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Instant Pot Turkey Bone Broth (Turkey Carcass Broth)

Canning jars full of bone broth with a napkin and a canning jar lid in the foreground
Instant Pot Turkey Bone Broth

Instant Pot Turkey Bone Broth (Turkey Carcass Broth). What do I do with this leftover turkey carcass? Stock up! It’s time to make a big batch of turkey broth.

Here’s another basic technique recipe, leftover from Thanksgiving. Which is appropriate, because I’m using up Thanksgiving leftovers.

Years ago, food writer Michael Ruhlman told me Thanksgiving is THE best time to make stock. He’s absolutely right. When else am I going to have a turkey’s worth of leftover roasted bones? Broth is culinary magic – liquid gold from nothing but scraps – and it freezes beautifully. I don’t feel like I’m ready for the holidays unless I have a freezer full of 2-cup containers of frozen broth.

(If there is more than one turkey – I have a large family, so I usually have at least two turkeys – I make one batch of broth and freeze the second carcass in a 2 gallon zip-top bag. Then I can make a second batch of broth whenever I have the time.)

Turkey broth works in a 6-quart Instant Pot, but the carcass has to be broken up a lot to make it fit. (I pull the backbone away from the ribcage – it’s quite a wrestling match.) An 8-Quart Instant Pot makes it easier to fit the carcass, and has extra room below the max fill line, so I can make more broth. And – last minute update – my new top pot for broth is the massive 10-Quart Instant Pot. It is wide enough that I can drop the whole turkey carcass in the pot – no breaking of backbones necessary.

Recipe: Instant Pot Turkey Bone Broth (Turkey Carcass Broth)

Inspired by: Thanksgiving Is the Best Time to Make Broth, Michael Ruhlman, []

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Canning jars full of bone broth with a napkin and a canning jar lid in the foreground

Instant Pot Turkey Bone Broth (Turkey Carcass Broth)

  • Author: Mike Vrobel
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes
  • Yield: 12 cups of broth 1x


Instant Pot Turkey Bone Broth (Turkey Carcass Broth). What do I do with this leftover turkey carcass? Stock up! It’s time to make a big batch of turkey broth.


  • Carcass from 1 roasted turkey, with clinging meat on bones (From a 12- to 16- pound turkey)
  • 1 medium onion, peeled and halved
  • 1 stalk celery, broken into pieces
  • 1 carrot, scrubbed
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 quarts of water (or to cover, or to the max fill line of the PC)


  1. Everything in the pot: Break up the turkey carcass so it fits below the max fill line of your Instant Pot or other pressure cooker. (Max fill is ⅔rds of the way up the pot if you don’t have a line). Add the onion, celery, carrot, bay leaves, and salt to the pressure cooker pot, then add water to cover by 1 inch, or to the max fill line on the pressure cooker. (About 3 quarts of water) 
  2. Pressure cook for 1 hour with a Natural Release: Cook on high pressure for 60 minutes in an electric or stovetop PC. (Use “Manual” or “Pressure Cook” mode in an Instant Pot.) Let the pressure come down naturally – at least 30 minutes. (It takes a long time for all that water to cool off. If you’re in a hurry, let the pressure come down for at least 20 minutes, then quick release any remaining pressure.)
  3. Strain and save the broth: Scoop the bones and vegetables out of the pot with a slotted spoon and discard. Strain the broth through a fine mesh strainer and discard the solids. Refrigerate the broth for up to 3 days, or freeze in 2-cup containers for up to 6 months.


  • Saving the broth: I freeze any broth I’m not going to use immediately in 2-cup and 4-cup containers, usually canning jars.
  • 8-Quart Instant Pot: Add 4 quarts of water (or to the max fill line), and an extra onion, stalk of celery, and carrot.
  • If you want to defat the broth, refrigerate overnight. The fat will rise to the top and solidify into a fat cap. Lift the fat cap off of the broth and discard, and what’s left is your defatted broth.
  • What do I use the broth for? See below for some Day-After-Thanksgiving soup suggestions.


  • Category: Building Blocks
  • Method: Pressure Cooker
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Instant Pot Turkey Bone Broth, Instant Pot Turkey Carcass Broth, Pressure Cooker Turkey Bone Broth, Pressure Cooker Turkey Carcass Broth

What do you think?

Questions? Other ideas? Leave them in the comments section below.

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Hi! I’m Mike Vrobel. I’m a dad and an enthusiastic home cook; an indie cookbook author and food blogger with a day job, a patient spouse, and three kids who would rather have hamburgers for dinner.


  1. Ginger says

    I’m so glad I found your recipe today! We had bone in turkey breast for Thanksgiving and I wanted to use the carcass to make a broth. Thanks for the clear, easy instructions! It came out great! Excited that I have some homemade bone broth. 🙂

  2. For some reason, I always add half a dozen whole black peppercorns when making stock (broth). No idea if it actually makes a difference 🙂

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