Instant Pot Homemade Deli Meat (Whole30 Paleo Keto) – a simple and savory recipe for making Homemade Turkey Deli Meat in the Instant Pot.  So easy and budget friendly!  Whole30, Paleo, and Keto friendly.

Instant Pot Homemade Deli Meat

Why Make Homemade Deli Meat?

All right folks, if you love a good kitchen hack that’s also a big money saver, this one’s for you!  I am loving this new way to make my own sandwich meat right at home!  Why bother, you ask?  First of all, the ingredients in regular store-bought sandwich meat can be less than desirable.  Second, the price tag!  A pound of deli meat runs anywhere from $5 (not so great ingredients) to$13 a pound (organic, nitrate-free).  We love deli meat, especially for kid lunches, but I just can’t justify the price of a container of turkey sandwich meat that only lasts a couple of days!

The solution?  Buy a frozen whole turkey breast and cook it in the Instant Pot!  I season with a Homemade Blackened Seasoning Blend, pop it in the IP with some water, and slice it up.  Easy peasy lunch meat with better ingredients and a MUCH better price tag!


Whole Boneless Turkey Breast


Water or broth

How to Make Homemade Deli Meat

Begin by rubbing the turkey breast on all sides with the seasoning.

Add water or broth to the bottom of the Instant Pot. Place the trivet in the pot.

Arrange the turkey breast on the trivet and seal the lid. Cook on Manual setting for 30 minutes.

When cycle is complete, allow the pressure to release naturally.

Remove the turkey breast and let cool. Place in the refrigerator to chill the turkey breast before slicing.

How to Slice Deli Meat without a Slicer

No, you don’t need to own a professional slicer machine in order to get thinly sliced deli meat!  There’s an easy trick for slicing your deli meat and it involves simply chilling the meat first.  After cooking and the turkey has cooled, place it into the refrigerator until it’s completely chilled (an hour or two.)  Then slice the meat with a good, sharp knife while holding it with a pair of tongs.  You should be able to achieve a pretty thin slice without it falling apart.  Of course, thicker slices are great too – you decide!

Or, if you prefer to invest in a deli meat slicer, this is good one and reasonably priced.

Easy DIY Turkey Deli Meat Variations

It’s so easy to change this recipe for different flavor profiles.  In place of the Blackened Seasoning, try any of these seasoning blends:

For a lower sodium version, use this Homemade All Purpose Salt Free Blend .

Try my Homemade Seasoned Salt or Smoky Dry Rub.

Even a simple mix of coarse black pepper and kosher salt is excellent for great flavor in this turkey lunch meat.

Try using chicken or veggie broth instead of water in the pot.  This just gives an extra flavor boost to the turkey lunch meat.


Can I cook the turkey breast from frozen in the Instant Pot?

Yes, if you don’t have time to thaw it (or forget to!) just follow the same instructions but increase the cook time to about 60-65 minutes.

Should I remove the mesh wrapping on the turkey breast?

The mesh helps the meat keep its shape so it’s fine to leave it on.

How long does it take to cook a turkey breast in the Instant Pot?

Cook time for a whole boneless turkey breast (thawed) is about 30 minutes for a 3 lb breast. For frozen, the cook time will be about 60 minutes. The turkey is done when the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees.

How long does homemade turkey deli meat keep?

Stored in an airtight container, it will keep for 4-5 days in the refrigerator.

Can you freeze homemade deli meat?

Sure! Place sliced meat in a freezer safe container and freeze for up to 3 months.

Instant Pot Homemade Deli Meat

Instant Pot Homemade Deli Meat

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Instant Pot Homemade Deli Meat

Instant Pot Homemade Deli Meat (Whole30 Paleo Keto)

Instant Pot Homemade Deli Meat (Whole30 Paleo Keto) - a simple and savory recipe for making Homemade Turkey Deli Meat in the Instant Pot. So easy and budget friendly! Whole30, Paleo, and Keto friendly.
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  • 3 lb whole boneless turkey breast
  • 2 tablespoons Homemade Blackened Seasoning, see recipe below
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 cup water or broth


  • COmbine blackened seasoning and salt in a small bowl.  Rub all over the turkey breast.
  • Pour the water in the bottom of your Instant Pot.  Add the trivet to the pot and place the turkey breast on the trivet.
  • Cook on Manual setting for 30 minutes.  Allow natural release.
  • Remove turkey breast and let cool.  Place in the refrigerator to chill completely (for 1-2 hours.)
  • Slice the turkey to desired thick/thinness.


Click here for Homemade Blackened Seasoning Mix Recipe.
Nutrition info is for 1/8 lb serving size.
*For Whole30, look for a whole turkey breast that does not contain any other ingredients.


Calories: 101kcal, Protein: 22g, Cholesterol: 62mg, Sodium: 173mg, Potassium: 11mg, Calcium: 18mg, Iron: 1.3mg

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