Instant Pot Broccoli

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

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

Instant Pot Broccoli

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.
5 from 7 votes
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Prep Time: 1 minute
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Total: 7 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 16kcal
Author: Amy + Jacky

Ingredients

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

Instructions

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

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

Nutrition:

Calories: 16kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 1g | Sodium: 17mg | Potassium: 153mg | Fiber: 1g | Vitamin A: 6% | Vitamin C: 52.4% | Calcium: 2.3% | Iron: 2%
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
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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.

Steamed 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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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

Instant Pot Broccoli Recipe: comparison between broccoli experiment with different pressure cooking times #instantpot #pressurecooker #vegan #vegetarian #recipe #keto #paleo

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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  1. To make sure my the broccoli keeps a firm texture, I heated the 1/2 cup of water instead of using cold. Less time to bring to pressure made it the way I like it. Thanks.

  2. I’ve been enjoying my new instant pot and I’ve been wanting to cook a whole meal of Chinese food for a lunch for my girlfriends and I…….I am delighted to have found your page and oh-so-helpful recipes and hints!!!!

    I signed up for the e-mail recipes!!

  3. Hello Again! Your site is the first one I check for anything Instant-Pot related. Score for a steamed broccoli recipe! I plan to make this today so I’m not sure if I’ll get your reply in time, but here’s my question…I plan to take this dish to a party tonight. Not sure how to transport steamed broccoli, keeping it warm but not cooking. So I’ve considered taking the pot and steaming it there. I plan to cut up 3 crowns of broccoli and fill up the steamer basket to the fill line, using 1/2 cup of water. How long should I expect the whole cooking time to take, from when I set the time, including getting up to pressure? Thank you!

  4. I’m not sure of whether you’ll get this before I have my potluck, but what about a 3 lb bag of broccoli? How would this best work?

    1. Hi Erin,

      thank you for your question 🙂

      With such a large amount, I recommend using 0 minute as the get up to pressure time will increase by quite a bit.

      Take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

  5. (Oops, I just posted this review at the wrong post)

    OMG, this was perfect. I usually fail miserably at Broccoli, but this nailed it. I did ONE minute at high pressure because I wanted something between the test recipes 1 and 2

    I had almost 3 cups of broccoli florets, and the florets turned out tender with a la dente stems. Just perfect.

    Thank you. Love the details and the step by step instructions and photos. Your site is my new bible for my instant pot.

    1. Hi Carol,

      thank you for your question 🙂

      The get up to pressure time will be longer for more broccoli or more food.

      The broccoli will be cooking during the get up to pressure time, hence, the shorter cooking time.

      Take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

    1. Hi JeanBean!!!

      So happy to hear from you again. Hope you and your family are doing well 🙂

      Definitely use 0 minute + Quick Release as doubling the recipe will make the get up to pressure time longer.

      Take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

  6. Question: When steaming or pressure cooking food that is on a rack or steamer basket (not sitting in the liquid), would putting flavor in the liquid such as herbs, garlic, onion, etc.,
    A) infuse the food with flavor or
    B) not flavor the food because steam that contacts the food is pure water?

    1. Hi Frank,

      Thank you for your question 🙂

      The effect will not as great as when the food is directly in the liquid. It will add some flavor to the food’s surface.

      Take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

  7. Thank you again, Amy & Jacky, for another great step-by-step guide for cooking in IP!! Broccoli is a staple in my home – this is SO helpful! I want to ask something that I’m not clear on though. Best Pressure Cooking Time under Conclusion shows for 2-3 cups of broccoli less cooking time is needed and for 1 cup of broccoli more time is needed. Is that right? Or is it that the difference between 1 and 3 cups is the time it takes for the pressure to come up? If so it feels counterintuitive so I needed to ask. Thanks so much!

    1. Hi Carrie,

      thank you so much for your kind words and question 🙂

      Yes, the get up to pressure time will be longer for large quantity of food.

      So it is best to use a shorter time for delicate food such as broccoli.

      Take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

  8. Is it the 1/2c of water that is producing the tender crisp results. I have been using 1c and 0 minutes, even with low pressure, over cooked.

    1. Hi Kim,

      Good to see you here! Thank you for your question 🙂

      Yes, the get up to pressure time is faster with 1/2 cup of water so it will has a shorter cooking time.

      Take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

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