Instant Pot Turkey Breast

Juicy, flavorful Turkey Breast made in the Instant Pot. Perfect for weeknights or holidays, this Thanksgiving feast is now a year-round dish ready in no time at all.

Making a traditional turkey in the oven is great for some families for Thanksgiving, but sometimes you just can’t. Or won’t. Or don’t want to.

Sometimes you want turkey without all the fuss, but still have all the flavor.

You may have already seen or tried my Crock Pot Turkey Breast recipe…which is amazing and cooks up with the Stuffing on top!

Today’s turkey breast recipe is cooked in the Instant Pot.

If you haven’t yet purchased the Instant Pot…do it. Not only does it make delicious pot roast and easy dinners…but the cheesecakes are amazing. I also wouldn’t ever go back to boiling my hard boiled eggs ever again. When you know, you know.

But, back to today’s turkey.

You’ll love this juicy, moist turkey breast that’s ready in under an hour, complete with gravy made from the drippings! Ready to start?

How to Make Turkey Breast in the Instant Pot

STEP 1. Season thawed turkey breast with garlic, Italian seasoning, poultry seasoning, salt and pepper. Add olive oil to instant pot and turn on “SAUTE.” 

Sear turkey breast about 4 minutes per side. Remove from Instant Pot and immediately add chicken broth. 

Using a wooden spoon, scrape up the browned bits from the bottom of the pot.

Not only do the browned bits add flavor to the gravy, but scraping them off the bottom will prevent the “BURN” notice.

STEP 2. Place whole turkey breast on trivet and lower into the instant pot (with the broth still in the bottom). Add 2 Tbsp cubed butter to the Instant Pot.

Secure the lid and turn on “HIGH PRESSURE” for a cook time of 30 minutes.

When cook time ends, allow to naturally release pressure for 10 minutes.

STEP 3. First, check the internal temperature of the turkey using a meat thermometer. It should read 165 degrees F.

Next, remove the turkey and trivet and set on cutting board. 

Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk together cornstarch and cold water. Add to broth and select “SAUTE.”

Add in heavy cream and cook until desired thickness for gravy, whisking continuously.

STEP 4. Slice turkey breast and serve over rosemary sprigs with fresh pomegranate for a beautiful presentation!

What to serve with Instant Pot Turkey Breast

Whether you’re making this for a weeknight meal, or you need some Thanksgiving side dishes, you’ll love all these easy ideas.

Tips for Perfect Turkey Breast recipe

  1. Start with a thawed turkey breast. I use Jenni-O boneless turkey breast. They usually go on sale in November and I stock up my freezer! Each one is about 3 lbs.
  2. Sear the turkey to lock in flavor and moisture. While it’s not a mandatory step, I love the extra browned bits added to my gravy too.
  3. Thicken your gravy by adding the cornstarch, water, and heavy cream while using the “saute” function. Keep whisking until desired thickness, this usually takes a couple minutes.
  4. Today’s recipe was made in a 6qt Instant Pot. Time to come to pressure was about 10 minutes.

How to use Leftover Turkey

If you find yourself with leftover turkey breast on Thanksgiving (or any weeknight), you can use it in place of most recipes that call for cooked chicken.

Whether you want to make a batch of these Turkey Cheddar Sliders, or whip up some Turkey Noodle Soup, the sky is the limit.

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Yield: 4-6 servings

Instant Pot Turkey Breast

Instant Pot Turkey Breast
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

Juicy, flavorful Turkey Breast made in the Instant Pot. Perfect for weeknights or holidays, this Thanksgiving feast is now a year-round dish ready in no time at all.

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 3 lb boneless turkey breast, thawed
  • 2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 2 tsp poultry seasoning
  • 3 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter, cubed
  • 3 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 3 Tbsp cold water
  • 1/3 cup heavy whipping cream

Instructions

    1. Season thawed turkey breast with garlic, Italian seasoning, poultry seasoning, salt and pepper. Add olive oil to instant pot and turn on "SAUTE." 
    2. Sear turkey breast about 4 minutes per side. Remove from Instant Pot and immediately add chicken broth. 
    3. Using a wooden spoon, scrape up the browned bits from the bottom of the pot.
    4. Place whole turkey breast on trivet and lower into the instant pot (with the broth still in the bottom). Add 2 Tbsp cubed butter to the Instant Pot.
    5. Secure the lid and turn on "HIGH PRESSURE" for a cook time of 30 minutes.
    6. When cook time ends, allow to naturally release pressure for 10 minutes.
    7. First, check the internal temperature of the turkey using a meat thermometer. It should read 165 degrees F.
    8. Next, remove the turkey and trivet and set on cutting board. 
    9. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk together cornstarch and cold water. Add to broth and select "SAUTE."
    10. Add in heavy cream and cook until desired thickness for gravy, whisking continuously. Season with salt and pepper as needed.
    11. Slice turkey breast and serve over rosemary sprigs with fresh pomegranate for a beautiful presentation!

Notes

Recipe created using 6qt Instant Pot. Time to come to pressure not included in the prep time.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 457 Total Fat: 16g Saturated Fat: 7g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 7g Cholesterol: 208mg Sodium: 925mg Carbohydrates: 5g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 1g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 69g
*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

Juicy, flavorful Turkey Breast made in the Instant Pot. Perfect for weeknights or holidays, this Thanksgiving feast is now a year-round dish ready in no time at all.

Yield: 4-6 servings

Instant Pot Turkey Breast

Instant Pot Turkey Breast
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

Juicy, flavorful Turkey Breast made in the Instant Pot. Perfect for weeknights or holidays, this Thanksgiving feast is now a year-round dish ready in no time at all.

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 3 lb boneless turkey breast, thawed
  • 2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 2 tsp poultry seasoning
  • 3 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter, cubed
  • 3 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 3 Tbsp cold water
  • 1/3 cup heavy whipping cream

Instructions

    1. Season thawed turkey breast with garlic, Italian seasoning, poultry seasoning, salt and pepper. Add olive oil to instant pot and turn on "SAUTE." 
    2. Sear turkey breast about 4 minutes per side. Remove from Instant Pot and immediately add chicken broth. 
    3. Using a wooden spoon, scrape up the browned bits from the bottom of the pot.
    4. Place whole turkey breast on trivet and lower into the instant pot (with the broth still in the bottom). Add 2 Tbsp cubed butter to the Instant Pot.
    5. Secure the lid and turn on "HIGH PRESSURE" for a cook time of 30 minutes.
    6. When cook time ends, allow to naturally release pressure for 10 minutes.
    7. First, check the internal temperature of the turkey using a meat thermometer. It should read 165 degrees F.
    8. Next, remove the turkey and trivet and set on cutting board. 
    9. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk together cornstarch and cold water. Add to broth and select "SAUTE."
    10. Add in heavy cream and cook until desired thickness for gravy, whisking continuously. Season with salt and pepper as needed.
    11. Slice turkey breast and serve over rosemary sprigs with fresh pomegranate for a beautiful presentation!

Notes

Recipe created using 6qt Instant Pot. Time to come to pressure not included in the prep time.

Recommended Products

As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 457 Total Fat: 16g Saturated Fat: 7g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 7g Cholesterol: 208mg Sodium: 925mg Carbohydrates: 5g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 1g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 69g
*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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17 comments on “Instant Pot Turkey Breast”

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  4. Sterling S Topping

    Your instructions say to add heavy cream for the gravy but you don’t say how much to add and no cream is listed in the ingredients.

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  6. Toni

    I am SO excited about this recipe!! There are times I’d love to make turkey outside of the holidays but who wants to roast a whole turkey?! Not me. This is the perfect solution in a delicious recipe. Thank you!

  7. Krissy Allori

    This is so great. There are times when turkey sounds really good but you don’t want to go to all the trouble of the whole Turkey in the oven. Saving this for laster!

  8. Janet

    I always baked a larger turkey than I needed. I loved a turkey sandwich with lettuce mayo & cranberry sauce. Then it was creamed turkey on toast. And last but not least was a homemade turkey pot pie. I saved my gravy and any extra broth then I cubed potatoes carrots celery & onions. I cooked them in the broth & if needed I added the gravy. Cook until tender then add the turkey and frozen peas. You can top with pie crust or biscuits. I don’t have any amounts to give because I mainly cook by taste. I freeze my leftover turkey so I don’t have to use it all at once.

  9. Natasha

    This is great for smaller families who love easy Thanksgivings and juicy meant!

  10. Demeter

    We’re not hosting this year but love leftovers so this will be perfect for when we get home. Such an easy recipe, thanks!

  11. The frozen turkey breasts (bone in) were on sale this week at our grocery store for 97 cents a pound. Do you know the length of time I would need to cook a thawed bone-in turkey breast? I would love to do it in the IP instead of the oven like I usually do. Thanks 😊

  12. Missy

    Same question as Sandy re: bone in turkey breast!! thanks!

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