Instant Pot Turkey Legs and 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 Instant Pot 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 Instant Pot 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

Ingredients for Instant Pot Turkey Legs

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

Instant Pot Turkey Legs 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!

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

Instant Pot Turkey Legs and Gravy

10 mins prep to make this easy Instant Pot Turkey Legs with delicious turkey gravy. Meaty turkey legs are flavorful & tender. Don't just save it for Thanksgiving or Christmas!
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Total: 40 minutes
Servings: 2 - 4
Calories: 545kcal
Author: Amy + Jacky

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Prepare Turkey Legs: Season the turkey legs with generous amount of kosher salt and ground black pepper.
  • Prepare Instant Pot: Press Sauté button, then Adjust button 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.
  • Saute onion and garlic: Press cancel button, then 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 fragrant.
  • 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).
  • 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 regular soy sauce, then taste the seasoning. Add in more salt and pepper if desired.
  • Pressure cook turkey legs: Place the turkey legs into the pot, then close lid. Pressure cook at high pressure for 18 minutes – 20 minutes (Stovetop pressure cooker: 15 – 17 minutes) + Natural release for 10 minutes. Then release the remaining pressure.
  • 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 1/3 at a time until desired thickness. Drizzle the turkey gravy over the turkey legs & side dishes and serve immediately!
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Nutrition:

Calories: 545kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 68g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 240mg | Sodium: 522mg | Potassium: 1034mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 68mg | Iron: 6mg
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Main
Cuisine: American
Keyword: instant pot turkey legs
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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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Gloria

Sounds good. I’m going to try it, but, will use coconut oil or avocado oil instead of olive oil. Cooking with olive oil on high is not a good idea.

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Suzanne

So delicious! The broth created was simply amazing! Another keeper ❤️5 stars

Debbie

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.5 stars

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Pamela Mitchell

Do you think this would work starting with frozen turkey legs? How much would I have to increase the time by?

Helen Chung

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!

Helen

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!5 stars

Rich

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

jose g olmeda

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?

Mariah

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

Dave McColeman

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 2018.5 stars

cyndie

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.5 stars

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