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Instant Pot DIY Sandwich Meat

Instant Pot DIY Sandwich Meat is a regular meal prep staple over here. This is a batch style recipe that can be frozen after cooking. Super easy lean protein snacks, salad add in, or rolled with hummus. Your choice! 

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Why would anyone go through the trouble of Instant Pot DIY Sandwich Meat and not just grab some sandwich meat at the local deli? Well… I asked Kristin Brown, Registered Dietician and owner of Grounded Health this exact question.

Kristin advises that compared to years ago, deli meats are not as bad as they used to be , but even today the things to watch out for in deli meats is poor quality meats, sodium content, and the way in which they are processed. Some manufacturers’ processing includes the addition of sugar, gluten, and artificial flavours. No thanks!

Sandwich meat has been a go-to for me recently so I wanted to give Instant Pot DIY Sandwich meat a try.

In terms of cost effectiveness, I wouldn’t say this is a cheaper way to go compared to the deli. But… you get what you pay for. Cheap often means low quality and lots of additives.

You can pretty much rub whatever you want on these depending on your preferences. If you want to keep this super clean, I would use a blend of your own spices. But, I have tired this with many seasonings over the year and you really can’t go wrong.

My fav right now is the seasoning from this Shawarma recipe on the Two Sleevers Blog.

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Once you rub your turkey with seasoning,  put the trivet inside, and pour in 1 cup of chicken broth. The turkey breast will not be submerged in broth.

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Cook time may vary depending on the size of your breast. Make sure you check that the internal temperature is 165F. If it isn’t, put the lid back on and cook a bit longer.

Once cooked, cut off the strings and slice! You certainly don’t need a meat slicer like I have. You can cut thinly with a sharp knife but it does take longer.

EXPERT TIP | slice after it is really cold. Either put it in the freezer for 30 minutes or in the fridge overnight.



Instant Pot DIY Sandwich Meat

Print Recipe
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 8 sandwiches
Calories 137
Author Confessions of a Meal Plan Addict


  • Boneless Skinless Turkey Breast, 2-3 pounds.
  • 1/2 cup seasoning of choice
  • 2 garlic cloves minced (optional) I just love garlic!
  • 1 cup chicken broth


  • Season the turkey with your seasonings.
  • Insert the trivet into your liner.
  • Pour the chicken broth into the pot.
  • Place the turkey on top of the trivet.
  • Add minced garlic onto the breast (optional)
  • Using the manual setting, set the timer to 30 minutes.
  • Once the timer beeps, release the pressure (quick release).
  • Check the internal temperature and ensure it is at least 165F
  • Let the meat cool, and then cut the strings off and slice thinly. If you let it sit in the fridge overnight it will be much easier to slice.


Calories: 137kcal | Protein: 32g | Fat: 1g

If you are interested in more ways to use your instant pot for make ahead and meal prep ways, come join the Confessions of a Meal Plan Addict Community, or check out these posts I did on creating Instant Pot ready freezer meals, or  how I use the instant pot for once a week meal prep 

So, there you have it, another way to use your instant pot once, and eat many many times!

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  1. 4 stars
    I too bought myself an instant pot for christmas, and i like reading about what other food you can make with it besides soups and bone broth!

    1. You could, but in my experience with the smaller breasts, like chicken, they end up just shredding as opposed to slicing.

      1. `I bet if they were wrapped like this turkey they would hold together better

      2. Shredding would be just as good for a sandwich and perfect for wraps or tacos.

  2. Can you do the same cooking method with a regular turkey brest from the butcher? No strings around it.? I try to do the this healthy sandwich making for my diabetic husband. Everything is healthier in the instant pot for sure.

    1. I don’t see why you couldn’t. It just might not stay as compact – but I don’t see an issue with that. I hope you like it!

      1. Do you cover it for cooling? I assume manual for 30 min on high pressure. What if you let it natural release?

        1. I don’t natural release this one because I fear it would dry out. Ideally cool it overnight in the fridge.

    2. Use butcher kitchen twine and tie it up yourself like a roast. Should work just the same! Good luck

  3. Have you tried to freeze this? If so, what do you do when you take it out of freezer? Just put in fridge and thaw?

    1. Yes, I freeze this. I separate in to portions in ziplock freezer bags and just thaw in the fridge.

    1. Because there are no preservatives, I keep this just as I would regular baked chicken and turkey. 4 days maximum at my house. Yes, this can be frozen.

  4. I bought a 6 lb turkey breast and froze it….. can I put it in the Instant Pot frozen? How long do you suggest for a cook time?

    1. Mine came from Canadian Tire. Its Cuisnart. It could be sharper and cut thinner but for a non-commercial it works well.

  5. I read somewhere that after cooking, let the meat chill whole for a few hours and then slice. It makes the meat fibers seize a little more and makes for tighter slices. Wirth a try!

    1. I haven’t tried it from frozen, but you can cook in the instant pot directly from frozen. I would add 10 more minutes and check with a meat thermometer.

  6. Can I do this with a whole, bone-in turkey breast? Would the recipe be the same?

  7. What type of slicer did you use? I want to get one but they are seem industrial not really for home use.
    Great recipe and so much better than processed food.

    1. I use the cuisinart model. I believe it was around $100. Definitely not industrial, but gets the job done!

  8. Can’t wait to try this! I’m wondering what size instant pot you used? I just got the 3qt yesterday as I’ll be using it primarily for just me.

  9. 5 stars
    Yeah True North!! Will definitely be trying a Social Supper. Is there alot in Calgary too? Thanks for the blog?

    1. I use a different one every time. I just use the premixed ones that you get in the spice aisle. Things like greek, tex mex, whatever looks good!

  10. Can I ask. . . do you tie up the turkey breast like that? If not, where do you find it in that form? I haven’t ever seen it like that and even asked the butcher at my local grocery store, who said they didn’t sell it like that. I would love to try this but can’t find a “hunk” of meat anything like this. Thanks!

    1. I am in Canada and I see it like this all of the time. I get mine with the twine at Save on Foods.

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