Instant Pot: Turkey Breast

This year Thanksgiving is going to feel a bit different... namely because it will just be our immediate household around the table. So we're opting for a much simpler Thanksgiving dinner, starting with a smaller feast compared to what we usually do. Instead of the full turkey, we're making turkey breast instead. And instead of using our oven, we're preparing it in our Instant Pot! 

Using the Instant Pot makes it easy and the cooking time is 30 minutes! If you haven't tried making a turkey breast in our instant pot, this may be the year to give it a go...

Instant Pot: Turkey Breast


Serves: 5-6

Prep Time: 10-15 minutes

Cook Time 30 minutes



7lb Turkey Breast that fits in your Instant Pot

1 stick (½ cup) unsalted butter, softened

2 teaspoons fresh rosemary or 1 teaspoon dried rosemary

2 teaspoons fresh sage or 1 teaspoon dried sage

2 teaspoons fresh thyme or 1 teaspoon dried thyme

1 teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon black pepper

2 cups turkey or chicken broth

1 medium onions, chopped

3-4 stalks celery, chopped



1. Clean and wash turkey breast, pat dry.

2. In a small bowl, combine the salt, pepper and herbs.

3. Rub butter completely over turkey and sprinkle seasonings over turkey.

4. Add turkey or chicken broth to Instant Pot and place trivet inside. Clean and cut onions and celery and add to pot.

5. Place turkey breast side up into pot on top of trivet. Seal the lid and set to Manual High Pressure for 30-35 minutes. When timer goes off, naturally release pressure and do not touch the release valve. The Instant Pot will release the pressure within 15-20 minutes and will allow you to open it carefully and safely after all pressure has been released.

6. Carefully open the lid. Remove turkey and place on cutting board.


  1. What do you mean by "When timer goes off, carefully naturally release pressure."??
    Do mean a quick release??

    1. After the Instant Pot has cooked the set time (30-35 minutes), allow the instant pot to naturally release pressure... meaning do not touch the instant pot until it allows you to open it safely (aka naturally release pressure). Quick release is when you move the top of the valve to immediate release the pressure so you can open it. This is opposite of that where you let the instant pot release pressure naturally and will take anywhere between 15-20 minutes.

  2. How did you get the sliced turkey on the plate so nicely browned? Broiler? Or something brushed on the breast?