Instant Pot Turkey Roast - Turkey Breast Meat

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Planning a family dinner or a small-scale Thanksgiving meal? You don't have to worry about cooking a whole turkey and having all that leftover turkey...unless you want to. Yes, you can cook your Thanksgiving turkey in an electric pressure cooker. And our Instant Pot turkey breast is so easy to cook.

Pro tip: for that perfect crispy skin, you'll want to either finish the turkey on air fryer mode (check out how we did this with chicken wings) or give it a little bit of cooking time under the broiler just to make the turkey golden brown and to give the skin a crispy finish.

Cooking turkey in the pressure cooker means you only need to allot a fraction of the time for cooking your Thanksgiving dinner (or weeknight dinner). Since turkey is a healthy meat option, it's a good idea to have several turkey recipes in your recipe book. Our complete recipe is at the bottom of the post.

turkey breast on red plate

What Side Dishes To Serve with Turkey White Meat?

Trying to figure out what to serve with your turkey dinner? Don't worry! Here are the side dishes we like to serve with turkey, whether it is Thanksgiving day or any other day of the year.

  • Mashed potatoes- there are many versions to choose from including cheesy potatoes, garlic mashed potatoes, red mashed potatoes, and traditional mashed potatoes.
  • Gravy- turkey gravy is always a tasty side to serve right on top of turkey breast, potatoes, and yes...even on stuffing.
  • Cranberry sauce- yes, you could go for the canned version of cranberry sauce that so many of us grew up on, or you could make your own homemade version of this classic side.

Can I Make Turkey Gravy With This Recipe

Yes, you can make turkey gravy with this recipe. Skip the gravy packet! We use the turkey drippings from the beginning for the recipe when you saute the turkey and then scrape off the bottom of the pot.

The juicy turkey breast provides the perfect turkey gravy juices. This means, you don't need to add another cup of chicken broth after the meat cooks... you can use the cooking liquids for the gravy.

When the turkey finishes cooking, remove the turkey and either finish it in the air fryer or under the broiler. This will make a tender turkey breast that has the perfect crispy skin on the top of the turkey.

While the turkey is crisping, you can work on making up a little gravy. You should have plenty of liquid from the turkey cooking.

A good rule of thumb is to strain the liquid and remove fat, bones, and meat that might have fallen off the turkey. Return the strained liquid to the pressure cooker and turn on saute.

While the liquid boils, whisk in a slurry of equal parts cornstarch and water.

Once the gravy thickens, pour it into a small bowl for serving. Remember, this recipe is for a smaller crowd, so you don't need a huge amount.

Slice up the turkey breast and then drizzle a small amount of delicious gravy over the turkey slices. The best part of the entire process is taking that first bite of your roast turkey.

turkey breast on plate

What Is A Turkey Breast Roast?

A turkey breast roast is a turkey breast with the bones removed. Just like a beef roast or a pork roast, these are typically boneless cuts of meat.

In the case of turkey, roasts are typically infused with additional liquids and seasonings to ensure they don't dry out prior to cooking. Turkey breast roasts are sold ready to cook.

While you can sous vide chicken or turkey (in an Instant Pot), pressure cooking turkey breast is a perfect way to prep this delicious cut of meat.

What Is The Minimum Internal Temperature For Turkey?

You want to cook turkey to an internal temperature of 165 degrees F. If the turkey is consumed under 165 degrees, you could become sick with food poisoning. It's important to make sure you always cook food to the appropriate temperature to ensure safety measures are met.

Can I Use a Frozen Turkey Breast?

We get a lot of questions about cooking frozen meat in a pressure cooker or Instant Pot. The simple answer is yes, you can cook frozen turkey breast (or beef, or chicken, or pork) in the Instant Pot.

However, for this Instant Pot turkey breast recipe, we recommend you use a thawed turkey breast roast. However, you can cook frozen turkey breast in the Instant Pot.

IP chicken breast on red plate with words saying Instant Pot turkey breast

How To Use Leftover Turkey

  • Turkey sandwiches
  • Soup - chicken noodle soup is just as good when you swap out turkey for the chicken. Same with chicken tortilla soup and chicken taco soup!
  • Turkey pot pie - this recipe is for chicken pot pie, but you can use turkey.
  • White Chicken Chili- simply sub out the chicken for turkey and make it a White Turkey Chili. You won't regret it. This is an all time favorite way to use up leftover Thanksgiving turkey, from the dark meat to the white meat.

Yield: 4

Instant Pot Turkey Breast

turkey breast on plate

Instant Pot Turkey Breast is an easy turkey recipe perfect for a weeknight dinner or a small Thanksgiving meal. We have the perfect blend of seasonings to make this the tastiest turkey breast ever.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 21 minutes
Total Time 31 minutes


  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 2-3 pound turkey breast with the skin on
  • 2-3 tablespoons salted butter, softened
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 teaspoons poultry seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder, optional
  • 1 cup chicken broth or water


  1. Place oil in your instant pot and set to saute.
  2. Rub the turkey breast all over with butter and then season to personal preference with salt, pepper, poultry seasoning, and chili powder.
  3. Once the oil is hot, place the turkey breast skin-side-down into the hot oil and brown completely, about 3-4 minutes.
  4. Flip and brown on the underside for 2 minutes before removing the turkey breast to a clean plate.
  5. Turn the saute setting off and add the chicken broth or water to the instant pot.
  6. Place the IP Trivet in the instant pot and then set the turkey breast overtop.
  7. Secure the IP lid and set to poultry to cook for 6-7 minutes per pound, so 14 minutes for a 2lb turkey breast, 21 minutes for a 3lb turkey breast, etc.
  8. Allow IP to natural release for 10 minutes.
  9. If desired, place the turkey breast under the broiler for 2 minutes to crisp up the skin a bit more.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 645Total Fat 23gSaturated Fat 8gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 13gCholesterol 296mgSodium 722mgCarbohydrates 1gFiber 0gSugar 0gProtein 103g

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  • Jessica McCoy

    Jessica McCoy is a seasoned food blogger with 14+ years of experience in the industry. As a self-taught home cook, she enjoys creating and finetuning easy recipes that are fool proof and simple for anyone to make. Her expertise is in all things kitchen: cooking tips, air fryer recipes, Instant Pot and other pressure cooking recipes, and slow cooker recipes. Jessica was the previous owner of AllSheCooks, where she focused on easy every day recipes including budget friendly dinner recipes and desserts.

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