Instant Pot Turkey Breast with Carrots and Homemade Gravy Recipe

Katie Jasiewicz | Katie's Cucina

Celebrate the holidays with ease with my delicious and easy recipe for Instant Pot Turkey Breast with Carrots and Homemade Gravy. Or make it any day you’re craving a turkey dinner!

Here we are again, about to approach another holiday season. Since I've fully embraced my Instant Pot over the past year I decided to finally start testing recipes for a turkey breast in the Instant Pot.

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Once again, I've got another game-changing recipe. This recipe for Instant Pot Turkey Breast with Carrots and Homemade Gravy not only has your turkey breast done within an hour’s time.

It gives you a side of fork-tender carrots and the most delicious from-scratch gravy.

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I've tested this recipe two times now and feel very confident with it. Especially since my husband proclaimed this recipe to be better then my oven-roasted recipe.

Your cooking times will vary a little bit depending on the size of your turkey breast. You can cook a 5.5-pound turkey breast for 20 minutes with a 10-minute rest time. Now, remember, you need to count on an additional 20-30 minutes for the Instant Pot to come to pressure before the count down on the 20 minute timer begins.

I like to start this recipe 1.5 hours before. I also like to let the turkey rest while the gravy is being made before I carve the turkey.

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I also want to note that I'm using a 6-quart Instant Pot. Before you go to cook your turkey breast I like to put it inside my Instant Pot to ensure it will fit inside.

If you have an 8-quart you can definitely cook a little bit larger of a turkey breast. The largest I've been able to cook to date is a 6.5-pound bone-in turkey breast.

To brine or not to brine? I tested this recipe both ways, and by far the winner of the two was the brined turkey breast. It was not only moist but much more flavorful.

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I recommend you let the turkey sit in brine for 12-24 hours. Brining not only gives the meat additional flavors, but it helps keep the white meat moist.

I'll gladly trade slaving over the oven for 2.5-3.5 hours for only an hour of cook time. This means no basting, turning, and all that jazz that comes with roasting a turkey in the oven.

My family doesn't eat the skin — so crispy skin isn't something I need to worry about. However, if you like crispy skin all you need to do is throw the cooked turkey breast under the broiler in your oven for 1-2 minutes or until golden brown.

Do not step away from your oven — watch that skin like a hawk watching its prey.

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So if you’re like me, and always trying to find ways to simplify your meals you will definitely want to try this recipe for Instant Pot Turkey Breast with Carrots and Homemade Gravy.

Looking to add to your feast? Try this recipe for buttermilk mashed potatoesgluten free green bean casseroleslow cooker honey glazed carrots, and whole wheat pumpkin dinner rolls.

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Instant Pot Turkey Breast with Carrots and Homemade Gravy Recipe

      8 Servings


  • 8 large Carrots
  • 5 1/2 pounds Turkey Breast, (bone-in)
  • 1 tablespoon Salted Butter, melted
  • 1/4 teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Sage
  • 1 teaspoon Dried Thyme
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Paprika
  • 1/2 cup Water
For the Gravy:
  • 1 cup Water
  • 1/4 cup Cornstarch
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste


  1. Peel and cut carrots in half. Place half in the Instant Pot and leave the other half out.
  2. Rinse and pat dry turkey breast (remove interior packaging if your bird has that). Place the turkey breast into the Instant Pot. Drizzle on the melted butter. Then in a small dish combine the black pepper, salt, dried ground sage, dried thyme leaves, garlic powder, onion powder, and paprika. Mix together.
  3. Then massage the rub onto the exterior of the bird. Tear open the skin and massage in the inside as well. Position the bird so it fits inside the Instant Pot. Then place the remaining carrots around the turkey. Pour 1/2 cup water in the Instant Pot and add the fresh thyme around the turkey breast.
  4. Close the lid and seal the pressure valve. Select "manual" and then press the up arrow button to 25 minutes. It will take 25-30 minutes just to get to pressure. Once the Instant Pot is done and beeps let it sit for 10-15 minutes before releasing pressure. Carefully remove the turkey and the carrots and let rest on a serving platter for an additional 10 minutes (while you’re making the gravy, tent the turkey breast with aluminum foil).
  5. To make the gravy: Place the Instant Pot on “sauté” mode. Let the turkey drippings begin to come to a boil. Make the slurry of cornstarch and water. Mix well and then begin to add the slurry to the Instant Pot whisking in until thickened to your desire. Taste the gravy and season with additional salt and pepper as needed.
  6. Cut the turkey with a carving knife and serve with carrots and homemade gravy on the side.


  • If you have a 5.5 lb boneless turkey breast you can reduce the cooking time by 5 minutes.


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Instant Pot
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Author: Katie Jasiewicz
Recipe Yields: 6-8 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 80 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe 8

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 11
Calories 611

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g
  Saturated Fat 1g
Sodium 4496mg
Total Carbohydrate 21g
  Dietary Fiber 3g
  Sugars 3g
Protein 110g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Katie Jasiewicz

About Katie

Katie is our resident one-pot meal fanatic, but you'll find that she's passionate about every kind of food, from dinners to desserts, on her blog Katie's Cucina.

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