Instant Pot Turkey Bone Broth

Don't waste those Thanksgiving or Christmas turkey leftovers! Instant Pot Turkey Bone Broth is the easiest way to use that turkey carcass in a delicious, healthy broth. Ready to drink, make turkey soup, or use in rice, sauces, etc.

You should see my fridge right now:  jar after jar of homemade bone broth!  I've been playing with them in the Instant Pot because it's so easy!  Beef marrow bones, pig feet, chicken feet, lamb and duck bones (what an amazing flavor they have!), leftover bones….

Turkey.  What a beautiful flavor.  It's great to be able to get a big turkey on sale for less than the price of a drive-thru meal, isn't it?  And to be able to use the whole thing, without wasting any of it?

I've always enjoyed picking the meat off the turkey carcass.  That dark meat around the bones has all the flavor!

And there's something primal about just getting in there with your hands and ripping the thing apart to get at the meat.  I mean, it's not as intense as that seen from The Reverent where he's ripping into the buffalo in the snow by the fire with blood dripping down his face (it was on TV last night), but I think you know what I'm saying….

That was graphic.

…Anyways….  Here's a couple items to make this even easier:

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Get those bones and the vegetable scraps from Thanksgiving dinner (put them in a bag in the freezer until you're ready to make this recipe) to make this amazing turkey bone broth and let the Instant Pot do all the work.  And once it's done, we can make some Instant Pot Turkey Soup, keep some in the freezer for stock needs, or just drink it throughout the day.  Perfect now that it's getting cold outside!  Check out the Instant Pot Turkey Leftover Soup recipe too!

Don't have an Instant Pot?  You can still make this recipe old-school on the stove top, simmering for 8 hours.  You may need to add water as a lot boils off this way.  You know what?  Maybe it's time you get your Instant Pot.

Use Thanksgiving turkey leftovers in broth to drink, or make soup, rice, sauces, etc.

Instant Pot Turkey Bone Broth

  • Author: Raj
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 2.5 L
  • Method: Instant Pot


  • 1/2 turkey carcass (use all bones, neck, and any pieces you wouldn't eat)
  • 3-4 Bay leaves
  • 1 tsp peppercorn
  • (optional) vegetable scraps
  • (optional) chicken bones & chicken feet
  • salt to taste


  1. Put all ingredients into the Instant Pot and fill water to the 1/2 – 3/4 mark.
  2. Using the soup function or manual high-pressure function, program for 45 minutes.
  3. Once done, allow to naturally pressure release.
  4. Strain all solids out and add salt as needed.
  5. Drink daily for health benefits, or use with the rest of your leftovers in the Instant Pot Turkey Leftover Soup.


If you pick up that mesh basket (snap off the handles) and pot grippers, put all ingredients in the basket and use that in the Instant Pot, then when it's done, just pull the basket out with the handles.  Done.

Use Thanksgiving turkey leftovers in broth to drink, or make soup, rice, sauces, etc.

Last update on 2018-12-13 at 11:30 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon


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  1. lynnseal November 9, 2017 at 8:46 am - Reply

    Hi Raj. Sounds yummy! I’ve been using home made soup broth for years. The Instant Pot sounds easy to use! Thanks for your graphic view of The Reverent! I hope you always have your humour♥️

    • Raj November 9, 2017 at 10:07 am

      Thanks Aunty Lynn,

      Get Mom to tell you about her Instant Pot.

      That’s what I want to see, more of us making real food the way we grew up!

  2. Aimee Leberer November 9, 2017 at 4:56 pm - Reply

    Looks delicious, liquid gold is what I call turkey broth, sooooo good!

    • Raj November 10, 2017 at 10:20 am

      Have you made broth in your Instant Pot yet Aimee?

  3. Sadaf F K. November 10, 2017 at 3:12 pm - Reply

    I dont eat/use turkey. But I think your recipe can go along well with other meat types as you mentioned. What’s your views on using that recipe in Pressure Cooker?

    • Raj November 10, 2017 at 4:30 pm

      Hi Sadaf, This recipe is using a pressure cooker. Makes things way faster!

  4. Tina T. November 13, 2017 at 7:06 am - Reply

    So excited about Thanksgiving and this broth sounds so perfect for it!

    • Raj November 15, 2017 at 11:46 pm

      Are you cooking the bird this year Tina?

  5. Jean November 13, 2017 at 8:21 pm - Reply

    What a great way to use leftover turkey carcass! I will definitely be doing this this year after Thanksgiving.

  6. Renee Kohley November 14, 2017 at 4:30 pm - Reply

    Turkey bone broth is hands down my favorite flavor broth! I have had my IP for 2 years and haven’t used it for turkey broth but I think I will this year!

    • Raj November 15, 2017 at 11:45 pm

      It’s pretty great! Have you made duck or lamb broth? Pretty sure they’re my two faves, and turkey is a close third.

  7. Kari - Get Inspired Everyday! November 14, 2017 at 5:32 pm - Reply

    I still don’t have an Insta pot but I think I definitely need one because faster bone broth would be awesome!

    • Raj November 15, 2017 at 11:49 pm

      Here’s a link for you (our affiliate): keep an eye out next week for their Black Friday sales!

      (I like the Ultra model, but the Duo is also a nice starter)

  8. Irena Macri November 15, 2017 at 8:29 pm - Reply

    I might be more excited for my IP bone broth this year than the turkey itself, not gonna lie!

    • Raj November 15, 2017 at 11:43 pm

      Whoa whoa whoa… Howzat now? Not a turkey fan??

  9. RealNutritiousLiving November 16, 2017 at 10:53 am - Reply

    I really need to get on the instant pot bandwagon!

    • Raj November 16, 2017 at 11:48 am

      Perfect time to get into them! Here’s a link: keep an eye out next week for their Black Friday sales!

      (I like the Ultra model, but the Duo is also a nice starter)

  10. RecipestoNourish November 16, 2017 at 9:50 pm - Reply

    The Instant Pot makes the best bone broth! Love how easy this is.

    • Raj November 20, 2017 at 12:31 pm


  11. salmadinani November 17, 2017 at 1:25 pm - Reply

    I REALLY need to invest in an instapot!

    • Raj November 20, 2017 at 12:31 pm

      Salma, I’m shocked that you haven’t yet!

  12. ChihYu November 19, 2017 at 6:50 pm - Reply

    Simple and super nutritious recipe. Thanks for sharing !

  13. cristina November 19, 2017 at 10:22 pm - Reply

    Yes! Turkey bone broth is a must for the holidays! Much more flavor than chicken stock!

    • Raj November 20, 2017 at 12:28 pm

      Which I had a big mug right now!

  14. STACEY CRAWFORD November 20, 2017 at 6:08 am - Reply

    Perfect timing on this one! I can’t wait to give this a go.

  15. eighty20nutrition November 20, 2017 at 7:48 am - Reply

    I love the idea of using the whole turkey for it’s goodness, bones and all.

  16. Arkay November 24, 2017 at 1:51 pm - Reply

    We smoked a 20 lb turkey for Thanksgiving. ½ of that carcass is currently in our Instant Pot Lux, which we just bought to replace the old stovetop pressure cooker that finally gave up after 40 years.

    Question: can we get brothy goodness out of the carcass more than once? Would love to reuse those bones if possible, so we can stock up our freezer.

    • Raj November 24, 2017 at 3:02 pm

      YES!! Smoked? I am so curious about that! Both the turkey, and the broth!

    • Arkay November 30, 2017 at 2:07 pm

      We have a large vertical smoker. After brining the turkey in a water, salt, brown sugar, thyme, garlic cloves, peppercorns, soy sauce, worchestershire sauce, and bay leaf brine for several days, then letting it sit uncovered in the refrigerator for 24 hours, we hung it in the smoker. Used mesquite charcoal and applewood chips and smoked it slowly for about seven hours.

      It’s one of the better turkeys we’ve ever served.

    • Raj November 30, 2017 at 2:21 pm

      Wow. I don’t know how to spell the sound that I just made reading that. Sounds awesome! I feel like I should reserve my seat for next year!

    • Raj November 24, 2017 at 3:29 pm

      Sorry, I missed the question there. Yes! You can! The first round is definitely the best tasting and I’m thinking it’s probably safe to say the most nutritious, but you can get a few rounds out of the bones. I made my Instant Pot Turkey Leftover Soup (just about to post it), with the second round with those bones. It was still great! You’ll notice that the bones will basically implode between your fingers the more you boil ’em. I have a buddy who will just eat that at this point, but I don’t know about that.

    • Arkay November 30, 2017 at 2:02 pm

      Thanks. The second round was just as tasty, and now we will be saving all our chicken carcasses for concentrated broth, too.

    • Raj November 30, 2017 at 2:20 pm


  17. Donna November 18, 2018 at 7:40 am - Reply

    That basket fits in the 6 qt?

    • Raj November 18, 2018 at 8:45 am

      Yes it does, Donna. It’s perfect! Makes things so much easier.

  18. Arkay November 18, 2018 at 11:05 am - Reply

    Raj, we’re back this year, smoking a 24 pound turkey, courtesy of our nephew’s grocery store employment. Same process as last year. Meanwhile, all that luscious bone broth from 3 Instant Pot “brewings” got us through the winter and then some. We ladle it into 2-3 cup mini loaf pans, freeze it, then remove from the pans and seal in Food Saver bags. Lasts a lot longer that way. Of course, if one has the equipment, one could also home can the broth (requires a pressure canner), and put it into the pantry. May do that this year, as the leftover turkey will be taking up so much freezer space…

    • Raj November 22, 2018 at 11:14 am

      That seriously sounds amazing! And what a great hook-up on the bird! I’m surprised that the broth from one bird lasted you the year. Good job! Yeah, Holley has canned some broth which – exactly – saved us space in the freezer for the 1/4 cow we bought.
      Happy Thanksgiving!

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