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Instant Pot Whole Turkey

Did you know that you can cook a juicy and delicious Thanksgiving turkey in your pressure cooker? This Instant Pot Whole Turkey recipe is perfect for busy families! You get all the amazing flavors of a Thanksgiving turkey with half the work.

Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Keyword best turkey recipe, healthy thanksgiving recipes, how to cook turkey, instant pot turkey, keto thanksgiving recipes, thanksgiving turkey, whole turkey recipes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 331 kcal
Author Kelly


  • 7-8 lb turkey fresh or fully thawed, rinsed & patted dry with insides removed
  • freshly ground black pepper and coarse sea salt or Kosher salt, to taste
  • 1 tsp dried sage
  • 1 tsp dried rosemary
  • 1 tsp dried thyme or sub your favorite seasoning mix
  • 1 medium onion sliced into quarters
  • 2 stalks celery cut into thirds
  • 2 medium carrots cut into large chunks
  • 3 cloves garlic cut into halves
  • 1 dried bay leaf
  • 1 cup chicken broth


  1. Season the outside and inside of the turkey with kosher salt and black pepper. Rub preferred spices on the outside skin of the turkey.

  2. Put half of the onion and one clove of garlic inside the cavity of the turkey.

  3. Add the remaining vegetables to the bottom of the inner pot of an 8-quart Instant Pot. Place the trivet on top of the vegetables.

  4. Tuck the wings under the turkey, then set the turkey on top of the trivet.

  5. Lock the lid and push the steam valve to the sealing position. Then, press the High Pressure or Manual button and set the time for 46 minutes (about 6 minutes per pound of turkey). Allow the turkey to naturally release for 10 minutes, then release the rest of the pressure by pushing the steam valve to venting.

  6. Carefully open the lid and allow to cool for 5 minutes before carefully transferring the turkey to a large baking sheet. Baste the skin with oil or drippings from the Instant Pot and top with more dried herbs, if desired.

  7. Broil the turkey for about 5 minutes, or until golden, watching closely to make sure the skin does not burn.

Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Whole Turkey
Amount Per Serving
Calories 331 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Cholesterol 162mg54%
Sodium 354mg15%
Potassium 603mg17%
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 49g98%
Vitamin A 2200IU44%
Vitamin C 4mg5%
Calcium 39mg4%
Iron 2mg11%
* Nutrition facts are provided as a courtesy using the WPRM recipe calculator. It is best to make your own calculations to ensure accuracy. We expressly disclaim any and all liability of any kind with respect to any act or omission wholly or in part in reliance on anything contained in this website. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.