Turkey breast cooked in the pressure cooker is super moist and tender, with only a 30 minute cook time. Thanksgiving dinner doesn’t need to take hours when you have an Instant Pot and this easy pressure cooker turkey breast recipe!
When you pressure cook a turkey, you won’t get a crispy golden oven-roasted turkey. So if you love to eat the skin, this method isn’t for you. I won’t be cooking my turkey this way for Thanksgiving, but it’s a great alternative if you don’t have an oven, if you’re having a big crowd and won’t have enough white meat, or if you’re eating at someone else’s house and just want to come home to some left over turkey sandwiches. (I know I always miss Thanksgiving leftovers when we eat at someone else’s house.)
Making Pressure Cooker Turkey Breast in an Instant Pot
An Instant Pot is one of the most popular brands of electric pressure cookers. They are easy to use and your Instant Pot can help you create this moist and tender turkey breast recipe! You can make a bone-in or boneless turkey breasts. My recipe is for a bone-in turkey breast. Boneless turkey breasts will take less time to cook.
I’ve cooked a number of turkey breasts in my pressure cooker so far. A 3.5 lb. turkey breast which took 25 minutes and a 6.5 lb. turkey breast, which took 30 minutes. The first turkey breast I browned in the pressure cooker before I cooked it. It was difficult to brown evenly because of its shape, and I didn’t notice any difference in terms of the flavor of the turkey or gravy. After it was cooked it wasn’t golden or crispy enough to serve.
You could try browning the turkey in the oven after it’s cooked in the pressure cooker, but since we don’t eat the skin any way, I just discarded it.
The larger turkey had a tender timer that never popped in the pressure cooker, so don’t rely on that. Use a meat thermometer to check to see that the turkey breast has reached 165°F.
Another great thing about cooking pressure cooker turkey breasts is that you get lots of flavorful liquid to make wonderful turkey gravy. I’ve given gravy directions in the recipe that you can make in the pressure cooking pot after the turkey’s finished cooking.
Make your Thanksgiving dinner faster and easier this year by using your electric pressure cooker. My Instant Pot / Pressure Cooker Thanksgiving Recipes taste like traditional classics, but come together in much less time. Plus, use one of my two Thanksgiving Planning Guides to take the stress out of getting your Thanksgiving dinner on the table.