Skip to Content

Home » Main Dish » Instant Pot Frozen Turkey Breast

Instant Pot Frozen Turkey Breast

This post may contain affiliate links. Please read our disclosure policy.

Is your turkey still frozen and your looking for a fast way to get dinner on the table? This recipe for an instant pot frozen turkey breast can save your day.

Instant pot frozen turkey breast sliced and served with gravy

Instant pot frozen turkey breast sliced and served with gravy

Save a bunch of time and space in the oven by cooking a turkey breast in the instant pot. And don’t worry if you didn’t thaw the turkey breast. You can cook a turkey breast from frozen to perfectly cooked and juicy in an hour.

HOW TO COOK A FROZEN TURKEY BREAST IN A PRESSURE COOKER

A pressure cooker can create a tender, juicy piece of meat as long as it doesn’t get over-cooked. You might be tempted to add a few minutes of extra time just to be certain that the turkey breast gets completely cooked. However, if you add unnecessary time, even a pressure cooker will cook out all the yummy juices from the meat.

So don’t over-think it and don’t over-cook it. The process is really very easy. All you have to do is add the trivet to the bottom of the instant pot (or whatever pressure cooker you are using).

Next, add some herbs and veggies for flavoring. We added onion, celery, carrot, garlic, thyme, and sage. Set the frozen turkey breast on top of the veggies then pour in a little chicken broth.

Now all you have to do is select high pressure and set the timer. The instant pot will take about 12 to 15 minutes to come up to pressure then the cook time will begin.

When it is finished cooking, release the pressure and check the internal temperature of the turkey.

Instant pot frozen turkey breast

Instant pot frozen turkey breast

HOW LONG DO YOU COOK A FROZEN TURKEY BREAST IN THE PRESSURE COOKER

The cooking time will depend on how big your turkey breast is. For a bone-in turkey breast, it will take 12 minutes per pound on high pressure. That cooking time is for sea level. If you live at higher altitudes, you will need to adjust the cooking time.

If you live at 4,000 feet you will need to cook the frozen turkey breast for 14 minutes per pound and if you live at 5,000 feet you will need to cook it for 15 minutes per pound. Basically, you need to increase the cooking time by 5% for every 1,000 feet of elevation.

Regardless of how long you cook the frozen turkey breast, make sure you check the temperature when it is finished. Once the pressure has been released, remove the lid and stick an instant-read thermometer into the thickest part of the turkey breast.

If the thermometer does not register at least 165°F, you will need to put the lid back on and set the instant pot back to high pressure for at least another 5 minutes. It will really depend on how close the turkey was to the proper temperature.

Instant pot frozen turkey breast

Frozen turkey breast ready for the instant pot

HOW TO GET CRISPY BROWN SKIN AFTER COOKING IN AN INSTANT POT

The downside to cooking a turkey breast in the instant pot is that you won’t get a crisp brown skin. If you want a pretty brown and crisp skin then place the turkey breast under the broiler. It will only take 3 or 4 minutes to brown the skin.

WHAT SIZE TURKEY BREAST FITS IN AN INSTANT POT?

That all depends on the size of your instant pot. Obviously, a larger instant pot will hold a larger turkey breast. I have this 6-quart Instant Pot. The inner diameter of the pot is 8.5 inches across and it is 6 inches tall.

The absolute largest frozen turkey breast that would fit in my 6-quart Instant Pot was a 4-1/2 pound turkey breast

Now, I suppose a larger turkey breast would fit in the pot if the turkey breast had a different shape but I doubt you could get too much larger than 4-1/2 pounds in a 6-quart pot. 

How to get the frozen gravy packet out 

Some frozen turkey breasts come with a packet of gravy stuffed inside them. You will need to remove that packet before you cook the turkey. In order to do that, run the turkey under a stream of water for a few minutes. That should loosen the meat around the packet enough to pull it out. 

Instant pot frozen turkey breast

Instant pot frozen turkey breast

SOME OTHER RECIPES WE ARE SURE YOU WILL LOVE:

Herbed Pot Roast

Herbed Pot Roast

Herbed pot roast

Ricotta Mashed Potatoes

Ricotta Mashed Potatoes

Creamy Ricotta Mashed Potatoes

Homemade Cranberry Sauce

Homemade Cranberry Sauce

Fresh homemade cranberry sauce

Pumpkin Flan Napolitano with Rum Caramel Sauce

Pumpkin flan Napolitano with Rum Caramel Sauce

Pumpkin flan Napolitano with Rum Caramel Sauce

 

CONNECT WITH SAVOR THE BEST!

Be sure to follow us on our social media accounts

Facebook * Instagram *  Pinterest * Twitter * Youtube

Did you make this recipe? We would love to hear from you. Drop us a comment below.

 

Instant pot frozen turkey breast sliced and served with gravy

Instant Pot Frozen Turkey Breast

Yield: 4-1/2 pound turkey breast
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Cook a frozen turkey breast in an hour with your instant pot.

Ingredients

  • 4-1/2 pound frozen turkey breast (bone in)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 onion quartered
  • 1 carrot, sliced into large chunks
  • 2 celery ribs, sliced into large chunks
  • 5 to 6 garlic cloves
  • 1 sprig of fresh sage.

Instructions

  1. Rub the turkey with butter then sprinkle it with the salt and pepper. Place the trivet in the bottom of the instant pot and add the broth, onion, carrots, celery, garlic, and herbs. 
  2. Place the turkey on top of the veggies. Put the lid on the instant pot and select high pressure for 60 minutes. 
  3. When it is done cooking, allow the pressure to release naturally for about 5 minutes then manually release the rest of the pressure. 
  4. The turkey skin will not brown in the pressure cooker. If you want crispy brown skin then turn the oven broiler on high. Set the turkey under the broiler for 3 to 5 minutes until the skin is brown. 

Notes

  1. If your turkey breast has a gravy packet then run the breast under cold water to loosen the opening of the breast enough to remove the gravy packet.
  2. When the pressure is released from the instant pot, check the internal temperature of the turkey with a meat thermometer. It should read at least 165°F. If it is lower than that then replace the lid and cook under high pressure for 5 to 10 more minutes.
  3. If you have a different sized turkey breast adjust the cooking time accordingly. It will take 12 minutes per pound to cook your frozen turkey breast. 
  4. If your turkey is already thawed it will only need to cook for 6 minutes per pound. 
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 3/4 of a pound
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 389Total Fat: 12gCholesterol: 180mgSodium: 1800mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 0.4gProtein: 65g

Click here to follow us on Instagram!

Please leave a comment on the blog or share a photo on Instagram

collage for gift ideas for the kitchen
Gift Ideas for the Kitchen
← Read Last Post
Plate of cigar-shaped florentine cookies with red ribbon
Email Series: 5 Secrets to Perfect Christmas Cookies
Read Next Post →

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Dominique Saling

Thursday 26th of November 2020

Perfect! I was so skeptical but it worked great 👍 I have the bigger instant pot so was able to fit the seven lb frozen turkey, at elevation so adjusted to 1:40 min and then broiled for five. It was perfect! You saved thanksgiving.

Dahn Boquist

Thursday 26th of November 2020

That's great to hear! Thanks for the comment and happy Thanksgiving!

Kristin

Tuesday 20th of October 2020

How much time do you cook a boneless frozen turkey breast? I looked in the post but I didn’t see that mentioned. I hope I didn’t overlook that. I apologize if I did!

Dahn Boquist

Wednesday 21st of October 2020

A boneless turkey breast will take about 11 minutes per pound if you cook it from frozen. Thanks for the question

Nanny B

Tuesday 9th of June 2020

If using an 8 qt Instapot, would the cooking time and liquid amount remain the same? I have an 8 qt and a 7 pound bone in frozen turkey breast. Thank you sharing your wonderful recipes and any advice that you might lend.

Dahn Boquist

Tuesday 9th of June 2020

Thanks for the question. The cooking time and liquid will be the same with an 8 quart Instant Pot.Since it is 7 pounds it should need 1 hour and 20 minutes at high pressure if it is frozen or about 42 minutes if it is thawed. Hope that helps

Sherie

Sunday 12th of April 2020

This is the second time I've made this now and it turned out wonderful both times! It took me almost an hour this time to sift through and find your recipe again, but it was so worth it!!! Now I've pinned it so I won't have to search again next time. Your times are spot on...to the minute. This time, based on a recent incident with a meatloaf and my instapot, I went against your advice and added 2 minutes onto your time calculations for my turkey and it turned out a little bit dry. Not but just not as juicy and tender as the first time. So lesson learned...next time I'm following your times exactly! Thank you for sharing your knowledge, experience and a great recipe with everyone!!!

Dahn Boquist

Sunday 12th of April 2020

That is great to hear! Thanks for your comment

Megan Sucher

Wednesday 6th of November 2019

How did everyone get their frozen turkey to cook?! Mine was still frozen in the center after 40 minutes.

Dahn Boquist

Wednesday 6th of November 2019

Hi Megan the recipe is for the turkey to cook for 60 minutes, not 40. You can still cook it though but only give it another 20 minutes.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.