This Instant Pot Turkey Breast is the easiest way to cook turkey, and it essentially makes the gravy at the same time! This is the perfect no-fuss holiday recipe that is gluten-free, paleo, and Whole30.

whole turkey breast on a plate with gravy

Thanksgiving Instant Pot

I set myself a challenge this year to make every Thanksgiving recipe I can in the Instant Pot! Doesn’t that sound like a fun challenge? I mean, who can argue with one pot meals that free up the oven and make for easy clean up? That sounds like a dream to me!

So far, these are the other Thanksgiving Instant Pot recipes I’ve made:

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Recipe Ingredients

Today, I present you with my Instant Pot Turkey Breast with Built-in Gravy. This recipe is perfect for smaller gatherings, up to four people. After all, the meal is more about the side dishes and desserts than just the turkey, am I right?

turkey breast ingredients on a cookie sheet

You do need to be careful and not get too big of a turkey breast, otherwise it won’t fit in the Instant Pot. I used a 6-quart Instant Pot, and a bone-in turkey breast weighing 2.75 pounds just fit in the pot. 

And, if you have a boneless turkey breast you want to cook in the pressure cooker, you can see my recipe for that.

turkey breast in instant pot ready to be cooked

The broth will become your gravy with a few additional steps later on in the cooking process, so be sure to choose a quality broth. There are some amazing brands in the refrigerator sections of natural food stores, so I suggest looking there, as opposed to a shelf-stable variety.

How to Make Herbed Ghee

I rubbed the outside of the turkey breast with an herbed ghee I made simply by mixing together room temperature ghee with my favorite herb blend. Some people suggest rubbing the herb blend under the skin, but I get too grossed out to do that. Just being real, you do whatever you want.

Recipe Steps 

  1. Add the broth to the base of a 6-quart of 8-quart Instant Pot pressure cooker. Place the metal trivet on top. Next, add the turkey breast on top of the trivet.
  2. Use your hands or a spoon to spread the ghee or butter on top. Sprinkle on the dried herb seasoning. Lock on the lid and push the button for pressure cooking. Set the time to 40 minutes.
  3. Once the cooking time is complete, let the pressure come down naturally or use the quick-release method. Use tongs to carefully remove the turkey breast to a serving platter.

cooked turkey breast in instant pot

How to Make Gravy 

  1. To make the Instant Pot gravy, you need to strain the broth left in the pot. Use a clean stainless colander to strain the gravy.
  2. Then, pour the strained gravy back into the Instant Pot and push the button for sauté.
  3. Once the gravy is simmering, add the arrowroot powder and use a whisk to combine. Keep whisking the gravy for a few minutes until the flour has dissolved. Let the pot simmer for about 10 minutes to thicken the gravy.
  4. Pour the gravy into a serving bowl and serve alongside the turkey.

instant pot gravy

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sliced turkey breast on a plate with gravy

Here’s the printable recipe:

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sliced turkey on a plate ready to serve

Instant Pot Turkey Breast and Easy Gravy


  • Author: Carrie Forrest, MPH in Nutrition
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

Here’s how to make a turkey breast and gravy in the Instant Pot.


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Ingredients

  • 2 cups turkey, chicken, or beef broth
  • 1 2.75 pound bone-in turkey breast
  • 2 tablespoons ghee or butter
  • 1 teaspoon dried herbs
  • 1 fresh rosemary sprig
  • 2 tablespoons arrowroot powder

Instructions

  1. Add the broth to the base of a 6-quart of 8-quart Instant Pot pressure cooker. Place the metal trivet on top.
  2. Next, add the turkey breast on top of the trivet.
  3. Use your hands or a spoon to spread the ghee or butter on top. Sprinkle on the dried herb seasoning.
  4. Lock on the lid and push the button for pressure cooking. Set the time to 40 minutes.
  5. Once the cooking time is complete, let the pressure come down naturally or use the quick-release method.
  6. Use tongs to carefully remove the turkey breast to a serving platter.
  7. To make the gravy, you need to strain the broth left in the pot. Use a clean stainless colander to strain the gravy.
  8. Then, pour the strained gravy back into the Instant Pot and push the button for sauté. Once the gravy is simmering, add the arrowroot powder and use a whisk to combine.
  9. Keep whisking the gravy for a few minutes until the flour has dissolved. Let the pot simmer for about 10 minutes to thicken the gravy.
  10. Pour the gravy into a serving bowl and serve alongside the turkey.

  • Category: Main dish
  • Method: Instant Pot pressure cooker
  • Cuisine: Healthy

Keywords: how to cook turkey in the instant pot, instant pot turkey breast, pressure cooker turkey

 

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