Make Easy & Quick Instant Pot Broccoli with perfect texture every time! Cooking steamed broccoli in Instant Pot helps preserve nutrients for this deliciously healthy side dish.

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Steamed Broccoli has always been one of our go-to vegetable side dishes.

Broccoli is a nutrient-powerhouse that ranks among the top 20 foods in the ANDI score, meaning it provides a high amount of nutrients for a small amount of calories.

It contains all the goodies like antioxidant vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin A, folate, and potassium, plus natural fiber!

What we love about making side dishes like broccoli in Instant Pot helps free our hands and stove space for making our main dishes (if not already in a second Instant Pot 😛 ).

Super Easy . Tasty . Nutrient-Powerhouse

Instant Pot Broccoli Recipe: Make Easy & Quick Steamed Broccoli in Instant Pot with perfect texture every time! Deliciously healthy side dish. #instantpot #pressurecooker #vegan #vegetarian #recipe #keto #paleo

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Instant Pot Broccoli Recipe: Make Easy & Quick Steamed Broccoli in Instant Pot with perfect texture every time! Deliciously healthy side dish. #instantpot #pressurecooker #vegan #vegetarian #recipe #keto #paleo
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Instant Pot Broccoli

Course: Dinner, Lunch, Side Dish, Snack, Vegetables
Cuisine: World
Keyword: broccoli recipes, instant pot, instant pot recipes, instant pot vegan recipes, instant pot vegetables, instant pot vegetarian recipes, quick & easy
Prep Time: 1 minute
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Total Time: 7 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 16 kcal
Author: Amy + Jacky

Make Easy & Quick Instant Pot Broccoli with perfect texture every time! Cooking steamed broccoli in Instant Pot helps preserve nutrients for this deliciously healthy side dish.

Ingredients

  • 1-2 heads (194g/ea) broccoli , cut into florets
  • ½ cup (125ml) water

Instructions

  1. Pressure Cook Broccoli in Instant Pot: Pour ½ cup (125ml) cold water in Instant Pot. Place Steamer Basket in Instant Pot, then layer broccoli florets on it. 

    Pressure cook at High Pressure:

    -For 2-3 cups of broccoli: 0 min for crunchy, 1 min for tender

    -For 1 cup of broccoli: 1 min for crunchy, 2 mins for tender

    Then immediately Quick Release. 

  2. Serve Instant Pot Broccoli: Remove broccoli immediately to prevent overcooking. Season with salt & black pepper if desired, then serve!

Recipe Notes

Quick Release: To prevent overcooking, it's critical to release pressure immediately when broccoli is done pressure cooking.

 

Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Broccoli
Amount Per Serving
Calories 16
% Daily Value*
Sodium 17mg 1%
Potassium 153mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 3g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 6%
Vitamin C 52.4%
Calcium 2.3%
Iron 2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Instant Pot Broccoli Step-by-Step Cooking Guide

*Pro Tip: For best-tasting broccoli, buy fresh + young broccoli and store unwashed broccoli in the crisper drawer of the refrigerator.

Clean broccoli under cold running water. Cut the broccoli into florets.

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Pressure Cook Broccoli in Instant Pot


Pour 1/2 cup (125ml) cold water in the Instant Pot.

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Add a Stainless Steel Steamer Basket in the Instant Pot and layer the broccoli florets on it.

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Close the lid and turn the Venting Knob to the Sealing Position.

  • Pressure Cooking Method: Pressure cook at High Pressure for 0 – 2 mins, then Quick Release

*Pro Tip: see below time chart for best pressure cooking time that suits your taste.

Instant Pot Pressure Cooker High Pressure Function 0 minute

Mini Instant Pot Broccoli Experiment

What’s the best pressure cooking time for broccoli in Instant Pot?

Test #1: High Pressure 0 Minute + Quick Release

  • Texture: fully cooked, crisp & crunchy
  • Taste: natural flavors well preserved
  • Looks: beautiful bright green color

Test #2: High Pressure 2 Minutes + Quick Release

  • Texture: fully cooked, tender, much softer than Test #1 (but not mushy), easier to bite & digest
  • Taste: still flavorful, lost a little bit of the fresh broccoli flavors
  • Looks: lost some of the deep bright green color

Test #3: Low Pressure 0 Minute + Quick Release

*Note: We increased the amount of broccoli (360g broccoli, cut into 2 cups florets) and used the same amount of liquid (½ cup cold water).

  • Texture: fully cooked, crisp & crunchy
  • Taste: natural flavors well preserved
  • Looks: beautiful bright green color

Conclusion

The amount of broccoli you cook & amount of cold water you use will affect the overall results (as these affect the time Instant Pot takes to come up to pressure).

Best Pressure Cooking Time:

  • For 2-3 cups of Broccoli Florets
    • Crunchy: High Pressure 0 min + Quick Release
    • Tender: High Pressure 1 min + Quick Release
  • For 1 cup of Broccoli Florets
    • Crunchy: High Pressure 1 min + Quick Release
    • Tender: High Pressure 2 mins + Quick Release

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Carefully turn the Venting Knob to Venting Position to quickly release the pressure. Once the Floating Valve drops, take off the lid immediately and remove the broccoli from Instant Pot to prevent overcooking.

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2

Serve Instant Pot Broccoli


Season with salt and black pepper if desired, then serve the broccoli as a side dish 🙂

Instant Pot Broccoli Recipe: Make Easy & Quick Steamed Broccoli in Instant Pot with perfect texture every time! Deliciously healthy side dish. #instantpot #pressurecooker #vegan #vegetarian #recipe #keto #paleo

Enjoy your Instant Pot Broccoli!~ 🙂

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Instant Pot Broccoli Recipe: Make Easy & Quick Steamed Broccoli in Instant Pot with perfect texture every time! Deliciously healthy side dish. #instantpot #pressurecooker #vegan #vegetarian #recipe
Instant Pot Broccoli Recipe: Make Easy & Quick Steamed Broccoli in Instant Pot with perfect texture every time! Deliciously healthy side dish. #instantpot #pressurecooker #vegan #vegetarian #recipe

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