Instant Pot Turkey Breast with Gravy

My mother in law gifted me a bone in turkey breast and I was excited to cook it in my Instant Pot.  Cooking a turkey breast in the Instant Pot is easy and quick and the results are tender, juicy, and delicious.   Not only can you make a super tasty turkey breast in your Instant Pot you can also whip up gluten-free gravy in the pot while the turkey is cooling or browning under a broiler.  This Instant Pot turkey breast with gravy recipe is easy to make and is sure to please everyone at the table.

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Instant Pot Turkey Breast

Instant Pot Turkey Breast

You can print this recipe at the bottom of the post if you would like to skip the tutorial and get to cooking.

Cooking a turkey breast in the Instant Pot is easy and delicious.

Season your turkey breast

First, you need to season your turkey breast.  I used salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and a bit of paprika.   I stuff the breast with a quartered onion, a few cloves of garlic, a sprig of thyme, and a cut up celery stalk.

Instant Pot Turkey Breast

Brown your turkey breast (optional)

This second step is totally optional.  I like to brown my turkey breast a bit.  I put a bit of butter in the bottom of the pot and turn it on to saute.  Once the pot heats up, place the turkey in breast side down for a few minutes then flip it over, I use two wooden spoons.  Turn the Instant Pot off.   Keep the turkey breast in this position because you will want to cook it breast side up.

Add liquid

Third, add broth to the pot.  I use homemade chicken stock but you can use store-bought chicken or turkey broth as well.

Cook

Finally, lock the lid and set the Instant Pot to high pressure for 30 minutes.

Instant Pot Turkey Breast

Just a note…..the cook times can vary depending on size.

Bone-In Turkey Breast Instant Pot cook time

  • 3.5 lb turkey breast takes 25 minutes
  • 6.5 lb turkey breast takes 30 minutes

Boneless Turkey Breast Instant Pot cook time

  • I haven’t cooked a boneless turkey breast in my Instant Pot but from all that I have read online a 3 lb boneless breast takes 30 minutes.

When the cook time is done, signaled by the beep, turn your pressure cooker off.

Use a natural pressure release for 10 minutes, that means simply leave it alone.

Next, do a quick pressure release to release any remaining pressure, I cover the valve with a towel then release the valve.  When valve drops carefully remove lid.

Use an instant read thermometer to check to see if the turkey is done. It should be 165°. If it isn’t 165°, lock the lid in place and cook it for a few more minutes.

When your turkey breast is completely cooked remove it from the Instant Pot, again I use two wooden spoons.  You can be done cooking the turkey breast or you can brown the breast under a boiler element and move on to making the gravy.

Instant Pot Turkey Breast

Instant Pot Gluten-Free Turkey Gravy

Strain and skim the fat off the broth if you desire, I use a fat separator.   Whisk together corn starch and cold water then add to broth in the cooking pot.  Select Sauté and stir until broth thickens.  Add salt and pepper to taste.

Instant Pot turkey gravy

Your turkey breast should be done under the broiler and you can now enjoy our moist, tender, and delicious Instant Pot turkey breast with gravy.

Instant Pot Turkey Breast

More Instant Pot Recipes

Looking for more Instant Pot recipes?  Here are a few others that I have shared:

How to cook frozen chicken breasts in the Instant Pot

How to cook dry beans in the Instant Pot

Instant Pot potato salad

Mini Frittatas in the Instant Pot

Instant Pot Turkey Breast

Printable Instant Pot Turkey Breast with Gravy Recipe

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Instant Pot Turkey Breast with Gravy
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Serves: 8
 
Cooking a turkey breast in the Instant Pot is easy and quick and the results were tender, juicy, and delicious. As a bonus you can also whip up gluten-free gravy in the pot while the turkey is cooling or browning under a broiler.
Ingredients
  • 6.5 lb. bone-in, skin-on turkey breast
  • Spices: salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and paprika
  • 1 (14 oz.) can turkey or chicken broth
  • 1 large onion, quartered
  • 1 stock celery, cut in large pieces
  • 1 sprig of thyme
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons cold water
Instructions
  1. Season turkey breast liberally with spices.
  2. Stuff with onion, celery, garlic and thyme.
  3. Brown turkey breast if desired with a bit of butter on saute mode. Leave turkey breast side up when done
  4. Add chicken broth.
  5. Lock lid in place, select High Pressure and 30 minutes cooking time.
  6. When beep sounds, turn off pressure cooker and use a natural pressure release for 10 minutes, then do a quick pressure release to release any remaining pressure.
  7. When valve drops carefully remove lid. Use an instant read thermometer to check to see if the turkey is done. It should be 165°. If it isn’t 165°, lock the lid in place and cook it for a few more minutes.
  8. When turkey has reached 165°. Carefully remove turkey and place on large plate. Cover with foil. OR put in a cooking dish and place under a broiler to brown the turkey breast.
  9. Strain and skim the fat off the broth if desired.
  10. Whisk together corn starch and cold water then add to broth in cooking pot.
  11. Select Sauté and stir until broth thickens. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  12. Remove breast from broiler if you used this feature and slice the turkey and serve immediately.

 

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23 thoughts on “Instant Pot Turkey Breast with Gravy

  1. Karen Higel says:

    Made it just as your recipe said to and it turned out so juicy and flavorful! Fantastico!!! Will make this again for sure.

  2. Christy says:

    I love this recipe and was prepared to make it in my new 6 qt IP, bt the 5.5 lb bone-in, skin-on turkey breast wouldn’t fit!! What size IP to you have?

  3. Sarah says:

    I’m also interested in knowing if an average sized turkey breast will fit in the instant pot. I usually cook it in an oval 6 at. Crockpot.

  4. Vanessa says:

    Made this today and followed the recipe exactly. Wonderful! So nice to have a turkey dinner on the table in less than an hour!

  5. Pat says:

    Made this tonight, turkey and gravey both delicious!! Thank you!!
    Trying to give 5 Stars but not allowing me to click on them.
    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  6. Laura D says:

    My gravy looks like brown gravy even though I followed the instructions exactly. Wonder what the difference is…

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