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Instant Pot Turkey Dinner- Easy Thanksgiving Turkey Recipe

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This recipe for an Instant Pot Turkey dinner gives you a delicious, moist and juicy whole turkey cooked in the pressure cooker that is ready to serve in less than 1 hour!

As soon as fall arrives I start to think about the Thanksgiving meal. Menu planning, researching recipes, designing my table decor, I love it all!

But the one thing that can put a damper on the festivities and strike fear in even the most experienced cooks is making the Thanksgiving turkey.

Luckily, the Instant Pot eliminates all the worry (and all the work). It is so simple and so easy, you'll want to cook this easy Thanksgiving turkey recipe all year long!

white poultry meat with gravy on a white plate

Why You'll Love Instant Pot Turkey

It is so fast! It may be hard to believe you can have a fully cooked turkey in less than 1 hour, but it's true! Thanks to the wonder that is the Instant Pot, you can forget getting up at the crack of dawn to get the turkey in the oven.

Pressure cooker turkey lets you free up that precious oven space, which is always in high demand on Thanksgiving day.

You can just set it and then forget it! No basting, no constant checking, no tenting the turkey with foil. Since the Instant Pot does all the work, you can simply kick back and relax.

The finished Instant Pot Turkey on a white serving plate next to a blue print cloth napkin

How To Make

Step #1: Add water, celery, carrots, onion and garlic cloves to the Instant Pot inner pot.

chopped vegetables placed at the bottom of the Instant Pot insert

Step #2: Next, place a trivet rack on top of vegetables in the Instant Pot.

trivet set on top of the vegetables inside the Instant Pot insert

Step #3: Set the turkey on top of the trivet rack, close the pressure cooker lid and turn pressure valve to seal.

Then cook on manual high pressure for 6 minutes PER POUND. For an 8 pound turkey like the one shown here, set the cook time to 48 minutes.

turkey placed on top of the trivet inside the Instant Pot insert

Step #4: Allow for a natural pressure for 10 minutes, and then let out the remaining pressure. If desired, transfer to broiler pan and broil for 2-3 minutes or until golden brown on top. Then serve and enjoy!

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Recipe

Yield: 12 Servings

Instant Pot Turkey – Easy Thanksgiving Turkey Recipe

sliced turkey breast with gravy and parsley on top on a white plate

With this Instant Pot Turkey recipe, you can cook a deliciously moist and juicy whole Turkey in less than 1 hour!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 48 minutes
Total Time 58 minutes

Ingredients

Supplies to make the Best Thanksgiving Turkey Recipe:

Ingredients for an easy Thanksgiving Turkey Recipe:

Instructions

  1. Add water, celery, carrots, onion and garlic cloves to Instant Pot inner pot.
  2. Place trivet rack on top of vegetables in the Instant Pot.
  3. Set the turkey on top of the trivet rack, close the instant pot lid, and turn pressure valve to seal. Cook on manual high pressure for 6 minutes PER POUND. For an 8 pound turkey, like the one shown here, set the cook time to 48 minutes.
  4. Allow for a natural pressure for 10 minutes, and then let out the remaining pressure.
  5. If desired, transfer to broiler pan and broil for 2-3 minutes or until golden brown on top.

Notes

Suggestions for the best Thanksgiving Turkey Recipe.

  • Depending on the size of your Instant Pot, a 5- to 8-pound brisket should fit well in a 5-quart or larger Pot Just make sure the height of the meat is below the top of the basket before you begin.
  • The time will vary depending on the size of your Turkey breast, to ensure that it is cooked perfectly, I recommend using an instant-read thermometer to test the internal temperature.
  • If the breast of Turkey is frozen, thaw it overnight in the refrigerator.

FAQs:

  • Can my dog have Thanksgiving Turkey? The answer is yes, your dog can have Turkey and the vegetables of this recipe, just avoid giving the onions or garlic, these could be dangerous for them.
  • Can my cat have Thanksgiving Turkey? Yes, your cat would love to have Thanksgiving Turkey, and maybe some of the vegetables, but please avoid giving the onions or the garlic, any of these can be poisonous or harm your cat's digestive system.

Nutrition Information

Yield

12

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 582Total Fat 22gSaturated Fat 7gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 14gCholesterol 330mgSodium 328mgCarbohydrates 3gNet Carbohydrates 0gFiber 1gSugar 1gSugar Alcohols 0gProtein 87g

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