluten-Free
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Keto
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Nut-Free
Meat:
Chicken/Turkey
Cooking Method:
Instant Pot
Servings: 4
5 from 17 votes

Ingredients

  • 5-7 lb bone-in turkey breast
  • 8 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 2 cups chicken broth (or chicken stock)
  • 1 onion (quartered)
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 1/2 tbsp thyme (dried or fresh herbs)
  • 6 drops lemon essential oil (or 1 tbsp lemon juice)

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Instructions

  • Pat the turkey dry
  • Place the turkey on a wire rack for the instant pot and place into the cooking pot
  • Generously rub the turkey with the butter then place 1/4 of the remaining butter inside the turkey and the rest around it
  • Place the onion and garlic inside the turkey cavity and any that doesn’t fit around the turkey
  • Sprinkle the Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, and thyme on the turkey
  • Pour the lemon oil or juice inside and around the turkey
  • Add the chicken broth to the pot
  • Place the lid on the instant pot and cook on high pressure for 35 minutes
  • Let the pressure release naturally
  • Remove the turkey from the instant pot and let it sit for 10 minutes before carving
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Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Turkey
Amount Per Serving (3 oz)
Calories 468 Calories from Fat 225
% Daily Value*
Fat 25g38%
Saturated Fat 11g55%
Cholesterol 204mg68%
Sodium 1171mg49%
Potassium 672mg19%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 53g106%
Vitamin A 636IU13%
Vitamin C 12mg15%
Calcium 76mg8%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

All nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutrition content will vary based on brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes, and more.

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40 thoughts on “Instant Pot Turkey Breast Roasted to Perfection”

  1. 5 stars
    I just can never get tired of Instant Pot Turkey. Easy, quick, delicious and healthy. What else do you need in a meal, right? 🙂

  2. 5 stars
    I love how easy this recipe is! Perfect for people who just want a little bit of turkey quickly without the trouble of roasting it.

  3. I was sitting here just thinking that I need to do some food prep today. It’s fall and that always means my instant pot gets pulled out the cupboard. Time to prep for winter with some instant pot soups! Thanks for the inspiration!

  4. Jessica Formicola

    5 stars
    I’ve never made turkey in the Instant Pot! This recipe looks super easy and I can’t wait to try it out this year!

  5. Thanks for sharing this recipe. It is always great to read about new things and specially food. I don’t really cook and have never made Instant pot turkey but this recipe is surprisingly very simple and quick. I will surely try this recipe soon!

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