Instant Pot Turkey Giblet and Wing broth. How do I make turkey broth before Thanksgiving? I pressure cook the neck and giblets from my turkey, and add in some extra turkey wings.
Here’s another quick Thanksgiving week recipe, sharing one of my key prep steps - making Turkey broth.
I need lots of broth for Thanksgiving gravy and stuffing. Sure, I could make chicken broth, or wimp out and buy it at the store.1 On the one hand, using chicken feels like cheating. On the other hand…how do I get a batch of turkey broth without cooking a turkey first?
If I’m just making gravy, I use the neck and giblets - the parts stuffed into the cavity of the bird - so they don’t go to waste. But that’s not enough turkey parts to flavor a big batch of broth. The penny dropped when I saw the pack of turkey wings at my grocery store. Wings are cheap(ish), and mostly skin and bones, exactly what I need to bulk up the giblets and make a big pot of broth.
So, here is the turkey broth I’m making *before* Thanksgiving. Which brings me to my annual reminder - save the bones from your Thanksgiving turkey to make another big batch of broth for after thanksgiving turkey soup.
Instant Pot Turkey Giblet and Wing BrothPrint
Instant Pot Turkey Giblet and Wing Broth. How do I make turkey broth before Thanksgiving? I pressure cook the neck and giblets from my turkey, and add in some extra turkey wings.
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- Turkey neck, heart, gizzard, butt (Do not use the liver)
- 2 pounds turkey wings
- 1 large onion, halved
- 1 stalk celery, broken to fit in the pot
- 1 large carrot, scrubbed
- 8 cups water
- 2 teaspoons fine sea salt
- 2 bay leaves
- Brown the turkey giblets: Heat the vegetable oil in an Instant Pot set to sauté mode adjusted to high (medium-high heat in a stovetop pressure cooker). When the oil starts shimmering, add the turkey giblets - the neck, heart, gizzard, and butt. Cook without moving until browned on the bottom, about 3 minutes.
- Everything in the pot: Add the turkey wings, onion, celery, and carrot to the pot. Pour in the water, sprinkle in the salt, and float the bay leaves on top.
- Pressure cook for 60 minutes with a Natural Release: Lock the lid on the pot and cook at high pressure for 60 minutes. (That’s “Manual” or Pressure Cook mode in an Instant Pot.) Let the pressure come down naturally, about 40 minutes. (If you’re in a hurry, you can quick release any remaining pressure after 20 minutes.)
- Strain and save: Scoop out as much of the solids as you can with a slotted spoon and discard. (They’ve given their all to the broth - though I do occasionally save a wing as a chef’s treat.) Strain the broth through a fine mesh stainer - if you have a second inner pot, it is the perfect size to strain into. Use the broth immediately, or pour into 2 cup containers and refrigerate for up to 4 days, or freeze for up to 6 months.
- Because of the long cooking time, these giblets are not really useable in gravy. I’m fine with that - I’ll make my gravy and just skip the giblets. If you want to use the giblets in gravy, cook the broth at high pressure for 30 minutes.
- If you’re lucky enough to have a store that sells turkey necks, get extra necks instead of the wings. They work great, and are usually cheaper.
- If you want to go with turkey drumsticks instead of the wings, that works too - but I like the higher ratio of bone and skin to meat that I get on the wings; it gives the broth more body. (That is, more gelatin - it comes from the connective tissue in the wings and the skin.)
- Small batch: If you only need 4 cups of broth, you can go with the neck and giblets from a turkey. (Or 2 pounds of wings).
- Large batch: Scale up to 12 cups of water by adding an extra onion and pound of wings. Scale up to 16 cups of water by doubling the recipe - but you’ll need an 8-quart Instant Pot. Also, sub in an extra pound of wings instead of doubling the giblets, unless you’re lucky enough to have two turkeys.
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 105 minutes
- Category: Building Blocks
- Method: Pressure Cooker
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: Instant Pot Turkey Giblet and Wing Broth, Pressure Cooker Turkey Giblet and Wing Broth
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- Not that there’s anything wrong with store-bought broth or homemade chicken broth for Thanksgiving. There’s enough involved in a Big Thanksgiving Dinner; if a carton or two of low-sodium chicken broth make it work for you, hold your head high and use them. ↩