Pressure Cooker Turkey Legs and Turkey Gravy

10 mins to prep this easy pressure cooker turkey legs with a classic turkey gravy. Don't just save this for Thanksgiving or Christmas!

10 mins prep to make this easy Pressure Cooker Turkey Legs with Classic Turkey Gravy. The meaty, flavorful turkey legs are tender and moist. Don’t just save this caveman drumstick for Thanksgiving or Christmas holidays! 😀

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Happy Thanksgiving! Oh wait, it’s not even summer yet? Oops. 🙂

We really didn’t have Pressure Cooker Turkey in mind for dinner at this time of the year. BUT turkey legs were on sale at our local supermarket, so there’s really no reason not to take them home, right?! 😉

We’ll just celebrate pre-thanksgiving (couple of months early) with these tender, flavorful, and satisfyingly-meaty turkey legs. Plus, the sauce from the pressure cooking will turn into a delicious classic turkey gravy on the side. Just perfect with our pressure cooker mashed potatoes.

These turkey legs make a simple quick and easy dinner with just 10 mins prep. It’s a good change from the usual chicken drumsticks for dinner.

easy pressure cooker turkey legs with delicious turkey gravy ingredients

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Ingredients for Pressure Cooker Turkey Legs and Turkey Gravy Recipe

10 mins to prep this easy pressure cooker turkey legs with a classic turkey gravy. Don't just save this for Thanksgiving or Christmas!

Pressure Cooker Turkey Legs & Turkey Gravy Pressure Cooking Time

We wanted to find the optimal pressure cooking time that will bring out both the turkey’s flavors and tenderness. So, we’ve tested by cooking them at high pressure for different cooking times with our Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker.

We first tested the turkey legs by cooking them at high pressure for 15 minutes, then natural release. The turkey legs were fully cooked and full of turkey flavors. However, the meat was tough and chewy. So, we needed to find out how much longer to pressure cook them in order to tenderize the meat without sending all the flavors to the gravy.

We’ve tested the turkey legs again the next day by pressure cooking them at high pressure for 18 minutes, then natural release. The turkey legs started to tenderize at this point. Then, by cooking them at high pressure for 20 minutes and natural release, the turkey legs were flavorful while being quite tender with some chew.

Now it’s YOUR turn to take out your pressure cooker and cook some Pressure Cooker Turkey Legs and Turkey Gravy!

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10 mins prep to make this easy pressure cooker turkey legs with delicious turkey gravy. Meaty turkey legs are flavorful & tender. Don't just save it for Thanksgiving or Christmas! May serve this dish with our pressure cooker mashed potatoes.
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Recipe type: Christmas, Dinner, Holidays, Lunch, Main Course, Meat, Sauce, Thanksgiving
Cuisine: American
Serving: 2 - 4
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  1. Prepare the turkey legs: Season the turkey legs with generous amount of kosher salt and ground black pepper.
  2. Prepare the pressure cooker: Heat up your pressure cooker (Instant Pot: press Sauté button and click the adjust button to go to Sauté More function). Make sure your pot is as hot as it can be when you place the turkey legs into the pot (Instant Pot: wait until the indicator says HOT). This will prevent the legs from sticking to the pot.

    Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil into the pot. Ensure to coat the oil over the whole bottom of the pot. Add the seasoned turkey legs into the pot, then let it brown for roughly 2 - 3 minutes per side. Remove and set aside.
  3. Saute the onion and garlic: Reduce the heat to medium (Instant pot: press cancel button and press Sauté button).

    Add the sliced onion and stir. Add a pinch of kosher salt and ground black pepper to season if you like. Cook the onions for roughly one minute until soften. Add garlic, then stir for 30 seconds until fragrance.
  4. Add celery and herbs: Add in chopped celery and cook for roughly one minute. Optional layer seasoning: add a pinch of kosher salt and ground black pepper to season. Add 2 bay leaves, a pinch of rosemary and thymes, then give it a quick stir (rub the herbs with your fingers to “activate” them).
  5. Make sauce: Add in a dash of sherry wine, deglaze the bottom of the pot with a wooden spoon. Allow it to cook for a moment for the alcohol to evaporate. Add chicken stock and light soy sauce, then taste the seasoning. Add in more salt and pepper if desired.
  6. Pressure cook the turkey legs: Place the turkey legs into the pot, then close lid. Pressure cook at high pressure for
    Electric pressure cooker: 18 minutes – 20 minutes
    Stovetop pressure cooker: 15 minutes – 17 minutes

    Natural release for 10 minutes and release the remaining pressure.
  7. Serve: Remove the turkey legs and filter the turkey gravy if desired.

    Optional: Mix 3 tablespoons of cornstarch with 1 tablespoon of water, then mix it into the turkey gravy ⅓ at a time until desired thickness.

    Drizzle the turkey gravy over the turkey legs & side dishes and serve immediately!
10 mins to prep this easy pressure cooker turkey legs with a classic turkey gravy. Don't just save this for Thanksgiving or Christmas!
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  1. Tried this today. Oh my goodness! So good! Did 20 minutes and my turkey was falling off the bone good (like it that way!) I had turkey broth left that needed to be used up. Sauteed the onions, celery, and spices. Heavenly is all I can say….thank you.

    1. Hi Pamela,

      Hope you had a wonderful New Year & Christmas 🙂
      Thank you for your question. For this recipe, you will want to increase the cooking time by 6 – 8 minutes.

      Happy New Year & please take care
      Jacky

  2. Hi! Once again I turn to you when I’m need of a reliable IP recipe! Do you think I could fit 4 legs (drumsticks) + 2 thighs into the Duo60? If so, should I increase any of other ingredients? And set cook time for 22 minutes? TIA!

    1. Hi Helen,

      thank you so much for your kind words 🙂

      I am just guessing here. 4 legs and 2 thighs maybe a bit too much for the DUO60.

      You will want to increase the seasoning by roughly 1.5x as there will be more moisture coming out of the turkey.

      Please taste and adjust accordingly!

      Take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

    2. So I squeezed 3 turkey thighs + 2 drumsticks into my Duo60, increased the seasonings as advised, and pressure cooked for 22 minutes. Then quickly broiled in oven with soy honey glaze. Turned out awesome, so flavourful & juicy, with minimal stress & cleanup! Thank you, Amy & Jacky for all your ideas, hard work, pursuit of perfection, & support! Happy (Canadian) Thanksgiving!

    3. Hi Helen,

      Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family as well!
      Thank you so much for your kind words on the recipe 🙂

      Take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

  3. I want to do turkey legs and finish them off on the grill with some bbq sauce. I don’t want the meat totally falling off the bone so what is your suggestion for cooking time? I was guessing about 15 minutes or so with quick release.

    Thanks

    Rich

    1. Hi Rich!

      Hope all is well. I would say 18 minutes and 10 minutes natural release.

      It will still have some chew in it without falling off the bone.

      Take care!
      Jacky

  4. Hello , I think you guys are a great team. I have a question on the Turkey leg recipe . If I want to crisp and brown them a bit can I put them in a convection oven?
    Will it dry them out?
    How long and what temp?

    1. Hi Jose,

      thank you for your kind words 🙂

      After pressure cooking, I would put it under the broiler to crisp up the skin a bit.

      The best way to avoid drying it out is using the highest temperature at the shortest time.

      Take care & have fun cooking!
      Jacky

  5. Hello! I am brand new to the instant pot with only one recipe tried so far. I’m planning to make this delicious-sounding recipe with (very) fresh turkey legs tonight. Since you did not say to hit Cancel after the High Pressure cooking, is it correct to assume that you intend for the pot to be on ‘Keep Warm’ during the 10 minute natural release? Best, Mariah

    1. Hi Mariah,

      Congrats on your new Instant Pot and thank you for your question 🙂

      The Keep warm function will not kick in well after natural release so it will not matter if the pot is turned off or not.

      Take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

  6. Many Thx for your efforts they are Appreciated. O especially am impressed by how you gove your TEST results( with the various times ) makes your recipes easily doable , less intimidating.

    The Very Best for the season to you team Amy & Jacky.. Look forward to 2018.

  7. I used your recipe for two turkey legs and 2 thighs. The seasoning was wonderful and the timing was perfect! Thanks for your testing, research and reporting.

    1. Hi Cindra,

      thank you for your kind words and question 🙂

      You can place them on a trivet with 1 cup water to reheat them. It wouldn’t take too long.

      Probably 1 – 2 minutes + Natural release.

      Take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

  8. Thank you so much for this wonderful site! I was wondering if you think I can cook 8 turkey drumsticks in a 6 qt instant pot at once? All together it would be around 5.5 lbs of turkey – how should I increase liquid and cooking time?

    1. Hi Tiffany,

      thank you for your kind words and question 🙂

      The liquid ingredients can stay the same. Try not to pack the turkey drumsticks too tightly together as that will stop the steam from cooking them properly.

      I would increase the cooking time by 5 minutes as it will be packed quite tightly.

      Take care & have a great week
      Jacky

    1. Hi Jennifer,

      thank you for your question 🙂

      You can use the 4 thighs instead of legs.

      The cooking time will be 20 – 22 minutes.

      Take care & have a great week
      Jacky

  9. Hi Amy & Jacky,
    love it! so easy and tasty, and a change from chicken drumstick. i used the leftover gravy (did not “cornstarch” it) to make jook. yummi…

    thanks for sharing.

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