Pressure Cooker Turkey with Dijon Gravy

Substituting Chicken: Use bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs or legs. Follow the recipe as written, but reduce pressure cooking time to 15 minutes.

  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings


  • 2 1/2 to 3 pounds bone-in turkey thighs, legs, wings, or bone-in half breasts (any combo you like)
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil, such as avocado or canola
  • 2 medium onions, sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme (or two teaspoons fresh thyme leaves)
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley, to garnish

Special equipment:


1 Sear the turkey: Pat the turkey dry with a paper towel. Season them on all sides with the salt and pepper.

Select the “Sauté” setting on your pressure cooker and heat the oil. (Or sear on the stovetop if your pressure cooker doesn't have this setting.)

Sear the turkey parts in batches, taking care not to crowd the pan too much. Sear thighs and half-breasts for about 5 minutes, skin side down; sear legs or wings for about 6 mins total, flipped once halfway through.

Use a pair of tongs to transfer the turkey parts to a dish as each batch is done.

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2 Cook the onions and add the liquid: Add the onions and garlic to the now empty pressure cooker. Sauté until the onions begin to soften and turn translucent, about 5 minutes.

Stir in the wine, broth, mustard, and thyme. When it comes to a simmer, add in the turkey parts in a single layer (it’s ok if they overlap a bit).

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3 Pressure cook the turkey: Secure the lid on the pressure cooker and make sure the pressure release valve set to its “sealing” position. Cancel the "Sauté" program, then select the “Poultry,” “Pressure Cook,” or “Manual” setting, and set the cooking time to 30 minutes at high pressure. (The pot will take about 10 minutes to come up to pressure and then the cooking time will begin.)

When the cooking program finishes, let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes, then release the remaining pressure by moving release valve to its “venting” position.

When the pressure has fully released, open the pot. Use a pair of tongs to transfer the turkey to a serving dish.

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4 Make the gravy: Sprinkle the flour over the onions and cooking liquid in the pot. Use an immersion blender to blend the mixture into a smooth gravy. (If you don't have an immersion blender, transfer the gravy to a regular blender, blend, and return to the pot; be careful when blending hot liquids.)

Cancel the cooking program, and select the “Sauté” setting again. Bring the gravy up to a simmer and continue simmering for about two minutes, until it has thickened. Turn off the pot.

Pressure Cooker Turkey with Dijon Gravy

5 Serve: Ladle some of the gravy over the turkey and garnish with chopped parsley. Serve hot, with the rest of the gravy on the side.

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  • Lydia willig

    Can I use boneless skinless turkey thighs? What would the cooking time be?

  • Heather

    I made this today (yup, just a few days before Thanksgiving), to clean out the fridge of some extra meat I had purchased for a church potluck. I used turkey thighs and it turned out great! I really like it…and although I am a die-hard giblet gravy follower, this gravy was delicious. I think I will try this same recipe with a turkey breast in a few days…


  • Cathy

    This sounds good and easy to make. But I’m wondering How long would boneless skinless turkey breast need to cook?

  • Sally

    Turned out great! Since there are only two of us, made 2 thighs, skin removed with the same amount of sauce, because who can have too much gravy? Cooled 25 minutes instead of 30 and put some large halved gold potatoes in the stream basket above the turkey. Thanks for sharing!!

  • Alfred

    Sounds great but the skin will be flaccid and not crisp because it will be cooked under pressure.

  • Ronney Sakoda

    Will this recipe work with an old time stovetop pressure cooker?

  • Doreen

    Hoe much does this pot cost

    • Emma Christensen

      Hi, Doreen! The Instant Pot retails for around $120.

    • Chuck

      Hi Doreen, you can find specials on them and they don’t have to be instant pot, I bought a crock pot pressure cooker on the target app last year around this time for around $50. Shop around and find what is best for you.

  • Alida @My Little Italian Kitchen

    My pressure cooker is my best friend, I use it so often. Thanks for this yummy turkey recipe looks very tasty!

  • Speed Testera

    Looks so delicious. Definitely my ingredients. Have a nice day.

  • Nicole | Dehydrator Diva

    This looks great. Love dijon in a gravy!

  • Pamela Whelan

    I’m so glad you’re including more pressure cooking recipes. Just got an Instant Pot!