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Instant Pot Turkey Breast with Gravy

Tender, succulent turkey breast with gravy can be on the dinner table in less than an hour, with this Instant Pot Turkey Breast with Gravy recipe. This instant pot recipe is so healthy, quick, and delicious, we enjoy it anytime of year. 

instant pot turkey breast recipe

Instant Pot Turkey

Admittedly, I’ve been pretty happy with our halloween arrangement the last several years. Hubby chaperones any littles that still want to go trick or treating [the teen isn’t as thrilled about it as I am anymore.] I stay home, pass out the goods, and awwww over all the cuties that come to our door. My said teen is in charge of keeping our 70lb Olde English Bulldogge from running out into the night.

When the evening festivities are over, I totally ransack the kids’ stash of goodies when they get home. They know the drill well.

Hand over the Reeses Peanut Butter Cups or else it’s nothing but beets for dinner tomorrow. I’m definitely not winning any Best Mom of the Year awards.

But let me try to redeem myself a little, if that’s possible. I do make entire turkey breasts for dinner even when it’s not Thanksgiving.

Shall I take my bow now, or wait for later?

For reals – the entire family gobbles up this Instant Pot Turkey Breast with Gravy. And it really is so healthy, quick, and delicious that you’ll use it well beyond November…

instant pot turkey breast recipe

Tips for How to make Turkey in the Instant Pot (with Gravy, too)

  • Either a 6qt sor 8qt Instant Pot will work. I own the 8qt and love it. It allows me the extra room if I need it, and it doesn’t run as much risk of getting over-filled.
  • If your turkey breast is frozen, be sure to take it out to defrost a few nights beforehand. Also don’t forget to remove the gravy packet, if it came with one.
  • It may seem kinda icky, but do evenly press seasonings under the skin all throughout. I use clean hands (gloves work if you really need it) to evenly press half the seasoning mixture onto the turkey, underneath the skin. This allows the turkey breast to soak up all the savory flavors. The other half of the seasoning mixture can go on top of the skin.
  • If you care about how the turkey skin looks, you can place breast under broiler for a bit just to get that beautiful browning. If you aren’t going to eat the skin and don’t care what it looks like, you can totally skip the broil part.

instant pot turkey breast recipe

What to serve with Instant Pot Turkey Breast

Who doesn’t like their choice of sides?? These are great for Thanksgiving, or pick and choose what you want to include for a meal anytime:

Garlic Herb Roasted Baby Potatoes

Creamy Baked Mashed Potatoes (make-ahead)

Festive Wild Rice Stuffing (GF)

Sausage and Apple Stuffing

Honey Cornbread Muffins (No Refined Sugar)

Kale, Brussels, and Cranberry Salad

Easiest Fresh Cranberry Sauce

[Decisions, decisions.]

Here’s another recipe you’ll want to save:

instant pot turkey breast

Instant Pot Turkey Breast with Gravy

5 from 4 ratings
Tender, succulent turkey breast with gravy can be on the dinner table in less than an hour, with this Instant Pot Turkey Breast with Gravy recipe. This instant pot recipe is so healthy, quick, and delicious, we enjoy it anytime of year. 
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 40 mins
Servings: 8 -10


For the Turkey Breast:

  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp ground paprika
  • 2 tsp freshly chopped rosemary
  • 2 tsp freshly chopped thyme
  • 2 cups good quality chicken broth
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • whole 1 onion, peeled and quartered
  • 2 stalks celery, quartered
  • 2 large carrots, quartered
  • Whole turkey breast, about 7lbs (bone-in)
  • For the Gravy: 2 TB cornstarch 2 TB water


  • In a bowl, mix together the olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic and onion powders, paprika, and chopped herbs. Set aside. Place rack trivet into Instant Pot (rack comes with the IP.) Add broth, garlic cloves, onion, celery, and carrots into the pot. Set aside.
  • Use paper towels to thoroughly dry excess moisture off of the turkey breast inside and out. Be sure to remove and discard gravy packet from turkey if there is one. Use clean hands to evenly press half of the olive oil mixture evenly underneath the skin throughout. Evenly press remaining mixture over the skin and all around. Place turkey into Instant Pot. Cook for 30 minutes on high pressure, according to manufacturer instructions.
  • Once the 30 minutes is up, be sure to press cancel on pressure cooker and allow your IP to release naturally. It should take about 15-20 minutes. Once natural release is done, transfer turkey to a cutting board and tent with foil to keep warm.* Use slotted spoon to remove most of the veggies from the liquid in your Instant Pot and discard.
  • Make Gravy: Combine cornstarch with water and stir until fully dissolved. Turn Instant Pot on to Sauté mode, with lid off, bringing liquid to a boil. Once it starts boiling, immediately add the dissolved cornstarch and stir until liquid becomes thicker, with gravy consistency. This should happen fairly quickly. Turn Instant Pot off and serve gravy with turkey.


*If you want the turkey skin to be browned, place turkey on a baking sheet, on the upper rack of oven. Turn to high broil and watch carefully. Remove turkey once desired level of browning has occured.
Course: Main, poultry
Cuisine: American
Method: pressure cooker

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    This is so perfect! Stick our Thanksgiving turkey in the crockpot and not have to worry about it! Love the idea.

    • Nancie
    • 5 stars

    I use my instapot a lot to cook whole chickens, and it does a great job. I’ll be trying the turkey breast with gravy soon. I’ve saved this to my Pocket.

    • Bindu Thomas

    This looks heavenly delicious! Thanks so much for sharing. I will be try it soon.

    • hazl
    • 5 stars

    I’ll tell my old man to follow this recipe using chicken breast. Oh I can’t wait! 🙂

      • chewoutloud

      It would be wonderful with a whole chicken, for sure!

    • p

    Oh, I am badly craving for this! This is so good, this will be a huge hit! This would disappear in no time at our house!

      • chewoutloud

      It totally disappears in a jiffy here at our place!

    • Karla

    What a timely post! The holidays are coming and now I may actually try to cook a turkey. This doesn’t seem too bad.

      • chewoutloud

      Karla, this turkey recipe will for sure erase any fears about making a turkey! It’s just the breast, which is way more manageable. And no oven mess 🙂

    • Jasmine – LoveLifeLaughMotherhood

    i still havent gotten around to getting an instant pot. maybe I should just for this!

      • chewoutloud

      Once you start using your Instant Pot, it will be hard to ever go back again! It’s so easy and handy!

    • Tiffany La Forge-Grau

    Oh yeah! I love the Turkey recipes for Instant Pot. This one looks so delicious!

      • chewoutloud

      Me too, Tiffany. I love love turkey in the IP! 🙂

    • maartjevansandwijk

    I’m vegan so don’t actually eat turkey but this looks really good! Sending it to my mum for christmas 🙂

      • chewoutloud

      Thanks for sharing the recipe! 🙂

    • Rylla

    I am going to tell my husband , when he is done playing video games, that he gets to cook this lol he is a chef and likes making new food. I think this is perfect for all those who live in the states (i love in norway)

      • chewoutloud

      So fun that he likes making new foods! Oh, and I can’t wait to visit Norway soon. Was in Germany this past spring and really enjoyed it. Happy cooking!

    • Hello BoundforSomewhere

    Ohhh this looks so so good! I could just live that opening image from the screen and tuck in immediately!

      • chewoutloud

      Thanks so much, glad you like it! 🙂

    • GiGi Eats Celebrities

    THIS LOOKS HEAVENLY!!!!! When my husband comes back from his trip, I 100000% want to make a turkey with him!

      • chewoutloud

      Hahaha, LOVE how you’re volunteering Hubby to make the bird!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

    • Emily Leary
    • 5 stars

    I love my Instant Pot and this meal looks so delicious – perfect for Sunday lunch, especially with garlic and herb roasted potatoes!

      • chewoutloud

      OMG, I totally get sucked in with my Instant Pot and start making everything in it! 🙂

    • Sue-Tanya Mchorgh

    I don’t eat turkey alot but this looks like a great recipe to try whenever i am feeling in the mood for Turkey.

    • crazycharizma

    Such a yummy recipe. This will be great for Thanksgiving!

      • chewoutloud

      It’s perfect for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and honestly anytime I just want a turkey breast for the family to enjoy for the week!

    • Chad

    This looks seriously delicious and it is not that hard to cook. I will give it a shot.

      • chewoutloud

      Chad, you’re right – super easy! Not hard at all 🙂

    • Catherine shane

    This turkey recipe looks delicious and a perfect this coming christmas.

      • chewoutloud

      We always do turkey and another roast – so this definitely frees up the oven!

    • Joy

    Oh yum! That is a perfect holiday recipe. Thanks so much for sharing. I will be trying it out during Thanksgiving.

      • chewoutloud

      Super great for holidays when the oven is already being used for so many things! Perfect for white-meat lovers as well 🙂

    • incalexandra

    I love turkey, and this recipe just looks delicious! I will definitely give this a try soon. Thanks for sharing 🙂

      • chewoutloud

      I totally could eat turkey every day, I think! Hope you guys love this one!

    • Explorethe6

    I stopped eating meat a few years ago but this is great for anyone who does love Turkey and will be serving it this Thanksgiving 🙂

      • chewoutloud

      It’s definitely super easy for Thanksgiving, without having to use your oven!

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