Streamline Thanksgiving with Instant Pot® turkey: cook a frozen spice-rubbed turkey over a gravy of apples, onions, broth, and Wondra®.

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
1 hr 10 mins
additional:
10 mins
total:
1 hr 35 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
1 turkey breast
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Spice Rub:

Directions

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  • Turn on a multi-cooker (such as Instant Pot®) and the select Saute function. Melt butter in the pot. Saute onion, apple, and celery until onion and celery are slightly translucent, about 5 minutes. Add broth; scrape off bits from the bottom of the pot. Add gravy mix; stir until dissolved.

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  • Combine kosher salt, thyme, rosemary, black pepper, sage, and garlic powder in a small bowl. Rub onto the turkey breast.

  • Lower a trivet into the pot; place seasoned turkey on top. Close and lock the lid. Select high pressure according to manufacturer's instructions; set timer for 50 minutes. Allow 10 to 15 minutes for pressure to build.

  • Release pressure using the natural-release method according to manufacturer's instructions, 10 to 40 minutes.

  • Mix water and quick-mixing flour together slowly in a bowl until slurry is smooth.

  • Unlock the lid and open the pot; transfer turkey to a plate. Strain the liquid from the pot; return it to the pot and select Saute function. Bring to a boil. Stir in the slurry slowly until gravy is thickened to your satisfaction. Slice turkey and serve with gravy.

Cook's Note:

After the turkey is done cooking, you can set it under the broiler until skin is crisped to your liking.

Nutrition Facts

496 calories; protein 59.3g; carbohydrates 19.3g; fat 19.2g; cholesterol 158.8mg; sodium 1338.5mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (19)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
11/29/2017
I had to try this (frozen) and everyone loved it! I too wondered about the gravy packet but I ran it under cold water a few seconds and it popped right off when I slid a paring knife between the packet and the breast. I also left the string wrap on since it was frozen onto the turkey. The only issue I had was that the seasonings didn't stick to the frozen breast. I rubbed on what I could and dumped the rest in. The gravy was thinner than I like it but when I reheated it the next day it was thicker. I found the gravy to be very tasty and not too sweet as one reviewer said. All in all great recipe without changing a thing. I'm now wondering what to do with the leftover "veggies"--use in soup maybe? Read More
(5)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
09/30/2018
For starters I love the idea of cooking turkey in the instant pot however I am not sure about cooking frozen turkey or chicken in the instant pot. This is the second time I have cooked frozen poultry in the instant pot and the texture is strange. Is it under cooked? Is it cooked? Overcooked? My thermometer read a safe temperature but the middle was pink while the ends were dry & over cooked. The flavors were ok. The rosemary overpowered the entire dish definitely cut that in half. I follow the recipe exactly and for how expensive a boneless butterball turkey is I will not be cooking it in the instant pot again. Read More
(2)
22 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 13
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
11/28/2017
I had to try this (frozen) and everyone loved it! I too wondered about the gravy packet but I ran it under cold water a few seconds and it popped right off when I slid a paring knife between the packet and the breast. I also left the string wrap on since it was frozen onto the turkey. The only issue I had was that the seasonings didn't stick to the frozen breast. I rubbed on what I could and dumped the rest in. The gravy was thinner than I like it but when I reheated it the next day it was thicker. I found the gravy to be very tasty and not too sweet as one reviewer said. All in all great recipe without changing a thing. I'm now wondering what to do with the leftover "veggies"--use in soup maybe? Read More
(5)
Rating: 5 stars
01/28/2018
I made it exactly as written and it was very tasty! The whole family enjoyed it. I did allow the turkey breast to defrost just slightly so it would be moist on the outside. This allowed the seasoning to stick better. Will definitely make this again! Read More
(3)
Rating: 2 stars
09/30/2018
For starters I love the idea of cooking turkey in the instant pot however I am not sure about cooking frozen turkey or chicken in the instant pot. This is the second time I have cooked frozen poultry in the instant pot and the texture is strange. Is it under cooked? Is it cooked? Overcooked? My thermometer read a safe temperature but the middle was pink while the ends were dry & over cooked. The flavors were ok. The rosemary overpowered the entire dish definitely cut that in half. I follow the recipe exactly and for how expensive a boneless butterball turkey is I will not be cooking it in the instant pot again. Read More
(2)
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Rating: 2 stars
11/23/2018
well I used the "frozen" turkey and followed the directions setting the instant pot for 50 mins and it did not cook all the way through. the ends appeared to be cooked but a couple slices in it was still raw in the middle. I put it back in with broth and did it for 15 more mins. cooked through this time but the overall taste was a little lacking or maybe that's just how turkey is supposed to be... since we only eat this during holidays... will think twice about doing this one again... Read More
(1)
Rating: 4 stars
11/24/2017
This made a good turkey. I love that you can cook something from frozen in the Instant Pot! The apple made the gravy oddly sweet so I will skip that next time. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
07/31/2019
I only used onions in mine. But everything else we did as you said. We served it to our friends and they like use loved it! We will definitely make this again! Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
05/01/2018
I followed the directions exactly. Completely raw in the centre when cooked as directed. I have never been dissatisfied with an allrecipes recipe before. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
08/30/2018
I cooked turkey for 55 minutes. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
08/28/2018
It was just what I needed for a busy night!!! Quick and easy and no defrosting before hand. The turkey was so flavorful with the rub. Read More
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