Instant Pot Turkey Breast Recipe (2024)

The Instant Pot is all the rage these days and for good reason! With this recipe, you can make this deliciously juicy, and flavorful Instant Pot Turkey Breast in no time!

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Thanksgiving is coming quickly! We have already shared how to cook a Thanksgiving turkey, but maybe you don’t need a whole turkey or don’t need to feed a ton of people! Let’s talk about how to cook turkey breast in the Instant Pot.

Pressure cooker turkey breast is one of the fastest ways to cook a turkey breast, as well as capture and enhance the flavor of the turkey. By using the pressure cooker you will be able to get the flavor of roasting a turkey in less than half the time.

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  • Slow Cooker Thanksgiving Turkey
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What Instant Pot do I use?

I have the Instant Pot LUX 6 Quart 6-in-1 Programmable Pressure Cooker. It’s basically 6 appliances in 1 – pressure cooker, rice cooker, saute, steamer, cake maker, and warmer.

It’s amazing, probably one of the best investments I’ve made in a while.

How long do you cook poultry in the Instant Pot?

The general rule of thumb for cooking poultry in the Instant Pot is 6 minutes per pound with a 10 minute NPR (Natural Pressure Release).

  • 4 lb Turkey or Turkey Breast = 24 minutes + 10 minutes NPR
  • 8 lb Turkey or Turkey Breast = 48 minutes + 10 minutes NPR
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What do I need for the turkey breast recipe?


  1. Turkey breast
  2. Olive oil
  3. Smoked paprika (you can find it here)
  4. Italian seasoning
  5. Salt
  6. Pepper
  7. Garlic
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Time to get cooking your Instant Pot Thanksgiving turkey!

Start by drizzling the olive oil all over the turkey breast and rub it in very well. Next, take the smoked paprika, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, and garlic measure them out and place them in a small bowl and mix everything together.

Then, take the spice mixture and rub it all over the whole turkey breast. Making sure it’s covered evenly to distribute the flavor.

In the bottom of the Instant Pot, place the trivet (the wire rack that comes with the Instant Pot) with the handles up. Afterward, pour a ½ cup of water into the bottom of the Instant Pot.

Once the Instant Pot is set up, put the seasoned turkey breast into the trivet. Continue by placing the lid on top, be sure close it by turning it all the way as the Instant Pot will not turn on if it’s not secure.

To start the cooking process, press the MANUAL (or PRESSURE COOK) button and set the timer to 25 minutes. It will not start right away. Once it is fully pressurized the 25 minutes will show up on the digital screen.

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After the 25 minutes is up and the Instant Pot cycle is complete, let the Instant Pot do a natural release. The natural release takes anywhere from 10-15 minutes. You will know it’s done when you hear the pin drop.

Now you can carefully unlock and remove the lid from the Instant Pot.

Next, lift the trivet out of the Instant Pot by grabbing the handles and transfer the turkey breast to a cutting board. Make sure to cover the turkey completely with aluminum foil and let the turkey rest for 10 to 15 minutes before cutting into it.

If you enjoy a crispier skin then throw the turkey in the broiler for about 5-10 minutes depending on how crispy you want it.

Then just cut it into slices and serve it with your favorite sides.

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Serves: 4

Instant Pot Turkey Breast Recipe

5 from 1 vote

The Instant Pot is all the rage these days and for good reason! With this recipe, you can make this deliciously juicy, and flavorful Instant Pot Turkey Breast in no time!

Prep Time 10 minutes mins

Cook Time 25 minutes mins

Pressurize Time 25 minutes mins

Total Time 1 hour hr



  • 4 lbs turkey breast thawed
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 Tablespoons Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • ½ cup water


  • Drizzle 1 Tablespoon of olive oil all over the turkey breast and rub it in.

  • In a small bowl, combine the spices.

  • Rub the spice mixture all over the outside of the turkey breast.

  • Add the trivet (wire rack that came with your Instant Pot) into the bottom of the pot. Pour 1/2 cup of water into the pot. Place the turkey on top of the trivet.

  • Close the lid and push MANUAL (or PRESSURE COOK) and set the timer to 25 minutes.

  • Once the Instant Pot cycle is complete, let the pot do a natural release cycle (should take about 10 to 15 minutes – you will hear the pin drop when the pressure has naturally released).

  • Carefully unlock and remove the lid from the Instant Pot.

  • Transfer the turkey breast to a cutting board, cover completely with aluminum foil and let it rest for 10 to 15 minutes before cutting into it.

  • If crispier skin is desired, broil it in the oven for an additional 5-10 minutes.

  • Cut turkey into slices and serve.



The general rule of thumb for cooking poultry in the Instant Pot is 6 minutes per pound with a 10 minute NPR (Natural Pressure Release).

  • 4 lb Turkey or Turkey Breast = 24 minutes + 10 minutes NPR
  • 8 lb Turkey or Turkey Breast = 48 minutes + 10 minutes NPR


Calories: 502 kcal · Carbohydrates: 3 g · Protein: 98 g · Fat: 11 g · Saturated Fat: 2 g · Cholesterol: 245 mg · Sodium: 1519 mg · Potassium: 1167 mg · Fiber: 1 g · Sugar: 1 g · Vitamin A: 974 IU · Vitamin C: 1 mg · Calcium: 95 mg · Iron: 3 mg


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Recipe Details

Course: Main Course

Cuisine: American

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  1. Adrienne says:

    Have you ever cooked a frozen turkey breast in the Instant Pot? Do you have any instructions for that? TIA!

  2. Carol says:

    Just 1/2 cup of water? I thought you always needed at least a whole cup...Just checking before I try this :)

  3. Kim Bishop says:

    I’m also curious if you can do the frozen turkey breast too? I have a 6lb JennyO

  4. Cyd says:

    We added 1/2 cup to the instant pot turkey breast.

  5. Tamara Dungan says:

    In the YouTube video for this recipe, you didn’t mention using the trivet...Does it matter if you use it or not?

  6. Shawna says:

    How can bone-in Turkey breast be used?

  7. Kim Harding says:

    I have an electric pressure cooker not an instant pot. Do I choose low pressure or high pressure?

  8. Jenn F says:

    Can I put two 3 lb breasts in the instant pot together? They might have to stack on top of each other. Would that change the cook time?

  9. Momma Cyd says:

    You want to try and not stack them if possible.

  10. Sandy says:

    Will there be enough juice to make gravy?

  11. Momma Cyd says:

    Yes, there was over 3 cups of juice to make gravy.

  12. Linda says:

    Hi. Can I use chicken broth instead of water?

  13. Momma Cyd says:

    Yes, you can definitely use chicken broth instead of water!!

  14. Kristina says:

    Would the cool time need to be adjusted for a bone in turkey? I’m wanting to make this for Christmas but have never made it in a pressure cooker before. Actually, this will be my first turkey ever!!!!

  15. Kristina says:

    Sorry, I meant to say cook time not cool time. Auto correct won again! Lol

  16. Momma Cyd says:

    It should be the same. Best of luck with your turkey.

  17. Jinny R. says:

    I see other people have asked about doing a frozen turkey breast, but no reply. So I am going to ask again. Can you do a frozen turkey breast and if so, how do I adjust the time. It may be partially thawed by the time I want to start it.

  18. Momma Cyd says:

    COOKING TIME FOR INSTANT POT TURKEY BREAST USING FROZEN MEAT:3 pounds turkey breast = 39 minutes cooking time on High Pressure with a 15 minutes Natural Pressure Release3.5 pounds turkey breast = 46 minutes cooking time on High Pressure with a 15 minutes Natural Pressure Release4 pounds turkey breast = 52 minutes cooking time on High Pressure with a 15 minutes Natural Pressure Release4.5 pounds turkey breast = 60 minutes cooking time on High Pressure with a 15 minutes Natural Pressure Release5 pounds turkey breast = 65 minutes cooking time on High Pressure with a 15 minutes Natural Pressure Release

  19. Kim Anne says:

    The paprika was overpowering . Would leave that out. I did a 3# turkey roast.

  20. Monica says:

    I was wondering the same thing.

  21. Kathy Richard says:

    I loved this recipe! I was in charge of cooking the turkey for Thanksgiving and was cooking for family I had not seen in a while. I didn't want a dry turkey breast and this recipe didn't let me down. Thank you for making it so easy.

  22. Momma Cyd says:

    We are so happy that it worked for you! It's an easy way to cook a moist and tender turkey breast.

  23. Jill says:

    Tried this this week and it was awesome!!

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  24. Momma Cyd says:

    Hi Jill, so glad you liked the IP Turkey Breast. It's so easy and delicious.

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Is Instant Pot big enough for turkey? ›

A 6 lb turkey or turkey breast should fit into a 6 qt Instant Pot. For 7 lb turkey or breasts, use an 8 qt. Instant Pot (paid link). You don't have to brine but it makes the turkey taste so much better.

Does cooking a turkey breast down make it more moist? ›

Cooking a turkey upside down allows the juices to trickle down during the roasting process for extra moist and juicy breast meat. Plus, since the dark meat is closer to the heat source, it cooks faster than it does with the traditional method. It's a win-win!

Does a turkey breast cook faster than a turkey? ›

How long does it take to roast a turkey breast? It's way faster than a whole bird!! A turkey breast takes about 90 minutes to 2 hours and takes up less space in your oven!

When cooking a turkey do you cook the breast up or breast down? ›

It's personal preference whether you choose to cook a turkey breast-side up or breast-side down. The United States Department of Agriculture advises to cook a whole turkey breast side up during the entire cooking time.

How many minutes per pound of turkey? ›

As a general rule of thumb, plan on about 20 minutes of cooking time per pound of turkey. An 8- to 12-pound unstuffed turkey typically takes 2 3/4 to 3 hours to roast in a 325 degrees F oven.

How long does it take to cook a 13.5 pound turkey? ›

To cook, set your oven to 325°F and roast for 3½ to 4 hours for a 12- to 14-pound bird. Most important, pay attention to the internal temperature. It's important to note that the nature of some heritage breeds yield flesh and bone that may still have a pinkish hue, even when fully cooked.

What is the best temperature for moist turkey breast? ›

In general, you'll want to cook a bone-in turkey breast for about 20 minutes per pound at 350 degrees F (177 degrees C), or until it reaches a minimum internal temperature of 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).

Should a turkey breast be cooked covered or uncovered? ›

To achieve a perfectly golden, juicy turkey, let the bird spend time both covered and uncovered in the oven. We recommend covering your bird for most of the cooking time to prevent it from drying out; then, during the last 30 minutes or so of cooking, remove the cover so the skin crisps in the hot oven.

What is the best temperature for a moist turkey? ›

The Right Way to Take the Temperature of Your Turkey

The government recommends cooking turkey breast to 165°F (74°C). I prefer my turkey breast at 150°F (66°F), at which point it is far, far juicier (especially if you dry brine it!).

How many will a 7 lb turkey breast feed? ›

How Much Turkey Breast to Buy. One (3-pound) half-breast will feed two to four people. A whole (six- to seven-pound) turkey breast (two breasts, still joined at the breast bone) will feed six to eight people. This method will work for either amount of meat.

How do you tell if a turkey breast is cooked through? ›

The Fork Method

To find out if your turkey is done without a thermometer, pierce the mid-thigh muscle with a fork, explains Johnson. "When the juices run clear, and no longer reddish or pink in color, it's a good indication that your turkey is done."

Why is my turkey breast meat tough? ›

If a turkey is cooked too long, the muscle proteins coagulate within the meat and cause dryness. In all of our research, we learned that moisture is the most important piece behind cooking the perfect turkey. It's also the most challenging.

Why cook turkey breast side down? ›

Breast Side Down. The main difference between how my mother makes her turkey and everyone else is to cook it breast side down. By cooking the turkey this way, the juices from the cooking turkey fall into the breast while the turkey cooks, resulting in the most succulent breast imaginable.

What to season turkey with? ›

Stick with salt and pepper, put herbs like rosemary, thyme, and sage to work, or take spicy Cajun seasoning for a spin for some kick. Whatever blend you choose, spread it all over the turkey—on top, underneath, between the body and wings and legs, under the skin, and even in the cavity of the bird.

What happens when you cook a turkey breast down? ›

The idea is that by roasting your bird breast side down, it's further away from the heat source and the juices from the dark meat can trickle down to the white meat, resulting in juicier white meat that won't dry out. Then you flip the turkey right side up so the skin on the breast can crisp up in the oven.

Is it better to cook a turkey at 325 or 350? ›

It's better to cook a turkey at 350°F after preheating the oven to 450°F. This makes the skin crispier and ensures the turkey will get cooked evenly.

How do you keep turkey meat moist? ›

To keep the turkey moist, add a little broth or water and cover. Cover your food and rotate it for even heating.

Should I cook turkey at high temperature then lower? ›

For grilled turkey, follow the same general premise of roasting. This means you'll start at a hot temperature for a good sear, such as 425 degrees Fahrenheit, then move to lower (indirect) heat to cook the bird the rest of the way through.


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