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Perfect + Tender Instant Pot Broccoli


Instant Pot broccoli is alert in under 10 minutes, and is perfectly tender, but still with a bit of chew to it. A great way to obtain broccoli steamed quickly, without the need to babysit a pot of water on the stove.

The Instant Pot is not just a great way to cook proteins, but vegetables as well! From Instant Pot carrots to great Instant Pot sweet potatoes, to mashed potatoes, there are so many ways to cook your veggies.

overhead view of a plate of instant pot broccoli with parmesan cheese on top

This Instant Pot broccoli is insanely simple, fast to cook, and versatile. I love that you can push a button and not have to worry about babysitting a pot (though you do need to be present to do a fast pressure release).

The texture of the broccoli is just great: tender, but not mushy. It still has a bit of a bite to it, and works well for meal prep.

Reasons to ♡ Instant Pot broccoli:

  • it can be cooked and on the table in 10 minutes
  • it frees up your hands and saves space in your oven
  • it has the great texture: tender but not mushy

Recipe video

Need proof of just how simple Instant Pot steamed broccoli is to prep? Watch the 1-minute video below! You can find more of my recipe videos on my YouTube channel.

broccoli florets on a cutting board

Prepping the broccoli

This is an simple and forgiving recipe. Start by washing the broccoli, then chopping it up into even 1.5-2 inch florets. It’s important that they are even in size so that they cook through evenly.

Pictured above are two crowns of broccoli, but you can make this recipe using a single head, or pre-cut broccoli (go through and make sure they are even-sized). You can even use frozen broccoli, though it is slightly on the softer side. Don’t forget to conclude the stems as well.

Pro-tip: use a steamer basket

You can exactly skip this step, but be warned that some of your broccoli will drop through the trivet into the water below and may over-cook. Using a steamer basket ensures the broccoli is never immersed in the water, and cooks through evenly.

I recommend this steamer basket

, which is specifically designed for the Instant Pot.

Quick pressure release is essential

The caveat to the Instant Pot is that it can overcook some tender vegetables. For this recipe, we do a 0 minute cook time with a fast pressure release. The broccoli cooks while the pot comes to pressure, and while the pressure is released. It’s exactly crucial that you do a fast pressure release, or your broccoli will end up overcooked and soggy.

collage image showing how to cook broccoli in an instant pot

Cooking broccoli in an Instant Pot

  1. Place 1 cup (for a 6 quart) or 1.5 cups (for an 8 quart) in the stainless steel inner pot. Place the trivet on top. Place a steamer basket on top of the trivet (if you have one).
  2. Place the lid on the Instant Pot, and set the steam release cope with to the ‘sealing’ position. Select ‘pressure cook’ (or ‘manual’ for older models) to 0 minutes.
  3. Perform a fast pressure release as soon as the Instant Pot beeps (set the steam release cope with to the ‘venting’ position using a spoon or carefully with your hand).
  4. Remove broccoli, and serve with a squeeze of lemon and fresh parmesan cheese.

close up of instant pot steamed broccoli on a plate

Getting creative with steamed broccoli

We love our Instant Pot steamed broccoli served with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice and a sprinkling of parmesan cheese.

Here are some other ways you can add flavor to your broccoli:

More Instant Pot Recipes

Perfect + Tender Instant Pot Broccoli

Course: Side Dish

Cuisine: American

Keyword: broccoli, instant pot, low carb, vegetarian

Calories: 99kcal

Author: Denise Bustard

Servings: 4

Instant Pot broccoli is alert in under 10 minutes, and is perfectly tender, but still with a bit of chew to it. A great way to obtain broccoli steamed quickly, without the need to babysit a pot of water on the stove.

Prep Time5 mins

time to pressurize5 mins

  • Place 1 cup of water into the stainless steel insert of your Instant Pot (1.5 cups for 8 quart Instant Pots).

  • Place trivet on top of the water, and place a steaming basket (if you have one), on the trivet. Place broccoli into the steamer basket

  • Place the lid on the Instant Pot, set the steam release cope with to the ‘sealing’ position, and select ‘pressure cook’ (or ‘manual’ for older models) for 0 minutes.

  • Once pot beeps, immediately release the pressure by switching the steam release cope with to the ‘venting’ position.

  • Remove steamer basket containing broccoli with oven mitts, squeeze lemon juice over top and serve with fresh parmesan cheese.

*serving size is an estimate
Storage
After cooking through, broccoli may be stored in an air tight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.
Variations

Serving: 1cup * | Calories: 99kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 404mg | Potassium: 23mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 195IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 296mg | Iron: 1mg

kai holding a fork giving thumbs up sign

Kai wants you to cognize that he loves Instant Pot broccoli, too!


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