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Instant Pot Turkey Breast

Instant Pot Turkey Breast – A tender, succulent and delicious turkey breast prepared in 30 minutes in Instant Pot! The turkey was juicy and perfectly cooked in a very short time. Use these delicious dripping juices to make a great sauce.



  • 4 pound boneless turkey breast, completely thawed
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 tablespoon chopped poultry fresh herb mix; rosemary, sage, and thyme
  • 1 tablespoon sweet or smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder, or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 whole garlic head, cut in half, crosswise (optional)
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme, optional


  • turkey drippings
  • chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour



  1. Drizzle a little olive oil over the turkey breast and rub it all around; set aside.
  2. Combine herbs, paprika, garlic powder, salt, pepper, chili powder, and onion powder in a small mixing bowl; generously season turkey breast with the seasoning blend, rubbing it all around.
  3. Set Instant Pot to SAUTÉ; add remaining olive oil to the instant pot and heat it up.
  4. Add turkey breast to the Instant Pot and sear on all sides; about 2 to 3 minutes per side.
  5. Remove turkey breast from Instant Pot and set aside.
  6. Add a cup of chicken broth to the Instant Pot and scrape up all the browned pieces with a wooden spoon.
  7. Add halved head of garlic to the chicken broth, as well as the sprigs of fresh thyme.
  8. Add the Instant Pot’s trivet or wire rack to the IP, and place the turkey breast on top.
  9. Close the lid and follow the manufacturer’s guide for instructions on how to seal it closed.
  10. Set your IP to the MANUAL setting and set timer for 25 minutes on High Pressure.
  11. Let pressure release naturally (NPR) for 10 minutes before releasing the rest of the pressure.
  12. Set your oven BROILER on HIGH.
  13. Remove the lid from the instant pot. Take the turkey breast to a roasting pan or baking dish and let stand 5 minutes.
  14. Then, put the roasting pan in the oven and BROIL for 6 to 8 minutes, or until browned on top. Watch it closely so it doesn’t burn.
  15. Transfer turkey breast to a cutting board and tent with foil; let rest for 15 minutes before cutting. If there’s butcher twine/net around the turkey breast, remove it before slicing.
  16. In the meantime, prepare the gravy inside the Instant Pot.


  1. Take the turkey drippings from the Instant Pot and pour into a measuring cup through a mesh sieve; discard all the large pieces and only keep the liquid. Add chicken broth to the turkey drippings to make 2 cups of liquid.
  2. Return the inner pot to the pressure cooker and set to SAUTÉ.
  3. Add butter, melt, and whisk in flour; cook for 1 minute, while constantly stirring.
  4. Whisk in the liquid; continue to whisk and cook until gravy is thickened and smooth; about 2 to 3 minutes.
  5. Taste for seasonings and adjust accordingly.
  6. Transfer gravy to a gravy boat and serve with sliced turkey.

Recipe Notes


  1. Place seasoned turkey breast in the slow cooker; cover and cook on low for 5 to 6 hours.
  2. Using a meat thermometer, check for doneness; thermometer should read 160˚F.
  3. For crispy browned skin, broil in the oven for 6 to 8 minutes.
  4. Remove from oven and let stand 15 minutes before cutting.

If you would like to cook a larger turkey breast, the general rule of thumb for cooking poultry in the Instant Pot is 6 minutes per pound with a 10 minute Natural Pressure Release (NPR).

Instant Pot Turkey Breast

1 Comment

  1. 5 stars
    I followed this recipe exactly with my completely thawed 3lb turkey and it was 135 degrees Inside when I was done. Can’t imagine how uncooked it would be if I used the 4lb turkey the recipe called for.

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