Instant Pot Steamed Broccoli

Instant pot steamed broccoli is a healthy and easy recipe that comes out perfect every time. In just a few minutes fresh broccoli is cooked and ready to enjoy with your favorite meals.    This method works in any electric pressure cooker and results in fresh steamed broccoli that is not mushy.   Just follow a few simple steps and enjoy this quick vegetable side dish any time.

This recipe works for steaming other vegetables in the Instant Pot too. If you have cut cauliflower the same size as this broccoli it will cook for the same time. For veggies, potatoes, or other veggies that are more firm/dense, steaming them in the Instant Pot will take longer than the 0 minutes suggested here. Steaming broccoli is a great way to ensure it is a healthy side dish. To learn more about the HEALTH BENEFITS OF BROCCOLI read this article.

 

Instant Pot Steamed Broccoli in a bowl ready to eat with a napkin and spoon
Instant Pot Steamed Broccoli ready to eat

 

Ingredients for Instant Pot Broccoli

Well, it is pretty simple, you need fresh broccoli & water for this easy recipe.  With this method, I only advise using fresh broccoli.  Steaming frozen broccoli in the instant pot will overcook it and result in mush.  Equipment-wise you will need your Instant Pot and a steamer insert or the trivet that came with the electric pressure cooker.

 

Instant Pot Steamed Broccoli ingredients
Instant Pot Steamed Broccoli ingredients

 

How to Cook Broccoli in the Instant Pot

To steam broccoli, I am using a steamer basket for this Instant Pot broccoli recipe. I recommend two kinds down below that are inexpensive and of great quality, if you do not have one yet.  Using these in the insert of your Instant Pot or electric cooker allows for the broccoli to cook above the water level and results in steaming and not boiling the broccoli. This is the best way to steam vegetables in an Instant Pot.

To cook Instant Pot steamed broccoli without a steamer basket, you can simply just cut a full head of broccoli into 4 very equal pieces. You can use the same amount of water.  Then place those large broccoli chunks on top of the insert rack/trivet that comes with the Instant Pot. I would then set the pressure cooking time to 1 minute, instead of 0, since the pieces are much larger than cut florets. Or still, set it for 0 if you like a very crisp steamed broccoli.

Instant Pot Steamed Broccoli steamer and broccoli in the insert
Instant Pot Steamed Broccoli steamer and broccoli in the insert

 

 

Instant Pot Broccoli Cooking Time

For perfect Instant Pot broccoli, the cooking time to steam to perfection is zero minutes!   The time the electric pressure cooker needs to come to pressure is all that is needed. So you will set your manual cook time to “0”.    This will result in soft broccoli florets but not too soft that they will fall apart or be mushy when you try to serve and eat them.

If you want broccoli that is crisper, you can still do this same cook time.  The only change you need to make is to cut the broccoli pieces into much bigger pieces. When I want it crisper, I do not buy the prepacked broccoli florets. Instead, I buy several heads of broccoli and cut them in large chunks before placing them in my steamer insert.

Cooking Frozen Broccoli

This Instant Pot recipe also works for cooking frozen broccoli.  I recommend fresh when possible but frozen broccoli is a great option as well.  Note that frozen broccoli will not turn out crispy but is still a great side dish or a way to cook it to add to casseroles or other recipes. Set the Instant Pot pressure cooker to zero minutes also when steaming frozen broccoli, cauliflower, or other vegetables with or without a steamer basket. 

Instant Pot Steamed Broccoli steam billowing out of the opened lid
CAUTION – steam billowing out of the opened lid is HOT

 

When the Instant Pot beeps that it is ready, you will need to release the pressure with a quick release. You do not want to let it sit and do any natural releasing as the time ticks back up, that will overcook the steamed broccoli.

BE CAREFUL when you do your quick release and open the valve.  The steam will be VERY HOT. I use a wooden spoon to click the valve over and put a folded dish towel over the escaping steam. Once the valve pin drops and the lid of the Instant Pot is unlocked, you can CAREFULLY open the lid.  NOTE all the steam that is coming out as seen in my photo above.  That steam is still very hot too.   Spoon out and enjoy!

 

Instant Pot Steamed Broccoli spooning out broccoli from the insert
Instant Pot Steamed Broccoli spooning out broccoli from the insert

 

What to Serve with Steamed Broccoli

Here are some of my favorite recipes that go well with steamed broccoli as the side dish.  Try one and have a wonderful complete meal.

 

The steamed broccoli is pictured below with another wonderful Instant Pot recipe that the whole family will love.  Serve broccoli with INSTANT POT CREAMY CHICKEN SPAGHETTI. 

Instant Pot Steamed Broccoli plated wtih cheesy chicken spaghetti
Instant Pot Steamed Broccoli plated and ready to enjoy with cheesy chicken spaghetti

 

 

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Steamed Broccoli featured in instant pot overhead shot

Instant Pot Steamed Broccoli

Angela
Instant pot steamed broccoli is a healthy and easy recipe that comes out perfect every time. In just a few minutes fresh broccoli is cooked and ready to enjoy.  This method works in any electric pressure cooker with or without a steamer basket and results in fresh steamed broccoli that is not mushy. 
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 2 mins
Pressure Cooker Time 8 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4

Equipment

  • Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker
  • Steamer Basket

Ingredients
  

  • 1.5 pds fresh broccoli florets
  • 1 C water

Instructions
 

  • To the insert of your Instant Pot add 1 cup of water. Place the steamer insert or basket into the Instant Pot. (see notes above how to cook without a steamer basket)
  • Add broccoli to the steamer basket/insert.
  • Place the lid on the Instant Pot and make sure the valve is closed and the lid is locked into place. Press the MANUAL button and set the clock to 0 (zero) minutes.
  • Let the Instant Pot come to pressure - about 8 minutes. When it comes to pressure and beeps it will then be ready as there is no cook time for this steamed broccoli recipe.
  • Immediately do a Quick Release - CAUTION AS STEAM WILL BE HOT!
    I use a wooden spoon to click the valve over and put a folded dish towel over the escaping steam. Once the valve pin drops and the lid of the Instant Pot is unlocked, you can CAREFULLY open the lid. 
  • With a spoon scoop out the broccoli to serve. Season with salt and pepper. You can add butter, parmesan cheese, or other ingredients for a simple side dish.
  • Fresh steamed broccoli will store in the refrigerator in an air-tight container for up to 3 days.

Notes

Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving  
Calories 58
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0.6g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 56mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 11.3g 4%
Dietary Fiber 4.4g 16%
Total Sugars 2.9g  
Protein 4.8g  
Vitamin D 0mcg 0%
Calcium 80mg 6%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 538mg 11%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calorie a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Keyword easy, gluten-free, grain-free, instant pot, keto, paleo, pressure cooker, quick, vegan, vegetable, vegetarian

 

 

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7 thoughts on “Instant Pot Steamed Broccoli”

  • Hi – love this I have passed this over to my husband who is truly the cook in the house …. I can cook but he loves it more so I let him.

    This recipe looks awesome! Lisa

    • Thanks for passing this along and I hope your husband finds it as easy as I did to steam broccoli this method in the Instant Pot.

  • 5 stars
    I tried this with a pound of broccoli florets and peeled stems and it worked out great – I had no idea that you could set the Instant Pot to “0” but it really did the trick – we like the texture of this.

  • 5 stars
    Finally broccoli that is done right in the instant pot. I cut it in really big chunks since we hate it soggy and it worked.

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