On of the best things to make in an air fryer is an air fryer turkey breast, and the Instant Vortex Plus or Instant Omni or Omni Plus, are perfect for it because you can make a rotisserie turkey in them! With that said, you can also make an Instant Vortex turkey breast or Instant Omni turkey breast on one of the trays and can use this recipe on a tray in a regular air fryer or in a convection oven.
In my case, I actually made this turkey breast in the Instant Vortex Plus rotisserie basket! For the Omni, put it on the rotisserie spit or on a tray. In the Instant Pot Duo Crisp, use the basket.
Instant Vortex Turkey Breast
When picking a turkey breast for the Instant Vortex Plus, you can buy a standard frozen turkey breast or a boneless breast. I used a thawed from frozen, just under 3lb boneless turkey breast that came pre-brined and was intended to be roasted from frozen in its roasting bag. I didn’t do that! Instead, I thawed it, removed it from the bag, and made my own air fryer boneless turkey breast in the Vortex Plus rotisserie basket with it.
There are several brands that make oven ready turkey breasts. I happened to use a Jennie-O. You can use other brands, or just a plain breast too. More on that option in a bit.
Even though this turkey breast was designed to go from the freezer to the oven in its own bag, I thawed it and removed it. I got rid of the bag that is shown below and instead put the turkey into the Vortex rotisserie basket.
I highly recommend tying the breast up in spots to keep it compact. This helps fit it in the basket and will keep it in good shape if you use the rotisserie.
This particular turkey was very well seasoned too. It was a bit on the salty side, which was fine by me, and cooking it outside of the roasting bag cut back on the salty taste. But if you are watching salt, you might want to buy an unseasoned breast instead so that you have more control over that.
The turkey breast fit perfectly in the Instant Vortex Plus basket. It also would work fine on the rotisserie spit in either the Instant Vortex or Omni. You also could place it on an air fryer tray and turn it a few times during cooking.
Air Fryer Turkey Time
I set my Instant Pot Vortex to air fry at 360 degrees. At that temperature, you can pretty much plan on about 10-15 minutes per pound. The key is to keep track of the temperature and let it cook until it reaches an internal 165 degrees or 160 if you plan to let it rest for a bit.
For my 3 lb turkey breast, which as actually around 2.8 pounds, it took about 35 minutes. I then let it rest for about 10 minutes. A larger breast will take longer.
Keep in mind if using the rotisserie that it has a 4 lb limit in the Votex and Omni. So a larger turkey breast would need to go on a tray and be turned. A larger one would also take longer to cook.
My air fryer turkey breast came out with a nice crispy skin and stayed very juicy inside. It was one of my favorite items to make yet in the Vortex.
Turkey Breast Marinade or Rub
Because I bought my turkey as an already marinated boneless breast, I did not need to use a rub of marinade on it. If you wish to use a raw turkey breast, you will want to brine it or use a rub on it. I love buttermilk brine, and you can use the brine from my Instant Vortex air fryer rotisserie chicken for that.
Or try a basic rub, such as the one I used on my Instant Omni rotisserie chicken. You can also use premade marinades or rubs.
If you want to be really basic, simply brush it with butter or oil and give it some salt and pepper.
Can you cook frozen turkey breast in the air fryer?
Whether to cook turkey or chicken or other meats from frozen in the air fryer often comes up. Technically, yes, you can cook from frozen, but results may vary and be inconsistent when you start doing this with larger items.
I recommend air frying from thawed to avoid the outside getting too dark from the extra cooking time and for even results. If you do cook from frozen, cook at a lower temperature and for longer. Another way to cook from frozen is to pressure cook the turkey first and then air fry it to crisp it up. I plan to test that with the new Instant Pot Duo Crisp soon.
Serving Air Fryer Turkey
Slice the turkey breast and serve with gravy for a traditional presentation. The breast that I bought came with a gravy packet.
I served mine with stuffing and Brussels sprouts. Here are a few great stuffing recipes that you could try from fellow food bloggers:
It also would go well with these recipes of mine:
- Instant Pot mashed potatoes
- Instant Pot mashed sweet potatoes
- Instant Pot corn on the cob
- Air fryer vegetables
This recipe would be perfect for a simple Thanksgiving dinner or for any night of the week. It is very versatile.
- 1 3 lb or more turkey breast (I used a 3lb pre-seasoned boneless breast)
- Brine or rub of choice as needed
- Tie or truss the turkey breast to keep it compact
- Place the breast in the rotisserie basket, on the rotisserie spit or a tray
- Air fry at 360 for 10-15 minutes per pound until the internal breast temperature registers 160-165 degrees, turn as needed if cooking on a tray.
- Let the breast rest for 5-10 minutes until the temperature raises to 165 degrees.
- Carve and serve.
I used a pre-brined Jennie-O boneless turkey breast that is marketed to roast from frozen in the oven in its own bag. I thawed it, removed it from the bag and air fried it.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 333 Total Fat: 5g Saturated Fat: 1g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 3g Cholesterol: 181mg Sodium: 225mg Carbohydrates: 0g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 0g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 68g
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