by Olena

Instant Pot Turkey Breast (Video)

by Olena

5 from 2 reviews

Instant Pot Turkey Breast is super juicy, ready in an hour and even gravy is made in same pot. Saves time, money and feeds a small gathering. It’s perfect!

Don’t have Instant Pot? Make my boneless turkey breast roast or roasted turkey breast. All are delicious, juicy and easy as well!

Instant Pot Turkey Breast

Pressure Cooker Turkey Breast

Just the two of you? Tired or busy? Make Instant Pot turkey breast. This recipe is very easy and yields the same result – delicious turkey dinner in fraction of time.

All you have to do is season the breast, cook it in Instant Pot, broil in the oven and make gravy with drippings right in Instant Pot.

I have to say – don’t skip the gravy. No matter what and how you cook turkey, breast is lean and more dry meat than any other bird part.

Turkey breast in instant pot

Types of Turkey Breast You Can Use

Generally, there are 3 types of turkey breast:

  • Turkey breasts on a bone removed from a turkey. Photo below shows my 5 lbs turkey breast I got at Costco. Boneless white meat attached to the bone.
  • Turkey breast meat in a mesh pouch. It is simply meat rolled into a tenderloin that it held together by a mesh. It can be sold in a plastic tray covered with plastic or in a box. Do not remove the mesh or twine.
  • Frozen turkey breast is an option too. I have tested it and the process is similar to my Instant Pot frozen chicken. You just have to make sure to rinse meat to remove frost for oil and spices to stick. Cooking time will be longer and pressure cooker will take a little bit longer to come to pressure.

sliced Instant Pot Turkey Breast on a garnished with cranberries and parsleyplatter

How Long to Cook Turkey Breast in Instant Pot

Fresh – 6 minutes per lb with Natural Release (takes about 10-15 minutes):

  • 2 lbs = 12 mins
  • 3 lbs = 18 mins
  • 4 lbs = 24 mins
  • 5 lbs = 30 mins
  • 6 lbs = 36 mins
  • 7 lbs = 42 mins
  • 8 lbs = 50 mins

Frozen – 10 minutes per lb with Natural Release.

  • 2 lbs = 20 mins
  • 3 lbs = 30 mins
  • 4 lbs = 40 mins
  • 5 lbs = 50 mins
  • 6 lbs = 60 mins
  • 7 lbs = 70 mins
  • 8 lbs = 80 mins

Instant Pot Turkey Breast with mashed potatoes and gravy

How to Make Instant Pot Turkey Breast Roast

Not familiar with Instant Pot? Check out my Instant Pot guide and which Instant Pot I own and recommend to buy.

  • Prep: Add 1 cup water and trivet to 6 quart or 8 quart Instant Pot. Mesh roast could fit into 3 quart. Trim fat, rub turkey breast with oil and sprinkle with spices.
  • Cooking: Cook on High pressure, fresh – 6 mins/lb, frozen – 10 mins/lb. After let pressure come down on its own until pin drops.
  • Broil: Remove turkey onto baking sheet and broil until brown and crispy skin.
  • Make gravy: Press Saute, whisk in cold water and cornstarch right into Instant Pot with drippings and cook until thickened.

turkey breast and spicesseasoned turkey breast in a glass bowl

Instant Pot and Turkey Breast removed onto baking sheetturkey breast on baking sheet under the broiler

adding slurry to Instant Pot to make gravyinstant pot gravy bubbling

Tips, Storing and Leftovers

  • Roast and Instant Pot size: I fit 5 lbs roast into my 6 quart Instant Pot Lux and could fit in up to 7 lbs. 8 quart can hold even 8-9 lbs turkey breast or a whole mini turkey.
  • Don’t do quick release – meat won’t be fully cooked.
  • Always sear after – I tried to sear turkey breast before cooking on Saute mode and prefer broiling after. Turkey skin comes out more roasted instead of poached.
  • Storing and reheating: Refrigerate in airtight container for up to 5 days. Reheat in a pot covered with a splash of broth and drippings by simmering on low, kind of steaming. Do not bake as it will dry out meat more.
  • Freezing: Cooked turkey leftovers freeze very well. Freeze cubed turkey meat in measured out portions in glass containers for casseroles and salad. I freeze carcass in a giant Ziploc bag for soups.
  • Leftover meat and bones: Make Instant Pot bone broth with carcass and turkey tetrazzini with leftover meat.

Servings Suggestions

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Instant Pot Turkey Breast served with mashed potatoes and gravy

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Instant Pot Turkey Breast {SO Juicy!}

instant pot turkey breast

5 from 2 reviews

Instant Pot Turkey Breast is super juicy, ready in an hour and even gravy is made in same pot. Saves time, money and feeds a small gathering. It’s perfect!

  • Author: Olena of ifoodreal.com
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: North American
Scale

Ingredients

  • 5 lbs fresh or frozen turkey breast
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 large garlic clove, grated
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tbsp dried rosemary
  • 1 3/4 tsp salt
  • Ground black pepper, to taste
  • 3 tbsp cornstarch

Instructions

  1. Add 1 cup water and trivet to 6 or 8 quart Instant Pot. Mesh roast could fit into 3 quart.
  2. Trim fat from the turkey if necessary. Mix smoked paprika, rosemary, salt and pepper in a small bowl.
  3. Rub turkey breast with oil, garlic and sprinkle with spices. You can do it in a bowl, on a platter or right inside Instant Pot if you pour 1 cup water after on the side w/o washing off spices.
  4. Press Pressure Cook on High or Manual as per chart in the notes depending on the weight.
  5. Let pressure release naturally (NPR), open the lid when float valve is down and remove turkey onto baking sheet.
  6. Broil turkey breast until skin is brown and crispy.
  7. Now you can make gravy with the drippings right in Instant Pot. Press Saute and whisk 1/4 cup cold water with 3 tbsp cornstarch. Pour into bubbling drippings, whisk and cook until gravy has thickened, about 1-2 minutes. Press Cancel.
  8. Slice turkey breast roast against the grain with sharp long knife. Serve hot with gravy and your favorite sides like mashed potatoes, cauliflower mash or mashed sweet potatoes.

Store: Refrigerate leftovers for up to 5 days. Or freeze in portions for up to 3 months and use in sandwiches, salads, frittatas, casseroles and soups.

Notes

How Long to Cook Turkey Breast in Instant Pot

Fresh – 6 minutes per lb with Natural Release (takes about 10-15 minutes):

  • 2 lbs = 12 mins
  • 3 lbs = 18 mins
  • 4 lbs = 24 mins
  • 5 lbs = 30 mins
  • 6 lbs = 36 mins
  • 7 lbs = 42 mins
  • 8 lbs = 50 mins

Frozen – 10 minutes per lb with Natural Release.

  • 2 lbs = 20 mins
  • 3 lbs = 30 mins
  • 4 lbs = 40 mins
  • 5 lbs = 50 mins
  • 6 lbs = 60 mins
  • 7 lbs = 70 mins
  • 8 lbs = 80 mins

I fit in 5 lbs roast into my 6 quart Instant Pot Lux and could fit in up to 7 lbs. 8 quart can hold even 8-9 lbs turkey breast or a whole mini turkey. Do not do Quick Release as meat might be not fully ready and come out dry.

 Did you make this recipe? Please give it a star rating in the comments.

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Hello and welcome to iFOODreal.

My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys and a wife to Alex. And this is our healthy family recipes blog. I grew up in Ukraine on real food. As an adult, I tried many diets without results. Now for over 10 years, I cook quick and easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

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Healthy family recipes with simple ingredients. Many are inspired by my Ukrainian heritage. I share mostly dinner recipes because it just never ends... I’m obsessed with healthy freezer meals. And more than in love with my Instant Pot.

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Originally from Ukraine, I now reside on magic Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada with my family. I started this blog in 2012 when I ended up at home with 2 small kids unemployed and a wee bit chubby.

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  1. The turkey breast meat came out so tender I was absolutely shocked. I had no idea breast meat could be so moist and tender. I didn’t even want any gravy on it. I wanted to enjoy every bite. The seasonings were a very different taste for me. Although I enjoyed them Just different.

  2. I made the IP recipe for frozen boneless turkey breast over the weekend. It turned out fabulous.
    The turkey was moist and had plenty of flavor. It only took 30 min of IP time so your cooking time chart was spot on. And you were right it gave up very few drippings so I had to use your
    alternate method to make gravy. I used my broiler to brown up the turkey and it worked great
    I enjoy watching your videos and look forward to more of them and cooking with my IP
    Keep them coming
    Richard

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