Instant Pot® Turkey Breast with Gravy

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Thanksgiving is coming up and the idea of cooking a whole turkey for hours upon hours is daunting. Not only does cooking the perfect turkey take a lot of work, skill, and experience (we have all burned our fair share of turkeys!), but some of us don’t really need a whole turkey. Guess what is going to solve this Thanksgiving conundrum…. The Instant Pot®! That’s right, it can cook perfect Thanksgiving turkeys in a fraction of the time which means you can be eating a holiday dinner in a matter of minutes! Give this recipe a try to ensure you have a traditional Thanksgiving day turkey or just give it a whirl anytime- turkey isn’t just for Thanksgiving after all!

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Instant Pot® Turkey Breast with Gravy

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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Servings 4
Calories 633 kcal


  • Instant Pot
  • Tongs
  • Measuring Spoon
  • Measuring Cup
  • Chef’s Knife
  • Cutting Board
  • Rubber Spatula
  • Wooden Spoon
  • Strainer
  • Medium Sized Bowl
  • Small Bowl


  • 4 Pounds Turkey Breast, Bone In, Skin on
  • 0.5 tsp Salt
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 0.25 tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • 0.25 tsp Dried Basil
  • 0.25 tsp Dried Parsley
  • 0.5 tsp Dried Thyme
  • 1 Medium Onion
  • 2 Stalks Celery
  • 1 stick Carrot
  • 3 Cloves Garlic
  • 2 cups Chicken Broth
  • 1 Tablespoon Corn Starch


  • Pour the olive oil in the bottom of the Instant Pot® and press the ‘Saute Button’. Place the turkey breast inside and then sprinkle with the salt and pepper. Let the turkey breast sear for about 5 minutes and then flip and sear the other side.
  • While the turkey is searing, chop the onion, garlic, celery and carrots.
  • Once the turkey has seared and the outside skin is browned, remove the turkey breast from the Instant Pot® and set aside. Pour the chicken broth into the Instant Pot® and use a wooden spoon to scrape the bottom of the pot, getting all the delicious crisp pieces of turkey that are stuck on the bottom mixed into the broth. Turn the Instant Pot® off.
  • Add the chopped veggies to the Instant Pot® along with the broth. Then, place the Instant Pot® trivet rack inside the pot on top of the vegetables. It’s okay if the rack touches the veggies! Place the turkey breast on top of the trivet them close the pot, seal the lid and make sure the steamer valve is set to “seal”. Press the “manual” button and set the timer for 30 minutes at high pressure. When the timer goes off and the Instant Pot® is done cooking, let the steam naturally release from the pot (this can take about 15 more minutes).
  • Remove the cooked turkey breast and set it aside on a plate. Place the strainer over the medium bowl and pour the contents of the Instant Pot® bowl through the strainer, separating the veggies from the broth. Pour the broth back into the Instant Pot® and discard the veggies.
  • In a separate small bowl, stir together the cornstarch with ¼ cup of water. Mix until there are no lumps
  • Add the cornstarch mix into the Instant pot with the broth mix and stir. Press the “saute” button and let the mix come to a boil. It will begin to thicken after about 1-2 minutes of boiling and become a delicious gravy for your turkey. Slice the turkey breast and pour some gravy over the top! Enjoy!

Wasn’t this easier than cooking a whole turkey in the oven for hours and hours? A delicious gravy and turkey in one pot- you couldn’t get an easier Thanksgiving meal! Let us know if you have any questions in the comments below- we are happy to answer so you don’t have any holiday turkey mishaps!


About Amanda

My name is Amanda and I am a professional pastry chef. I have over 16 years of culinary experience and a bachelors degree in Baking and Pastry Arts. I currently live right outside New York City with my husband and two daughters who are my official taste testers and kitchen helpers. Chocolate chip cookies and ice cream are my weakness and, because I have two young kids, I need coffee every day. I love sharing my cooking passion and hope that you find some culinary inspiration here!

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