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Instant Pot Turkey recipe

This Instant Pot Turkey recipe cooks in just one hour and is as flavorful and delicious as any turkey cooked in the oven!
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Course: dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Instant Pot Turkey
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Servings: 8
Author: Rachel Quenzer


  • Pressure Cooker


Turkey Ingredients

  • 1 7 lb. turkey or turkey breast
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 large carrots, sliced
  • 2 celery stalks, sliced
  • 3 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • Dry Spice Rub
  • Fresh Herb Rub

Fresh Herb Rub

  • 1 Tbsp. fresh Rosemary, minced
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh Oregano, packed
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. fresh chives, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh sage, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh thyme leaves

Turkey Dry Spice Rub

  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 1 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. onion powder

Gravy from Turkey Drippings

  • 1 cup Turkey drippings with the vegetables strained out
  • 2-3 Tbsp. of flour Add two at first and add the third if necessary.
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste. Don't skip the salt!


  • Add onions to the bottom of the Instant pot and then add the Instant pot rack and chicken broth.
  • Add the thawed and washed turkey to the Instant Pot. Remember to remove the gravy packet inside.
  • Using your hands or a basting brush, rub the turkey with the olive oil all over.
  • Mix the dry spice run in a small bowl and then rub the turkey with the spice rub.
  • Mix the fresh herbs and then pat the fresh herbs onto the turkey. Patting is important so you don't removed the dry rub.
  • Add the carrots, celery and additional onions around the turkey.
  • Add the lid to the Instant Pot and make sure it's in the closed position. Then make sure the valve is set to "sealing".
  • Set the timer manually to 40 minutes on hight pressure.
  • When time has completed, let the Instant Pot pressure release naturally. Give it about 10 minutes and then you can release whatever pressure is left by turning the valve.
  • Carefully open the lid away from your face.
  • Check the turkey with a digital timer to make sure it's done. The temperature should be at least 165 at the thickest part of the breast.
  • Using two large forks, carefully remove the turkey from the Instant Pot and add it to a baking pan or a baking sheet.
  • Broil the turkey for a few minutes to get the skin crispy. Watch the turkey the entire time to make sure you don't burn the skin.
  • You can make a gravy out of the turkey drippings by staining out the vegetables. Use 1 cup of the broth. Add them back to the Instant Pot or to a pan on the stove and season with salt and pepper to taste. Add 2-3 tablespoons of flour until the sauce begins to thicken.