Cook this Tender & Moist Instant Pot Turkey Breast Recipe (Pressure Cooker Turkey Breast) with rich homemade turkey gravy and buttery mashed potatoes. Makes a comforting one pot turkey dinner for your big Thanksgiving and Christmas feast!

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This year flew by so fast, and my favorite holidays – Thanksgiving and Christmas are just around the corner. Can you believe it?! 😀

Each Thanksgiving is a time to take a breather from the hustle bustle in life and ask ourselves:

How am I living?

What am I thankful for?

What have I been blessed with?

The holidays is not only a time to gather for the big Turkey feast with our loved ones, but also a time of reflection.

Life is unpredictable.

This year, we lost an old friend to the disgusting battle of cancer at the age of 32.

But we reunited with beloved families that lost contact for 20 years.

And we decided to take a leap of courage to reconcile with friends with misunderstandings.

We don’t know what will happen in the next hour, let alone tomorrow, next week, or next year…

Give thanks with a grateful heart.

Instant Pot Turkey Breast Recipe (Pressure Cooker Turkey Breast): how to cook tender and moist turkey dinner with homemade turkey gravy and mashed potatoes - one pot turkey dinner for Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.

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Brine or No Brine Instant Pot Turkey Breast


Instant Pot Turkey Breast Recipe (Pressure Cooker Turkey Breast): test wet brined and non-brined turkey breasts in Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker

The big question is: Is it really worthwhile to prep ahead and wet brine the Turkey Breasts?

We conducted tests cooking wet brine Turkey Breast vs. non-brine Turkey Breast in Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker to determine whether there are noticeable differences in texture & taste.

The answer: YES!

Brined Instant Pot Turkey Breasts is a clear winner being more juicy, tender, and flavorful.

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Ingredients for Instant Pot Turkey Breast


Instant Pot Turkey Breast Recipe (Pressure Cooker Turkey Breast) Ingredients

  • 1 (~2.7lbs or 1224g) bone-in turkey breast, 3” thick
  • 1 medium (197g) onion, diced
  • 3 (10g) garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 medium (112g) carrots, chopped
  • 1 stalk (92g) celery, chopped
  • 1 cup (250ml) unsalted chicken stock or unsalted turkey stock
  • 1 tablespoon (15ml) olive oil
  • A dash of sherry wine
  • 2 bay leaves
  • A pinch of dried rosemary
  • A pinch of dried thyme
  • A pinch of dried sage
  • Kosher salt & ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon honey + 1 ½ tablespoon light soy sauce
  • Thickener: 2 ½ tablespoons cornstarch + 3 tablespoons cold water
  • Wet Brine: 90 grams salt + 1500 ml cold running tap water or 120 grams salt + 2000 ml cold running tap water

Mashed Potatoes:

  • 4 – 5 (~2 ½lbs or 1100g) Yukon gold potatoes (or Russet potatoes), halved
  • 30 grams freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 100 ml milk or cream
  • 1 – 2 tablespoons (14g – 28g) unsalted butter
  • Kosher salt and ground black pepper to taste

How to Cook Instant Pot Turkey Breast


Step 1
Wet Brine for Moist Turkey

Ingredients & Tool

90 grams salt + 1500 ml cold running tap water (or 120 grams salt + 2000 ml cold running tap water)
1 (~2.7lbs/1224g) bone-in turkey breast, 3” thick

Rubbermaid Commercial Container, 12 Qt

Instant Pot Turkey Breast Recipe (Pressure Cooker Turkey Breast): wet brine turkey breast with salted water for moist turkey meat

Depending on the size of your turkey breast, mix 90g salt with 1500ml of cold running tap water or 120g salt with 2000ml cold running tap water in a large mixing bowl.

Ensure the salt has fully dissolved.

Fully submerge the turkey breast in the salted-water and place it in the fridge for at least 4 to 8 hours.

*Pro Tip: Brining turkey breast for over 8 hours may result in ham-like meat texture.

Step 2
Prepare Pressure Cooker

Tool

Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker

Heat up your pressure cooker (Instant Pot: press Sauté button and click Adjust button to Sauté More function).

how to use instant pot - saute more function

Make sure your pot is as hot as it can be (Instant Pot: wait until indicator says HOT).

Step 3
Sauté Onion and Garlic

Ingredients

1 tablespoon (15ml) olive oil
1 medium (197g) onion, diced
3 (10g) garlic cloves, minced
Kosher salt & ground black pepper to taste

Add 1 tablespoon (15ml) olive oil.

Then, add diced onion in the pressure cooker. Sauté for roughly 2 minutes until soften.

Instant Pot Turkey Breast Recipe (Pressure Cooker Turkey Breast): saute diced onion in Instant Pot Multicooker

Add minced garlic and sauté for another 30 seconds until fragrant.

Season with kosher salt and ground black pepper.

Step 4
Sauté Celery and Carrot

Ingredients

2 medium (112g) carrots, chopped
1 stalk (92g) celery, chopped

Add in chopped celery and carrot. Sauté until the vegetables are slightly browned (roughly 5 – 7 minutes).

Instant Pot Turkey Breast Recipe (Pressure Cooker Turkey Breast): saute chopped celery and carrot until slightly browned in Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker

Step 5
Deglaze

Ingredient & Tool

A dash of sherry wine

Bamboo Wooden Spoons

Add a dash of sherry wine in the pressure cooker and deglaze by scrubbing the flavorful brown bits off the bottom of the pot with a wooden spoon.

Instant Pot Turkey Breast Recipe (Pressure Cooker Turkey Breast): deglaze with a dash of sherry wine in Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker

Step 6
Add Turkey Breast

Ingredients

1 cup (250ml) unsalted chicken stock/unsalted turkey stock
2 bay leaves
A pinch of dried rosemary
A pinch of dried thyme
A pinch of dried sage
Brined Turkey Breast

Add 1 cup (250ml) unsalted chicken stock, 2 bay leaves, a pinch of dried rosemary, a pinch of dried thyme and a pinch of dried sage (rub the herbs with your fingers to “activate” them) in the Instant Pot. Give it a quick stir.

Instant Pot Turkey Breast Recipe (Pressure Cooker Turkey Breast): add unsalted chicken stock and spices in Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker

Carefully place the turkey breast in the pressure cooker.

Step 7
Optional – Add Pot-in-Pot Potatoes:
(If you’re making mashed potatoes)

Ingredient & Tool

4 – 5 (~2.5lbs/1100g) Yukon gold potatoes (or Russet potatoes), halved

Stainless Steel Bowl

Place a stainless steel bowl on top of the turkey breast and add in halved Yukon gold potatoes.

Instant Pot Turkey Breast Recipe (Pressure Cooker Turkey Breast): make pot-in-pot mashed potatoes over turkey breast to make one pot meal

*Pro Tip: this will only work if your turkey breast is small enough to fit in the Instant Pot laying flat, so you have room to layer the stainless steel bowl on top without problems closing the Instant Pot Lid.

Step 8
Pressure Cook Turkey Breast


Instant Pot Turkey Breast Recipe (Pressure Cooker Turkey Breast): pressure cook turkey breast in Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker

Close lid and pressure cook at

  • Pressure Cooking Method: High Pressure for 28 – 34 minutes, then 15 minutes Natural Release (after 15 minutes of natural release, turn the Venting Knob to Venting Position to release the remaining pressure).

Open the lid carefully.

*Pro Tip: the best pressure cooking time will depend on the size of your turkey breasts. Be sure to adjust the cooking time accordingly (i.e. add more cooking time for bigger turkey breasts), test, then measure the meat’s temperature before consuming.

Step 9
Make Mashed Potatoes

Ingredients

30 grams freshly grated Parmesan cheese
100 ml milk or cream
1 – 2 tablespoons (14g-28g) unsalted butter
Kosher salt and ground black pepper to taste

Stainless Steel Mixing Bowl Set
Potato Masher

Remove the stainless steel bowl and place all the potatoes in a large mixing bowl.

Mash the potatoes with a fork or masher.

Instant Pot Turkey Breast Recipe (Pressure Cooker Turkey Breast): mashing potatoes

Add 1 – 2 tbsp (14g – 28g) unsalted butter, 30g grated Parmesan cheese, and 100ml milk or cream.

Continue mashing and mixing until desired consistency.

Season with kosher salt and ground black pepper to taste.

*Pro Tip: For creamier mashed potatoes, use more milk/cream.

Step 10
Check Turkey Breast Temperature

Tool

Food Thermometer

Use a meat thermometer to ensure the thickest part of the turkey breast registers over 161°F (72°C).

Instant Pot Turkey Breast Recipe (Pressure Cooker Turkey Breast): check turkey breast's temperature with a meat thermometer

Set aside on a chopping board to rest for 15 minutes.

*Pro Tip: The carryover heat will continue to cook the turkey to 165°F (74°C)

Step 11
Make Turkey Gravy

Ingredients

Thickener: 2 ½ tablespoons cornstarch + 3 tablespoons cold water
Kosher salt & ground black pepper to taste

Heat the pressure cooker over medium heat (Instant Pot: Press Saute button).

Mix 2 ½ tbsp cornstarch with 3 tbsp cold water and stir the mixture into the turkey gravy one third at a time until desired thickness.

Instant Pot Turkey Breast Recipe (Pressure Cooker Turkey Breast): make homemade turkey gravy - thicken with cornstarch mixture

Taste the sauce and season with salt and ground black pepper if necessary.

Step 12
Optional – Brown Turkey Breast Skin

Ingredients & Tool

Pressure cooked turkey breast
1 tablespoon honey
1 ½ tablespoon light soy sauce

Silicone Basting Brush
Culinary Torch or Broiler

Pat dry the turkey breast skin with paper towels.

Instant Pot Turkey Breast Recipe (Pressure Cooker Turkey Breast): pat dry turkey breast skin with paper towel

Mix 1 tbsp honey with 1 ½ tbsp light soy sauce and apply onto the turkey breast skin.

Instant Pot Turkey Breast Recipe (Pressure Cooker Turkey Breast): apply honey soy sauce onto turkey breast

Use a blowtorch (Jacky said because it’s fun to play with fire sometimes 😛 ) or place turkey breast under broiler for a few minutes to brown the skin.

Instant Pot Turkey Breast Recipe (Pressure Cooker Turkey Breast): use blowtorch to crisp up the turkey skin

Step 13
Serve Instant Pot Turkey Breast


Slice the turkey breast thinly on an angle.

Drizzle turkey gravy over the turkey breast & mashed potatoes.

Serve the tender & juicy Instant Pot Turkey Breast immediately! Enjoy~

Instant Pot Turkey Breast Recipe (Pressure Cooker Turkey Breast): serve sliced turkey breast with homemade turkey gravy and mashed potatoes

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Instant Pot Turkey Breast Recipe (Pressure Cooker Turkey Breast): how to cook tender and moist turkey dinner with homemade turkey gravy and mashed potatoes - one pot turkey dinner for Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.
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Instant Pot Turkey Breast

Course: Dinner, Easy, Lunch, Main Course, Meat, Party Food
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings: 4 -6
Calories: 255 kcal
Author: Amy + Jacky

Cook Tender & Moist Instant Pot Turkey Breast Recipe (Pressure Cooker Turkey Breast) with rich homemade turkey gravy and buttery mashed potatoes. Makes a comforting one pot turkey dinner for  Thanksgiving and Christmas feast!

Ingredients

Thickener:

  • 2 ½ tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons cold water

Wet Brine:

  • 90 grams salt + 1500 ml cold running tap water or 120 grams salt + 2000 ml cold running tap water

Mashed Potatoes:

  • 4-5 (~2.5lbs or 1100g) Yukon gold potatoes (or Russet potatoes) , halved
  • 30 grams freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 100 ml milk or cream
  • 1 - 2 tablespoons (14g-28g) unsalted butter
  • Kosher salt and ground black pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Wet Brine for Moist Turkey: Depending on the size of your turkey breast, mix 90g salt with 1500ml of cold running tap water or 120g salt with 2000ml cold running tap water in a large mixing bowl. Ensure the salt has fully dissolved. Fully submerge the turkey breast in the salted-water and place it in the fridge for at least 4 to 8 hours. 

    *Pro Tip: Brining turkey breast for over 8 hours may result in ham-like meat texture.

  2. Prepare Pressure Cooker: Heat up your pressure cooker (Instant Pot: press Sauté button and click Adjust button to Sauté More function). Make sure your pot is as hot as it can be (Instant Pot: wait until indicator says HOT).
  3. Sauté Onion and Garlic: Add 1 tablespoon (15ml) olive oil. Then, add diced onion in the pressure cooker. Sauté for roughly 2 minutes until soften. Add minced garlic and sauté for another 30 seconds until fragrant. Season with kosher salt and ground black pepper.
  4. Sauté Celery and Carrot: Add in chopped celery and carrot. Sauté until the vegetables are slightly browned (roughly 5 – 7 minutes).
  5. Deglaze: Add a dash of sherry wine in the pressure cooker and deglaze by scrubbing the flavorful brown bits off the bottom of the pot with a wooden spoon.
  6. Add Turkey Breast: Add 1 cup (250ml) unsalted chicken stock, 2 bay leaves, a pinch of dried rosemary, a pinch of dried thyme and a pinch of dried sage (rub the herbs with your fingers to “activate” them) in the Instant Pot. Give it a quick stir and carefully place the turkey breast in the pressure cooker.
  7. Optional - Add Pot-in-Pot Potatoes (If you're making mashed potatoes): Place a stainless steel bowl on top of the turkey breast and add in halved Yukon gold potatoes.
  8. Pressure Cook Turkey Breast: Close lid and pressure cook at High Pressure for 28 – 34 minutes, then 15 minutes Natural Release (after 15 minutes of natural release, turn the Venting Knob to Venting Position to release the remaining pressure). Open the lid carefully.
  9. Make Mashed Potatoes: Remove the stainless steel bowl and place all the potatoes in a large mixing bowl. Mash the potatoes with a fork or masher. Add 1 – 2 tbsp (14g – 28g) unsalted butter, 30g grated Parmesan cheese, and 100ml milk or cream. Continue mashing and mixing until desired consistency. Season with kosher salt and ground black pepper to taste. For creamier mashed potatoes, use more milk/cream.
  10. Check Turkey Breast Temperature: Use a meat thermometer to ensure the thickest part of the turkey breast registers over 161°F (72°C). Set aside on a chopping board to rest for 15 minutes. The carryover heat will continue to cook the turkey to 165°F (74°C)
  11. Make Turkey Gravy: Heat the pressure cooker over medium heat (Instant Pot: Press Saute button). Mix 2 ½ tbsp cornstarch with 3 tbsp cold water and stir the mixture into the turkey gravy one third at a time until desired thickness. Taste the sauce and season with salt and ground black pepper if necessary.
  12. Optional - Brown Turkey Breast Skin: Pat dry the turkey breast skin with paper towels. Mix 1 tbsp honey with 1 ½ tbsp light soy sauce and apply onto the turkey breast skin. Use a blowtorch or place turkey breast under broiler for a few minutes to brown the skin.
  13. Serve: Slice the turkey breast thinly on an angle. Drizzle turkey gravy over the turkey breast & mashed potatoes. Serve immediately.

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Recipe Notes

Best Pressure Cooking Time: the cooking time will depend on the size of your turkey breasts. Be sure to adjust the cooking time accordingly (i.e. add more cooking time for bigger turkey breasts), test, then measure the meat's temperature before consuming.

Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Turkey Breast
Amount Per Serving
Calories 255 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 8%
Cholesterol 99mg 33%
Sodium 584mg 24%
Potassium 638mg 18%
Total Carbohydrates 10g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 5g
Protein 41g 82%
Vitamin A 64.5%
Vitamin C 5.5%
Calcium 4.9%
Iron 7.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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