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Instant Pot Turkey Breast with pan juices

Instant Pot Turkey Breast

This easy recipe makes a juicy, flavorful turkey breast in a flash! A great way to enjoy turkey all year long.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword instant pot turkey breast, turkey breast recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 60 kcal
Author Toni Dash


For the turkey

  • 1 3-pound boneless turkey breast
  • 4 tablespoons softened butter
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cups chicken or turkey broth


  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon water


How to Prepare the Turkey:

  1. Remove all packaging from the turkey including gravy packet and wash well. Make sure to leave the netting on.
  2. In a small bowl, combine softened butter, smoked paprika, rosemary, thyme, garlic powder, salt, and pepper and use a fork to mix until all ingredients are combined into a rub.
  3. Using a clean hand or utensil, rub the butter mixture all over the turkey breast.

How to Cook the Turkey:

  1. Preheat a large heavy skillet to medium-high heat. Place the turkey in the pan and leave for 2-3 minutes or until the skin is golden brown. Repeat on all sides.

  2. Pour 2 cups broth into the Instant Pot and place in the trivet.
  3. Place the turkey breast on top of the trivet and secure the lid.

  4. Set the Instant Pot on HIGH PRESSURE for 30 minutes.

  5. When cooking is complete, allow to naturally release for about 5 minutes then manually release the remaining pressure.

  6. Carefully remove the turkey from the Instant Pot and remove the netting.

To Crisp the Turkey Skin:

  1. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil and spray with non-stick spray. Heat the broiler in the oven.

  2. Place the turkey breast on the prepared pan and into the oven 4-inches below the broiler. Allow the skin to crisp for 1 1/2-2 minutes a side. Turn the turkey breast with tongs to brown on all sides. NOTE: watch closely so the skin does not burn.

How to prepare gravy:

  1. Once you have removed the turkey and trivet from your instant pot leaving only the drippings and broth, turn on the “sauté” function.
  2. Combine the water and cornstarch in a small bowl and whisk to combine and make a slurry.
  3. Add the cornstarch slurry into the liquid and whisk often for about 5-6 minutes until thickened. NOTE; will continue to thicken as it sits after cooking.

  4. Serve over turkey and enjoy!

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Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Turkey Breast
Amount Per Serving
Calories 60 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 4g20%
Cholesterol 15mg5%
Sodium 702mg29%
Potassium 57mg2%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 310IU6%
Vitamin C 5mg6%
Calcium 5mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.