Pressure Cooker Turkey One Pot Meal

Make Easy Pressure Cooker Turkey One Pot Meal in an hour! Tender turkey, buttery mashed potatoes & rich turkey gravy made in one pot! Great recipe for Thanksgiving & Christmas holidays.

Make this Easy Pressure Cooker Turkey One Pot Meal in an hour! Tender & flavorful turkey, with smooth & buttery mashed potatoes, drizzled with rich homemade turkey gravy – all made in the same pot!

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Start a new tradition with this healthy & simple turkey one pot meal made in your pressure cooker.

This is what I call the…

“3-in-1” One. Pot. Meal.

Yes! This means you can cook the Turkey + Potatoes + Turkey Gravy separately, at the same time, in the same pot!

Truly a time-saver, efficient use of ingredients, easy to make, and satisfying to eat.

psst…less dishes to wash too 😉

Make Easy Pressure Cooker Turkey One Pot Meal in an hour! Tender turkey, buttery mashed potatoes & rich turkey gravy made in one pot! Great recipe for Thanksgiving & Christmas holidays.

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You’ll Enjoy Pressure Cooker Turkey One Pot Meal Because:

  • It’s a “3-in-1” One. Pot. Meal. (Turkey + Gravy + Mashed Potatoes)
  • Easy to make – done in an hour
  • Made with healthy, simple ingredients from your pantry

Pressure Cooker Turkey One Pot Meal are Great for:

  • Dinner parties, Entertaining guests
  • Holidays – Thanksgiving & Christmas
  • Easy weeknight dinners

Let’s get cooking!

Pressure Cooker Turkey One Pot Meal Ingredients


Make Easy Pressure Cooker Turkey One Pot Meal IngredientsTurkey
  • 2 (~2.5lbs/1150g) turkey quarters
  • 1 medium (130g) onion, diced
  • 3 (10g) garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 large (120g) carrot, chopped
  • 1 stalk (70g) celery, chopped
  • 1 cup (250ml) unsalted homemade chicken/turkey stock
  • 2 tablespoons (30ml) 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

Thickener: 3 tablespoons cornstarch + 2 tablespoons cold water

Mashed Potatoes

  • 4 – 5 (~2.5lbs/1100g) Yukon gold potatoes (or Russet potatoes), halved
  • 1 oz (30g) freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) milk or cream
  • 1 – 2 tablespoons (14g – 28g) unsalted butter
  • Kosher salt and ground black pepper to taste

Tools for Pressure Cooker Turkey One Pot Meal


Preparation

Ingredients

1 medium (130g) onion
3 (10g) garlic cloves
1 large (120g) carrot
1 stalk (70g) celery
1 oz (30g) freshly grated Parmesan cheese
4 – 5 (~2.5lbs/1100g) Yukon gold potatoes (or Russet potatoes)

First dice onion, mince garlic, chop carrot & celery, and halve Yukon gold potatoes.

Then, grate the Parmesan cheese.

halve yukon gold potatoes, grate parmesan cheese

Step 1
Prepare Turkey Quarters

Ingredients & Tools

2 (~2.5lbs/1150g) turkey quarters
Kosher salt & ground black pepper

First, pat dry the turkey quarters with paper towels.

Then, season them with generous amount of kosher salt and ground black pepper.

preparing turkey quarters with kosher salt and ground black pepper

Step 2
Prepare Pressure Cooker

Tools

Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker

Time to heat up your pressure cooker.

Instant Pot users: 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
Brown the Turkey Quarters

Ingredients & Tools

Seasoned turkey quarters
1 tablespoon (15ml) of olive oil
Optional: Skillet

Note: You can brown the Turkey Quarters in the Instant Pot, but we found it easier to brown them on a skillet.

First, add 1 tablespoon (15ml) of olive oil. Ensure the whole bottom is covered with oil.

Then, place the turkey quarters on a preheated skillet over medium high heat (or in the Instant Pot).

Brown each side for roughly 4 – 5 minutes. Remove and set aside.

browning turkey quarters on a skillet

Step 4
Deglaze Skillet (if you’re using a separate skillet)

Ingredients & Tools

½ cup (125ml) unsalted chicken stock
Skillet
Wooden spoon

Deglaze the skillet by pouring ½ cup (125ml) unsalted chicken stock.

Scrub the flavorful brown bits off the bottom of the skillet with a wooden spoon.

Reserve the flavorful liquid.

Step 5
Sauté
Onion and Garlic

Ingredients & Tools

1 tablespoon (15ml) of olive oil
Diced onion
Minced garlic
Kosher salt
Ground black pepper

Add 1 tablespoon (15ml) of olive oil.

Then, add diced onion in the pressure cooker. Sauté for roughly a minute until soften.

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

Season with kosher salt and ground black pepper.

saute onion and garlic in instant pot electric pressure cooker

Step 6
Sauté
Celery and Carrot

Ingredients & Tools

Chopped celery
Chopped carrot
Kosher salt
Ground black pepper
2 bay leaves
A pinch of Rosemary
A pinch of Sage
A pinch of Thyme

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

saute vegetables in instant pot electric pressure cookerOptional layer seasoning: taste and season with more kosher salt and ground black pepper.

Add 2 bay leaves, a pinch of rosemary, sage and thyme (rub the herbs with your fingers to “activate” them), then sauté for another minute until fragrant.

Step 7
Deglaze

Ingredients & Tools

A dash of sherry wine
Wooden spoon

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.

Step 8
Add Turkey Quarters & Potatoes

Ingredients & Tools

Browned turkey quarters
Reserved flavorful liquid from skillet
Remaining unsalted chicken stock
Halved Yukon gold potatoes
Stainless Steel Steamer Basket

Add browned turkey quarters, reserved flavorful liquid from skillet (if any), and the remaining unsalted chicken stock in the pressure cooker.

instant pot pot-in-pot method - turkey at the bottom, steamer rack and potatoes on top

Then, place the steamer basket with the halved potatoes into the pot (on top of the browned turkey quarters).

Close lid and pressure cook:

Cooking Method: High Pressure for 18 – 20 minutes
Pressure Release Method: 10 minutes Natural Release

instant pot electric pressure cooker: high pressure setting for 20 minutes

After 10 minutes of natural release, turn the Venting Knob to Venting Position to release the remaining pressure.

Open the lid carefully.

Step 9
Make Mashed Potatoes

Ingredients & Tools

1 – 2 tbsp (14g – 28g) unsalted butter
1 oz (30g) grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup (125ml) milk or cream
Kosher salt
Ground black pepper
Large mixing bowl
Potato Masher
Wooden spoon

First, remove the steamer basket with the potatoes. Then, place the potatoes in a large mixing bowl.

Mash the potatoes with a fork or potato masher.

easy mashed potatoes in instant pot

Add in 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, add more milk/cream.

mashing instant pot potatoes with wooden spoon

Step 10
Make Turkey Gravy

Ingredients & Tools

Kosher salt
Ground black pepper
3 tbsp of cornstarch + 2 tbsp of water

While mashing the potatoes, remove the turkey quarters and set aside.

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

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

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

Step 11
Serve


Drizzle the turkey gravy over the turkey quarters and mashed potatoes and serve immediately. 🙂

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Make Easy Pressure Cooker Turkey One Pot Meal in an hour! Tender turkey, buttery mashed potatoes & rich homemade turkey gravy made in one pot! Great recipe for Thanksgiving & Christmas holidays.
Author:
Recipe type: Dinner, Lunch, Main Course, Meat, One Pot Meals, Sauce, Side Dish, Easy
Cuisine: American
Serving: 2 - 3
Ingredients
Turkey
  • 2 (~2.5lbs/1150g) turkey quarters
  • 1 medium (130g) onion, diced
  • 3 (10g) garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 large (120g) carrot, chopped
  • 1 stalk (70g) celery, chopped
  • 1 cup (250ml) unsalted homemade chicken/turkey stock
  • 2 tablespoons (30ml) 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
Thickener:
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch + 2 tablespoons cold water
Mashed Potatoes:
  • 4 – 5 (~2.5lbs/1100g) Yukon gold potatoes (or Russet potatoes), halved
  • 1 oz (30g) freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • ½ cup (100 ml) milk or cream
  • 1 - 2 tablespoons (14g-28g) unsalted butter
  • Kosher salt and ground black pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Prepare Turkey Quarters: Pat dry the turkey quarters with paper towels. Season with generous amount of kosher salt and ground black pepper.
  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. Brown the Turkey Quarters: You can brown them in the Instant Pot, but we found it easier to brown them on a skillet. Add 1 tablespoon (15ml) of olive oil. Place the turkey quarters on a preheated skillet over medium high heat or in the Instant Pot. Brown each side for roughly 4 – 5 minutes. Remove and set aside.
  4. Deglaze Skillet (if you're using a separate skillet): Deglaze the skillet by pouring ½ cup (125ml) unsalted chicken stock and scrub the flavorful brown bits off the bottom of the skillet with a wooden spoon. Reserve the flavorful liquid.
  5. Sauté Onion and Garlic: Add 1 tablespoon (15ml) of olive oil. Then, add diced onion in the pressure cooker. Sauté for roughly a minute until soften. Add minced garlic and sauté for another 30 seconds until fragrant. Season with kosher salt and ground black pepper.
  6. Sauté Celery and Carrot: Add in chopped celery and carrot. Sauté until the vegetables are slightly browned (roughly 5 – 7 minutes).

    Optional layer seasoning: taste and season with more kosher salt and ground black pepper.

    Add 2 bay leaves, a pinch of rosemary, sage and thyme (rub the herbs with your fingers to “activate” them), then sauté for another minute until fragrant.
  7. 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.
  8. Add Turkey Quarters & Potatoes: Add browned turkey quarters, reserved flavorful liquid from skillet (if any) and the remaining unsalted chicken stock in the pressure cooker. Place a steamer basket into the pot and add in the halved Yukon gold potatoes. Close lid and pressure cook at High Pressure for 18 – 20 minutes + 10 minutes Natural Release.
  9. After 10 minutes of natural release, turn the Venting Knob to Venting Position to release the remaining pressure. Open the lid carefully.
  10. Make Mashed Potatoes: Remove the steamer basket and place all the potatoes into 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.
  11. Make Turkey Gravy: While mashing the potatoes, remove the turkey quarters and set aside. Heat the pressure cooker over medium heat (Instant Pot: Press Saute). Taste the sauce and season with salt and ground black pepper if necessary. Mix 3 tbsp of cornstarch with 2 tbsp of water and stir the mixture into the turkey gravy one third at a time until desired thickness.
  12. Serve: Drizzle the turkey gravy over the turkey quarters and mashed potatoes and serve immediately.

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  1. Hi, I would like to make this for turkey tenderloin instead, how many minutes would it be in instant pot? Thanks !!!

    1. Hi Mandy,

      thank you for your question 🙂

      It will depend on the size of the tenderloin. It will be roughly 20 minutes and 10 minutes natural release.

      Take care
      Jacky

  2. I have been using pressure cookers – stove top and multi-cookers for 50+ years and was intrigued with your recipe which I cooked last night. I browned 2 turkey thighs (all I could find) in my large cast iron pan. I did not have my vegetable steamer so I manipulated and shaped a small aluminum pie plate to hold the potatoes. I added some sauteed mushrooms but followed recipe precisely except I used chicken broth instead of turkey. I served it w/ fresh cranberry sauce and peas. It was very tasty. We really liked the potatoes with Parmesan. Changes I will make the next time is making it in advance and debone the thighs. Also I would cool and degrease the sauce a bit. I cooked it at 18 minutes but would increase to 20 or even 22. I would also try it with turkey breast or even chicken (less cooking time) . Thanks so much for recipe.

  3. Hello, I could not find turkey legs at the store today. so I got 2lbs of chicken quarters. How would I adjust the time for chicken. thank so much. I love your recipes

    1. Hi Mary,

      Happy New Year to you and hope you have been doing well 🙂

      The cooking time for chicken quarters are 8 minutes + 10 minutes Natural release.

      I would recommend cutting the potatoes into quarters as the cooking time will be shorter.

      Once again, Happy New Year to you and your family!
      Jacky

  4. What is the purpose of sauteing skin? If it is covered with broth anyway, it will not stay crispy. So why not just put the legs on top of the veggies as is?

  5. Ok, I’ve unofficially adopted you two! I fixed this for Thanksgiving using a turkey roast with light and dark meat. I made your cranberry sauce, your cheesecake (adding a pumpkin filling swirl), and fixed the dressing ahead in the IP putting it in a casserole dish to reheat. The one-pot meal turned out great and everyone raved about the meal. Other than steaming green beans, and baking rolls, it was an instant pot dinner – and I referred to you two as “my kids,” throughout the day. 🙂

    1. Happy Belated Thanksgiving. It’s official. You have adopted us hehe!

      Thank you for your kind words Cheryl as mothers will always say the sweetest thing to their kids <3:)

      Take care & Keep in touch
      Jacky

  6. Love your site! Unfortunately I can only find turkey wings where I live – would I need to change this recipe in anyway to cook wings for 4 people for Thanksgiving?

    1. Hi TK,

      thank you for your question and kind words 🙂

      Wings are excellent choice. The cooking time will depend on the size of the wings.

      I would try the 18 minutes + Natural release and see how it goes!

      Take care & have a great weekend
      Jacky

  7. Love this recipe, just wondering if I add more turkey quarters, how much liquid and time do I need to adjust/add. OR if I cut a whole turkey (about 10-14 lb) into 6 big chunks, what are the adjustments I need to make. Thank you very much for your inputs.
    Paula.

    1. Hi Paula,

      thank you for your question 🙂

      The cooking and time and liquid will stay the same as long as the turkey quarters are not packed together too tightly.

      Take care & have fun cooking!
      Jacky

  8. Love your site and recipes. I use my IP all the time with great results except for mashed potatoes. I’ve made them twice and both times the potatoes came out gummy. I tried to mash them but I had to throw out. Am I doing anything wrong or is it the potatoes fault?

    Margie

    1. Hi Marjorie,

      thank you for your kind words and question 🙂

      Apologize for the delay in response as we were on the road.

      It sounds like too much starch is being released by the potatoes.

      It usually happens if the kind of potatoes are very starchy or they are over-mashed (over-mixed).

      Take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

    1. Hi Jeni,

      thank you for your question 🙂

      It will work, but I will reduce the cooking time by 2 minutes.

      Turkey breast is quite lean so It will become tough if it is overcooked.

      The gravy will be less flavorful as well.

      take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

  9. I just got finished eating this. Used my stovetop pressure cooker using the same times listed in the recipe. Thanks for this recipe, it was amazing! I can’t wait to try more. Yumm. 🙂

  10. I just want to say that you two are super. Your dedication to this craft has helped put pressure cooking back in the mainstream. Keep up the good work.

  11. Great blog! Wonderful that you reply to comments.

    This was a wonderful recipe. Not only couldn’t I get quarters here, my store only had one package of legs–not enough–so I added two wings. I’m usually a dark-meat person but the wings were delicious and moist

    Question–How do I determine how long it will take the IP to get up to temperature and actually start cooking? I’ve had late dinners because I didn’t allow long enough for this step.

    1. Hi Jeanie,

      thank you for your kind words and question 🙂

      It usually take 8 – 15 minutes with 1 cup of liquid.

      Our total cooking time on the newest recipes include both the get up to pressure time and natural release time.

      Take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

  12. How could the turkey quarter fit in 6 qt Instant Pot? I barely could fit 2 turkey legs in there. Did you cut the turkey quarter, separate the leg and the thigh?

    1. Hi Jos,

      it’s great to hear from you again! Hope you have been doing well 🙂

      We were able to fit 2 turkey quarters in the 6 QT Instant Pot like this.

      I guess they were not particular large in size. You can separate the leg and thigh if you can’t fit them in.

      See you around 🙂

      Take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

  13. I own a stove top pressure cooker, 6qt. Can this whole meal be cooked with the stove top pressure cooker? Along with the nifty steamer basket and potatoes? Or are your recipes only geared for the electric One Pot?

    1. Hi Barb,

      thank you for your question 🙂
      This recipe will work in a stove top pressure cooker. If your pressure cooker is 15 PSI, I would recommend trying 18 minutes + 10 minutes Natural Release.

      Take Care and Have Fun Cooking!
      Jacky

  14. I’m not organized enough to remember to get my meat out of the freezer ahead of time. Can you cook the meat from frozen and if so how do you adjust the time? Thanks!! I’m new to the whole pressure cooking thing!

    1. Hi K,

      thank you for your question.

      For this recipe, I would add an extra 2 minutes. Make sure the turkey quarters are not stuck together as a giant frozen cube!

      Happy New Year & Have Fun Cooking
      Jacky

  15. I’ve done stacked meals before but this is some next level stuff! 🙂 I can tell you have the IPSmart is that an 8qt or 6qt you are using? If so do you think this could all fit in the 6qt?

    Keep up the great work and thank you for your time,

  16. Feeling unsatisfied for not hosting Christmas dinner and thus not having leftovers I cooked your Turkey One Pot Meal. I followed your superbly set out recipe except used a large turkey thigh and sautéed it in my newly purchased Instant Pot. I don’t think I will cook a whole turkey again! My meal was absolutely delicious and perfectly cooked. Before I got my Instant Pot I cooked your Back Ribs and Shrimp and Pork Dumplings in my stove top pressure cooker and was so impressed with your recipes I ordered the Instant Pot. I am impressed and pleased with my purchase.
    Thanks for your web site. It is a breath of fresh air, beautifully designed and so informative.

    1. Hi Ann,
      Glad you had a wonderful turkey meal and are enjoying your new Instant Pot.
      Thanks for making me smile with your kind words 🙂
      Wish you & your loved ones a blessed, joyful, and healthy New Year!
      Have fun cooking~
      Amy

  17. Me again. Forgot to ask. Have seen some about the pressure cooker smokers. Do you know anything about them and if they are trustworthy as instant pots?

    1. Hi Bonnie,

      thank you for your kind comment and question.
      We haven’t used a pressure cooker smoker before, but one of our members in our facebook community has one and he seems to like it a lot.

      Have fun cooking!
      Jacky

  18. Been cooking turkey legs only for years because can’t get the quarters here. Just have to make more legs! I’m glad you posted this recipe because I haven’t made it in quite awhile. Thanks and keep up the great work!

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