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Instant Pot Turkey Tenderloin

This easy turkey tenderloin Instant Pot recipe delivers perfect moist, flavor-packed results with almost zero effort. It’s quick and easy to prepare (only 6 ingredients!) and tastes delicious, making it the perfect meal to serve any night of the week.

Instant Pot turkey tenderloin on a white plate.

Why you’ll love Instant Pot turkey tenderloin

  • It’s super easy! With just six simple ingredients and no complicated prep, this recipe is a breeze to prepare.
  • It’s quick. The Instant Pot cooks the turkey breast in just a few minutes, so you can have a delicious and satisfying meal on the table in no time.
  • It’s juicy. Pressure-cooking turkey tenderloins locks in the moisture, keeping them super tender and juicy.

Scroll down for the printable card for this Instant Pot turkey tenderloin recipe, or read on for all the details. 

What do you need?

Ingredients for turkey tenderloins

Turkey tenderloins

I use Butterball all-natural turkey breast tenderloins, which have 2 tenderloins per pack. This is a good amount to serve 4 or 5, with leftovers. 

You could also use boneless turkey breast slices.

Chicken stock

Substitute chicken broth if you prefer (or turkey broth if you have it). You can also use water if you don’t have any stock or broth on hand (though the tenderloins won’t have quite as much flavor). 


This recipe uses lemon slices and lemon zest. Zest the lemon first, and then cut it into slices.  


You can use fresh or dried rosemary for this recipe. If you are using fresh rosemary, strip the leaves off the stem and chop finely before using. Add some fresh rosemary sprigs on top for extra flavor. 

Salt and pepper

This recipe uses simple salt and pepper to season the tenderloin. For extra flavor, you can use garlic salt if you prefer. 

You’ll also need an Instant Pot or another electric pressure cooker. The instructions below are for an Instant Pot but they should convert for any type of electric pressure cooker. 

How to cook turkey tenderloins in an Instant Pot

I promised you easy – and easy it is! There are just a few simple steps to getting this recipe just right:

  1. Add chicken stock to the pressure cooker bowl.
  2. Place turkey tenderloins in the pressure cooker on a bed of lemon slices (these keep the tenderloins elevated out of the liquid during cooking and flavors the juices that come out of the turkey that can be used to make gravy if you are so inclined)
  3. Pressure cook for 18 minutes
  4. Briefly, broil/grill if you like to brown the outside.
Raw turkey tenderloins in Instant Pot.
Pour stock into the Instant Pot bowl, add the lemon slices, and place the turkey tenderloins on top.
Pressure cooked turkey tenderloins in an Instant Pot.
Pressure cook turkey tenderloins in the Instant Pot on high for 18 minutes.

Once the tenderloins have finished cooking (while they are under the broiler), you can use the cooking liquid in the pressure cooker to make a simple gravy:

  • Mix ½ tablespoon of cornstarch with ½ tablespoon of cold water to make a slurry.
  • Switch the Instant Pot to “Saute,” and slowly add the corn starch slurry to the liquid in the Instant Pot and stir.
  • Allow it to simmer, stirring frequently for around 5 minutes until the gravy has thickened to your liking.

Or try this recipe for making gravy from stock

Instant Pot turkey tenderloin on a white plate with lemon slices and herbs.

Serving ideas

Serve turkey tenderloin slathered with homemade gravy or topped with garlic butter, with a bit of cranberry sauce on the side. 

For some great side dishes to go with this recipe, try: 

Storing and reheating

Store any leftover turkey tenderloin in an air-tight container in the refrigerator, and use it within 3 days. 

You can reheat leftover tenderloins in the microwave – 2-3 minutes on high, and check that the temperature reaches 165°F/ 74°C in the center.

Instant Pot turkey tenderloin on a white plate.

Instant Pot Turkey Tenderloin

4.9 from 9 votes
This easy turkey tenderloin Instant Pot recipe delivers perfect moist, flavor-packed results with almost zero effort. It's quick and easy to prepare (only 6 ingredients!) and tastes delicious, making it the perfect meal to serve any night of the week.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time18 minutes
Total Time33 minutes
Serves4 Servings


  • 1 cup chicken stock (or chicken broth)
  • 1 lemon (zested and sliced)
  • lb / 680 g turkey breast tenderloins
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon finely chopped fresh rosemary (/ dried rosemary)


  • Pour the cup of chicken stock into the Instant Pot stainless steel pot, and add the lemon slices to the bottom of the pot.
  • Place the turkey tenderloins into the bottom of the pot on top of the lemon slices.
  • Sprinkle the tenderloins with salt, pepper, rosemary and lemon zest.
  • Place the lid on the Instant Pot, with the value to 'sealing'.
  • Set the pressure cooker to 'manual' or 'pressure cook', and cook on 'high' for 18 minutes. When the cooking time is complete, let the pressure cooker naturally release.
  • Check the internal temperature of the tenderloin using an instant-read meat thermometer. The target temperature is 165°F/ 74°C.
  • Optional: brown the tenderloin under the broiler for 5-10 minutes (while you make gravy)


Serving: 1  Calories: 105kcal  Carbohydrates: 2g  Protein: 8g  Fat: 7g  Saturated Fat: 3g  Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g  Cholesterol: 24mg  Sodium: 480mg  Sugar: 1g

Nutrition information is an estimate and provided for informational purposes only.

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