Instant Pot turkey stock recipe made with leftover turkey carcass. This super easy, nutritious stock adds rich turkey flavor to gravy, soup, and casseroles. Recipe includes pressure cooker and stove instructions.
This easy Instant Pot turkey stock recipe uses leftover turkey bones, fresh vegetables, seasonings, and water all in one pot. Super easy! Also known as “liquid gold”, turkey broth deepens the flavor of soup, gravy, mashed potatoes, risotto, Shepherd's Pie, or any recipe that calls for turkey stock. I use the bones from my roast turkey breast or air fryer turkey, which yields about ½ lb. bones. This turns into 12 cups of stock.
- leftover turkey carcass - These are simply the bones from leftover turkey carcass. You don't even need a whole turkey carcass to make turkey stock. A small 2-4 lb. breast half provides enough bones to yield 3 quarts of stock (recipe below).
- onion, carrots, and celery - This is the flavor trifecta!
- garlic cloves - There's no need to peel garlic for this recipe, but do crush the cloves to release juices.
- thyme, rosemary, and sage - Preferably fresh, but dried herbs will work too.
- sea salt and whole black peppercorns - You can opt for no salt and add it to taste.
Turkey stock Instant Pot instructions
Your leftover turkey bones are used to make this delicious and easy turkey stock recipe. Here's how:
Step 1: Cut bones into smaller pieces to fit your stock pot.
Step 2: Don't bother peeling produce for this recipe. Coarsely chop the onions, carrots, and celery. Smash the garlic to release the juices.
Step 3: Put everything into a 4 quart soup pot or 6 quart Instant Pot.
Step 4: If stove cooking: Bring everything to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer on the lowest heat setting for 3-4 hours. If pressure cooking: Pressure cook on low for 60 minutes and allow a natural pressure release (about 30 minutes).
Step 5: Once the stock has finished cooking, cool down and strain into containers. Discard the solid ingredients. Refrigerate or freeze until ready to use.
How to use turkey stock
Use pressure cooker turkey stock as the liquid ingredient in gravy, soups and stews, cooking dried beans, mashed potatoes, Thanksgiving stuffing, risotto, and Shepherd's Pie. Anytime a cooking liquid is required for just about any recipe, you can use stock.
Storing and freezing turkey stock
Allow to cool completely and refrigerate up to 5 days or freeze up to 90 days (or longer if vacuum sealed). Here are some storage options:
- 1 quart wide mouth canning jars with plastic lids
- 1 quart freezer bags and bag stand aka Baggy Rack
- food sealer bags
- ice cube trays (you would need quite a few for this recipe)
Note: I use the canning jars for the refrigerator and freezer safe containers or zip top bags to save space. Ice cube trays are another way to freeze turkey stock.
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Instant Pot Turkey Stock
- ½ pound Turkey Carcass, or Turkey Breast Carcass
- 1 medium Onion, unpeeled and halved
- 1 large Carrot, coarsely chopped
- 2 ribs Celery, coarsely chopped
- 5 cloves Garlic, smashed
- 3-4 sprigs Fresh Thyme, or ½ tsp dried
- 1 sprig Fresh Rosemary, or ¼ tsp dried
- 5-7 Fresh Sage Leaves, or ½ tsp dried
- ½ teaspoon Whole Black Peppercorns
- 12 cups Cold Water
Pressure cooker instructions for a 12 cup yield
- Place all ingredients in the Instant Pot and secure the lid. Note: use kitchen shears to cut the bones to fit.
- Set pressure release valve to “Sealing”.
- Select "Manual" or "Pressure Cook” and adjust to LOW pressure for 60 minutes.
- When cook cycle is done, allow the pot to sit undisturbed for 30 minutes for a natural pressure release (NPR). Turn pressure release valve to “Venting” to release any remaining steam.
- Allow stock to cool enough to safely strain into a large bowl or heat-safe container.
- Refrigerate up to 5 days or freeze up to 90 days (or longer if vacuum sealed).
Traci's Recipe Notes
Nutrition data provided as courtesy estimates using unbranded ingredients from a nutrition database. Please consult preferred resource for precise data.