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How To Cook a Frozen Turkey in the Instant Pot

Even if your turkey is still frozen, you can cook it in the Instant Pot and have it turn out perfectly!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr 25 mins
Pressurize time & natural release40 mins
Total Time2 hrs 15 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Easy Thanksgiving Turkey Recipes, Holiday Turkey, How to Cook a Turkey, Instant Pot, Instant Pot Turkey Breast, Thanksgiving Recipes
Servings: 7
Calories: 454kcal
Author: Camille Beckstrand


  • Instant Pot (or Pressure Cooker)
  • basting brush (optional)


  • 6 pound turkey breast (anywhere from 3-11 pounds will work; plan on 1 pound per person)
  • ¼ cup butter melted
  • seasonings, to taste salt, pepper, rosemary, thyme, garlic powder, onion powder
  • 15 ounces chicken broth


  • 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).
  • Place the frozen turkey in the Instant Pot.
  • Rub (or brush) melted butter on all sides of the turkey.
  • Top 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 careful to not pour it directly on the turkey and wash all the seasonings off (you could also pour the chicken broth in before you place the turkey inside the Instant Pot).
  • Place the lid on the Instant Pot, push the MANUAL button, and set the timer for 1 hour and 25 minutes (more or less depending on how big your turkey is - see notes for details).
  • When cooking is finished, allow for a natural release for 20 minutes. Move valve to VENTING and release any remaining pressure.
  • Remove turkey and let rest for about 10 minutes, then slice and serve.
  • If desired, use drippings to make a gravy (see notes below).
  • If you want a crispier skin, place the turkey in an oven-safe pan and broil in the oven for 1-3 minutes until it reaches the crisp you desire.


Cook time will depend on the size of your turkey:
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
You can cook up to a 7 lb turkey in a 6 quart Instant Pot and up to a 10 lb turkey in an 8 quart Instant Pot.
Here is our recipe for homemade turkey gravy: https://www.sixsistersstuff.com/recipe/how-to-make-turkey-gravy-from-scratch/


Calories: 454kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 84g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 227mg | Sodium: 1081mg | Potassium: 989mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 280IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 60mg | Iron: 2mg