Instant Pot Turkey Breast with Lemon and Thyme
This Instant Pot Turkey Breast with Lemon and Thyme is a Thanksgiving game changer! Cook the whole thing in under an hour for juicy, tender bone-in, skin-on turkey breast.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 35 minutes
- Total Time: 45 minutes
- Yield: 8 servings
- Category: Poultry
- Method: Pressure Cooker
- Cuisine: American
- 6-7 lb. bone in, skin on turkey breast
- 4 tablespoons butter, softened
- 1 tablespoon kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- one lemon, zest removed and halved
- 2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 1 onion, peeled and quartered
- 2 ribs celery, cut into 4″ pieces
- 2 carrots, cut into 4″ pieces
- Remove the turkey breast from packaging and make sure to remove anything from inside the turkey cavity. Pat dry with a paper towel.
- In a small bowl, mix together the softened butter, salt, pepper, lemon zest, and fresh thyme.
- In the bottom of your pressure cooker, place the onion, celery, and carrots. Add the lemon halves leftover from zesting, and the springs from which the thyme leaves have been removed as well.
- Pour in the chicken broth on top and place the wire trivet that came with your instant pot inside.
- Rub the butter mixture all over the turkey, including under the skin, being careful not to tear the skin (but if you do, don’t worry!).
- Place the turkey in the pressure cooker on top of the wire trivet, making sure it’s in all the way. Smush it down if you need to.
- Place the cover on and in the locked position, and double check that the pressure release valve is in the “sealed” position.
- Set your pressure cooker to manual high pressure for 35 minutes.
- Once it’s done, allow the pressure to naturally release for 10 minutes. Then, you can quick release the pressure and remove the turkey carefully once the float valve has depressed, indicating the pressure has fully released.
- If you want crispy skin, place the turkey on a wire rack nestled into a baking sheet and broil it for 5-10 minutes, until you’ve reached the desired color and crispiness. Alternatively, you can use a kitchen torch to crisp up the skin.
- Allow the turkey to rest, uncovered, for at least 20 minutes before carving into it, so the juices can redistribute.
- Carve, slice, and serve!
- The cooking time indicated does not include the time it takes your pressure cooker/Instant Pot to come up to pressure and release the pressure. Plan for about an hour total cooking time, accounting for the pressure rise and release.
- The drippings from the bottom of the instant pot after cooking can be used to make turkey gravy.
- You can freeze the leftovers sealed tightly in a plastic bag with as much air squeezed out as possible.
- Save the carcass- you can make turkey stock/bone broth from it (in your instant pot, slow cooker, or stovetop).
- I do my best to provide accurate nutrition information for my recipes, but I am not a nutritionist. The provided nutrition information is my best estimate. It does not include any added sodium from seasoning to taste, any optional ingredients, and it does not take brands into account. Feel free to calculate it yourself using this calculator or by adding the recipe to Yummly.
- Calories: 324
- Sugar: 0 g
- Sodium: 1771 mg
- Fat: 13.2 g
- Saturated Fat: 5.8 g
- Carbohydrates: 0.2 g
- Fiber: 0.1 g
- Protein: 48 g
- Cholesterol: 106 mg
Keywords: instant pot, low carb, keto, gluten free, thanksgiving