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Instant Pot Turkey Bone Broth

So perfect and flavorful, this turkey bone broth is super simple to make and packed full of nourishing nutrients.
Course Soup/Stew
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 5 minutes
Servings 20 servings
Calories 21kcal


  • 1 whole turkey carcass (or 2-3 lbs. turkey bones)
  • 2 carrots roughly chopped
  • ½ onion
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 celery stalks
  • 1 teaspoon whole peppercorns
  • water to cover


  • Add all the ingredients to the Instant Pot and cover with water. Keep water about 2" below the max fill line (maximum).
  • Cook on high pressure for 120 minutes. Let pressure release naturally.
  • Place in the fridge overnight, then skim the excess fat off the next morning (see layer of fat in photo below). **you can leave the fat for a richer broth.
  • Store in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 1 week, or in the freezer for up to 6 months.



  1. I use a 6 quart Instant Pot, but the 8 quart can be used as well. Follow the same instructions. The water should cover the bones plus a couple inches, if you have room. **I have read that there could possibly be a safety issue with filling the Instant Pot to the max fill line with liquid. I have not personally had any issues, but just to be safe I recommend filling 2″ below the max fill line.
  2. I do not add any salt to the bone broth. You are welcome to salt yours, but I prefer to do it after the fact. If you do choose to add salt, add it after the broth has cooked.
  3. For a completely smooth bone broth, strain through a sieve. Personally I use a finely woven wire mesh strainer, but I don't need a perfectly smooth broth. You can strain it more than once if necessary.
  4. Straining the fat off the top is optional. I leave it as it adds a depth to the broth that I enjoy. 
  5. Store the bone broth in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 1 week.
  6. To freeze: Pour the bone broth in an ice cube tray and freeze it. Once frozen, put the frozen cubes in a freezer bag so you can easily use it. For anything not frozen in ice cubes, I recommend freezing in 1 cup portions. It can be stored for up to 6 months in the freezer. 


Serving: 0.5cup | Calories: 21kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 9mg | Potassium: 47mg | Vitamin A: 1020IU | Vitamin C: 0.6mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 0.1mg