It can sometimes take days to completely thaw a turkey, but today we are sharing how you can cook a completely frozen turkey in your Instant Pot in 1-2 hours (depending on the size of your turkey!).
We have already shared how to cook a Thanksgiving turkey, but maybe you don’t need a whole turkey or don’t need to feed a ton of people! This instant pot turkey breast recipe will be one of your all-time favorite instant pot recipes. The natural turkey drippings at the bottom of the pot mixed with fresh herbs will be the best part of your Thanksgiving. This is a great way to make a great recipe that will impress everyone who eats!
There are so many different ways to cook turkey but my favorite way is using an instant pot pressure cooker. I use my instant pot for easy recipes all the time and this is the easiest way for me to make a delicious meal fit for Thanksgiving. This is especially helpful if this is your first time or second time cooking a delicious turkey. This will satisfy a small crowd and leave you smiling!
Ingredients needed to cook a frozen turkey in the Instant Pot:
- 1 (4-10 pound) turkey breast (plan on about a pound per guest)
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1 (15 ounce) can chicken broth
- seasonings of choice: salt, pepper, rosemary, thyme, garlic powder, garlic powder
How to cook a frozen turkey in the Instant Pot:
Place trivet in the bottom of the Instant Pot.
Cut the netting and packaging off of the turkey.
Remove the gravy packet (if there is one).
If you are struggling to get the gravy packet out of the turkey because it’s frozen, you can run it under hot water to loosen it enough to pull it out. However, keep in mind that you will need to disinfect your sink after as a general rule of thumb.
Place the frozen turkey in the Instant Pot.
Rub (or brush) melted butter on all sides of the turkey.
Seasoning the turkey with all the seasonings, trying to cover as much of the surface of the turkey as possible.
Pour chicken broth in the bottom of the Instant Pot, being sure to not pour the chicken broth directly on top of the turkey and wash the seasonings off.
Place the lid on the Instant Pot, push the MANUAL button, and set the timer depending on how big your turkey is.
Here is a breakdown of how long to cook a frozen turkey in the Instant Pot:
- 3-4 lbs: 65 mins
- 4-5 lbs: 70 min
- 5-6 lbs: 75 mins
- 6-7 lbs: 80 mins
- 7-8 lbs: 85 mins
- 8-9 lbs: 90 mins
- 9-10 lbs: 95 mins
- 10-11 lbs: 100 mins
Let the pressure naturally release for 20 minutes, then move the valve to VENTING and release any remaining pressure.
Remove turkey and let rest for about 10 minutes, then slice and serve.
Use drippings in pot to make a delicious homemade gravy (get our recipe here!).
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