Instant Pot Turkey Breast – Fresh or Frozen [Video]

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Instant Pot Turkey Breast turns out tender and is incredibly easy to make. You can make this time-saving recipe using fresh or frozen turkey breast.

Instant Pot recipes can save you so much time, I love that you can cook Frozen Chicken Breasts, Frozen Chicken Wings, Frozen Beef or even an entire Frozen Whole Chicken. Now, we are bringing you and recipe for Instant Pot Turkey Breast that you can also cook from either fresh or frozen.

The Best Instant Pot Turkey Breast

One of the easiest ways to cook turkey breast is by using your Instant Pot. The best part of this recipe is that you don’t have to thaw the turkey breast. Imagine how annoying it is when you planned to cook a turkey breast for dinner, but forgot to thaw it. No more problems like this, with this recipe you can easily cook a fresh or frozen turkey breast in your pressure cooker.

The turkey turns out juicy and moist and yes, I don’t have an issue using that word. If your oven is busy and you don’t want to cook an entire turkey for Thanksgiving, this Instant Pot version is perfect for you. Finish it under the broiler for a few minutes to get the skin crispy and golden brown.

WHY COOK TURKEY BREAST IN THE INSTANT POT?

Cooking turkey breasts in the pressure cooker is a great idea. First, you can cook a fresh or frozen turkey breast, bonus points for that. The meat ends up being very moist and tender, just like it has been slow-roasted for hours. Also, you can’t beat the convenience of being able to cook a frozen turkey breast in just under 2 hours, it takes way longer to defrost it.

WHAT DO YOU NEED TO MAKE INSTANT POT TURKEY BREAST

HOW DO YOU COOK TURKEY BREAST IN THE INSTANT POT?

Making Instant Pot Turkey Breast is very easy and it involves just a few steps, you can also make this in any other electric pressure cooker:

  1. All you have to do is add either fresh or frozen turkey breast to the Instant Pot, add water and cook on High Pressure per recipe directions.
  2. Release pressure, remove turkey breast from the pressure cooker and brush with melted butter mixed with your favorite seasoning.
  3. Broil, checking often so it doesn’t burn.

How long to cook turkey breast in instant pot?

COOKING TIME FOR INSTANT POT TURKEY BREAST USING FRESH/THAWED MEAT:

  • 3 pounds turkey breast = 20 minutes cooking time on High Pressure with a 15 minutes Natural Pressure Release
  • 3.5 pounds turkey breast = 23 minutes cooking time on High Pressure with a 15 minutes Natural Pressure Release
  • 4 pounds turkey breast = 25 minutes cooking time on High Pressure with a 15 minutes Natural Pressure Release
  • 4.5 pounds turkey breast = 28 minutes cooking time on High Pressure with a 15 minutes Natural Pressure Release
  • 5 pounds turkey breast = 33 minutes cooking time on High Pressure with a 15 minutes Natural Pressure Release

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 Release
  • 3.5 pounds turkey breast = 46 minutes cooking time on High Pressure with a 15 minutes Natural Pressure Release
  • 4 pounds turkey breast = 52 minutes cooking time on High Pressure with a 15 minutes Natural Pressure Release
  • 4.5 pounds turkey breast = 60 minutes cooking time on High Pressure with a 15 minutes Natural Pressure Release
  • 5 pounds turkey breast = 65 minutes cooking time on High Pressure with a 15 minutes Natural Pressure Release

WHAT TO SERVE INSTANT POT TURKEY BREAST WITH:

What to do with leftover turkey?

Leftover turkey doesn’t have to go to waste, it can be added to many delicious recipes, you can replace the chicken with turkey in this delicious Chicken Spaghetti Casserole or Crack Chicken Casserole. You can also add it to salads, wraps, and sandwiches.

WHAT IS A NATURAL PRESSURE RELEASE?

A Natural Pressure Release means that the pressure is released gradually. For a Natural Pressure Release, you click on Keep Warm, and wait 10-15 minutes (or based on what the recipe says), after which you open the valve and let any leftover pressure to release.

Another option is to Turn Off/Unplug the pressure cooker, wait 10-15 minutes (or based on what the recipe says) and after that open the valve. A natural release is usually used when cooking soups, meat in a large amount of sauce, pasta or steel cut oats. This method prevents any foam from the dish to shoot out through the valve, which can happen during a Quick Pressure Release.

Other great Thanksgiving recipes:

Easy Instant Pot Turkey Breast

Instant Pot Turkey Breast turns out tender and is incredibly easy to make. You can make this time saving recipe using fresh or frozen turkey breast.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Natural Pressure Release: 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 259kcal
Author: Catalina Castravet

Ingredients

  • 1 4.5-5 pounds turkey breast (fresh or frozen, bone-in turkey breast)
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth (or water)
  • 6 tablespoons butter (room temperature or use olive oil)

Buttery Mixture for Broiling:

  • 1/2 cup butter (unsalted)
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon thyme powder
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

Instructions

  • Remove giblets from turkey breast if present.
  • If cooking a fresh turkey breast, gently loosen the skin from the turkey breast, lifting it from the meat with your fingers and rub about 3 tablespoons of butter (or olive oil) under it. You can also add some seasoning.
  • Rub the remaining 3 tablespoons of butter (or olive oil) all over the turkey breast surface. You can also add some seasoning if desired. You can add thyme, rosemary, salt and pepper.

Cook:

  • Add a trivet with handles to the Instant Pot and add the chicken broth. Place either the fresh or frozen turkey breast (thicker side down) on top of it.
  • Cover with the lid and lock it, point valve to sealed.
  • Press High Pressure and set the timer to 33 minutes for fresh turkey breast and for 65 minutes for frozen. See the blog post for cooking times based on turkey breast weight and if using fresh or frozen chicken.
  • After the cooking time is done and the Instant Pot beeps, let the pressure naturally release for 15 minutes, followed by a quick release of the remaining pressure.
  • Using a food thermometer, check the internal temperature in the thickest part of the breast, it should be a minimum of 165 degrees F. If needed, pressure cook for 5-10 more minutes.
  • Turn on the Oven Broiler.

Buttery Mixture for Broiling:

  • Melt butter and mix with the rest of the ingredients.

Broil:

  • Open the Instant Pot lid and remove the turkey breast from the pot and place it on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil and drizzled with olive oil.
  • Brush the turkey breast with the Buttery Mixture and place under the broiler for about 5-8 minutes for extra crispy skin.
  • Watch it closely, and if needed rotate the pan, so it doesn't burn. If needed brush more with the sauce from the pan. Broil until skin is golden-brown and crispy.
  • Serve and enjoy!

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Nutrition

Calories: 259kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 0g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 915mg | Potassium: 76mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1175IU | Vitamin C: 4.1mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 0.2mg
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Cinde

Hello, Thank you for the recipe.How do you remove the giblets prior to cooking if using a frozen turkey breast?

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You won't be able to remove them, unless you try to run the cavity under warm water for a while to loosen it, you can do that or remove before broiling.

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I'm having a hard time thinking about keeping the giblets inside while cooking from frozen.  Does this do anything to the turkey or the flavor?  I also can not broil in my oven. Will it be OK to skip this step? Thanks very much.

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run the turkey under warm water, specifically were the giblets are and remove them. To answer your second question, you do need a broil do make the skin crispy and golden brown. If you don't care about that part, you can skip it. But keep in mind, cooking a frozen turkey is not too flavorful, so if you skip the broiling where you can add more flavor, it wont be as good.

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Reesa Lewandowski

This is a great idea for Thanksgiving when you need a little bit more meat! I would love to try!

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Lisa Joy Thompson

I love cooking turkey and try to roast one once a month, but this recipe could make my life a whole lot easier. A turkey breast that hardly takes any time to cook? Yes please!!!

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Minda

Nice recipe We tried it yesterday and quite loved it. Also, we tried your chicken one and was delicious! 

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Hi - I am very happy that you loved both, thank you for the feedback!

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JG

This recipe looks AMAZING!!! Do you think you could you do this with a boneless, stuffed turkey breast, like the one sold by Butterball? (see link here: https://www.butterball.ca/en/products/boneless-stuffed-turkey-breast-roast) I think it should work since you have to cook it from frozen, but just wondering if the lack of a bone and the stuffing will make a difference. I would still use the broiler to brown after it is done.

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You should be able to cook it, I don't see why not.

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Nancy

If the frozen turkey is 7 pounds, do I still cook for the same amount of time?

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No, that would be about 90 minutes.

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Cheryl Schnupp

This was SOOOO good!! And SOOO easy!! I had a 7.5# turkey breast (which I had to wrestle into my 6 qt Instant Pot, but I got it in there!!) that I partially defrosted in a sink full of water for maybe an hour. I only did so to get the gravy pouch that was stuffed in there, out. Cooked for 60 minutes, 15 minute NR and it was PERFECT! I added some shallots, poultry seasoning, rosemary, and salt in with my softened butter and shoved it under the skin before putting in the IP and never broiled in oven (just removed skin once I pulled it out of the IP). It was really tender, BUT it was registering pretty overcooked - like 195-200 in some spots. (but who cares, better over than under with poultry IMO). It was still tender and delicious! Next time I might go for 50 minutes with 15 min natural release. Thanks for the recipe!! :)

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Hi Cheryl, thank you for your feedback :) I am very happy that you enjoyed this recipe :)

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cherylwiers

Hi. Would the cooking time be the same for a pre-cooked, frozen turkey breast without bone in?

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Linda S.

IF your oven has both a high and low broil temp setting, which one would be best to use?

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the high one

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Jennifer

Thanks for this! It took forever to find you. All I needed was the time and liquid for frozen turkey breast so I can make soup!!!

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Hi Jennifer, thanks! ))

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Karen Kordich

Glad I watched the video, as you know this is a busy time of year and I miss read the instructions. The video is very short but well worth watching it. It’s less than 2 minutes, so take the time and watch it. I try watching any videos because sometimes we miss interpret what we are reading.

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Yes, this is the main reason we try to put a short video for every recipe we make, to better guide you through the process. Thank you for your feedback!

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Stephen Ryan

Mine is a bone-in breast, however I don't have a trivet for the instapot, what can I use instead?

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I would suggest investing in a trivet, you will use it many times with your IP.

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Nanny B

I have an 8 quart Duo Instant Pot, with 8.34 pound bone in turkey breast. Could you please advise how much liquid to use, cook time and natural release time? Thank you so very much!

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I would do 90 minutes cooking time on High Pressure with a 15 minutes Natural Pressure Release and two cups of liquid.

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Whitney

Which brand of turkey breast have people found works best? Pre-basted or not? Anxious to try this method this week for Thanksgiving!

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Both work well!

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Verna

I have a frozen turkey breast that is a little over 5 pounds , how long would I cook it for ? It’s 5.3 pounds Thanks

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65-70 minutes should work

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