IP Herb Butter Turkey Breast [VIDEO]

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Bursting with herb garlic flavor, the turkey breast cooked in an instant pot is a recipe to save and explore. The herb butter turkey breast is a modest recipe that impresses with its fine taste and mesmerizing herb aroma.

Turkey meat is one of the healthiest and most nutritious options. Besides its delicate taste and texture, turkey meat perfectly pairs with a wide range of ingredients. As a result, you can find numerous delicious recipes with turkey. Don’t miss the following:

Ingredients for Herb butter turkey breast

The long and explicit title of this appetizing recipe gives out almost all the ingredients involved. Let’s see below what exactly it takes to make a simple dish yet so delicious.

  • turkey breast. For this recipe, I used about half a breast of a turkey. It is big enough to feed a family of 4-6 people
  • herbs, the more the better, the fresher the better. Green herbs to use may vary. It all depends on your preferences. Here is what I prefer: parsley, cilantro, thyme, and rosemary. I missed the sage, but you may definitely add it.
  • butter. The fattest butter, the 82% one. Choose quality butter because that’s the ingredient that will coat the meat.
  • spices such as salt, pepper
  • garlic, and onion
  • water

As you can see for yourself, this herb butter turkey breast recipe is pretty much about these ingredients. We’re trying to always stay authentic and transparent in what we share with you, our dear reader.

How to prepare the herb butter?

Preparing the herb butter is super easy and fast, especially if you have a hand blender as a helper in the kitchen. Even if you don’t have one, you can still finely chop all the herbs and get the desired results. The first thing to start with is to make sure the butter is soft. That means it has to sit at room temperature for more than one hour. Or, use a microwave to soften it. Unfortunately, I can’t tell you what program to set on the microwave because I don’t know. I don’t own and don’t use a microwave, ever. I consider it does more harm to the food than good, so I removed it from my kitchen.

Getting back to the butter, let it become soft before using it. Wash the herbs, put the cilantro, parsley, thyme, and some rosemary needles all together in the blender and just pulse. You may also add some sage, mint, or chives.

Now put the softened butter and the minced herbs into one shared bowl. Season with salt, pepper, and some minced fresh garlic, and mix. Gently mix everything until everything becomes one. Velvety, aromatic, and soooo promising, the herb butter is ready to make the juiciest and most delicious herb butter turkey breast.

Note: Avoid using rosemary needles in the herb mix if you intend to spread it on bread and just enjoy it as it is. Rosemary has a woody texture, you might not like it that much.

How to cook the herb butter turkey breast in an Instant Pot?

Just like hundreds of other instant pot recipes, this herb butter turkey breast recipe made in an instant pot is done easily. By using the pressure cook program, the meat will get tender in less than half an hour.

Begin the cooking process by seasoning the turkey breast with plenty of salt and ground pepper on all sides. Then simply coat the meat with butter herb, If it doesn’t stick to the meat too well, don’t despair, you just do your job. The Instant pot will do its best upon pressure cooking.

Put the meat covered in aromatic butter into the pot and add one garlic head and one onion to it for an extra aroma. Now top the meat with plenty of herbs you have left and some whole pepper such as black and red. Add one cup of water to the pot and seal the pot with the lid. Set the pressure cooking program for poultry, indicate 20 minutes, and press the “start” button. let the magic begin!

Note: the cup of water added is for the gravy. If you don’t intend on making gravy for the turkey breast, you may avoid adding water to the turkey upon pressure cooking.

Once the timer beeps, release the steam and open the lid. The herb butter turkey breast is cooked!

Why roast herb butter turkey breast made in Instant Pot?

Although the turkey breast is perfectly cooked already, you might not be pleased with how it looks. Pressure cooking will make the meat delicious indeed, however, it will lack the crispiness, the golden surface, and the attractive face.

To transform this juicy and delicious plate into a beautiful serving as well, we need to have it roasted for a short time. You can either have it roasted in a preheated oven or in an air fryer for 10 minutes. That will make the herb butter turkey breast simply mouth-watering!

How to make gravy for the herb butter turkey breast?

You will see lots of liquids left in the instant pot, that is exactly what you need to make the gravy. Use a sieve to strain the liquid. Discard the herb part. You will notice that the melted fat, which is mostly the butter we’ve used before, sits like a hat on top of the juices you’ve just strained. Take a saucepan and set it on medium heat. Use a spoon to take that fatty hat and pour it into the saucepan. As soon as it starts boiling, add one tablespoon of flour and always stir. Then, pour the liquid from the cooking. You may add one teaspoon of soy sauce for color and taste. Let everything simmer for a couple of minutes on low heat then turn off the stove.

How to serve the herb butter turkey breast?

Cut the meat into equal slices and serve it with gravy or other sauces such as tzatziki or honey mustard. Pair the meat with salads such as Asian cucumber salad, Spinach avocado salad, or a simple and rustic tomato salad. Enjoy every single bite!

IP Herb Butter Turkey Breast

Turkey meat is one of the healthiest and most nutritious options. The herb butter turkey breast is a modest recipe that impresses with its fine taste and mesmerizing herb aroma.
3.67 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people
Calories 247 kcal


  • instant pot


  • 1/2 turkey Breast
  • 5 tbsp butter unsalted
  • 1 hadfull fresh herbs parsley, thyme, cilantro, rosemary needles
  • 1 head garlic
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground pepper


  • Wash and blend the herbs using a hand blender
  • Mix softened butter with herbs. Season with salt and ground pepper
  • Season turkey breast with salt and pepper
  • Cover the meat with herb butter
  • Place meat in the instant pot and add the onion and garlic
  • Add one cup of water if plan to make gravy, if not – skip the water
  • Seal with the lid and set pressure cook for 20 minutes
  • Release the steam and open the lid
  • Roast the meat for additional 10 minutes in the preheated oven or in an air fryer
  • Serve with gravy or other sauce


Calories: 247kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 22gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 9gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 90mgSodium: 897mgPotassium: 317mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 482IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 40mgIron: 1mg
Keyword butter herb turkey, turkey breast recipe
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Brenda December 8, 2022 - 6:13 pm

Can this recipe be done in a Pressure Cooker and not an Instant Pot?

Cookie December 13, 2022 - 8:29 am

Hello Brenda, of course, you can use a Pressure Cooker. I believe that cooking time stays the same.


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