Pressure Cooker Broccoli with Garlic

Make this super easy Pressure Cooker Broccoli with Garlic Recipe in less than 20 mins! Crunchy broccoli with delicious garlicky fragrance. Great side dish to eat over rice. Healthy, simple, quick way to get your dose of pressure cooker vegetables! :D

Make this super easy Pressure Cooker Broccoli with Garlic Recipe in less than 20 mins! Crunchy broccoli with delicious garlicky fragrance. Great side dish to eat over rice. Healthy, simple, quick way to get your dose of pressure cooker vegetables! 😀

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What are your favorite vegetables? Broccoli is one of our go-to daily veggies. Even when Jacky asks me to pick up some Bok Choy at our supermarket, I would somehow end up with some Broccoli. AND he wouldn’t be surprised. hehe~ 😛 I love the crunch, the flavors, and the nutrients!

Make this super easy Pressure Cooker Broccoli with Garlic Recipe in less than 20 mins! Crunchy broccoli with delicious garlicky fragrance. Great side dish to eat over rice. Healthy, simple, quick way to get your dose of pressure cooker vegetables! :D

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Broccoli is an excellent source of Vitamin C & Vitamin K. More so, it’s low in fat, carbohydrates, and calories. However, don’t overcook them! Overcooked broccoli not only becomes soft and mushy, but the flavors and nutrients will be lost. 🙁

Even way before we bought our pressure cookers, we love steaming our broccoli, as steaming broccoli helps preserve its’ nutrients and flavors. So, we wanted to test how well broccoli cooks in the pressure cooker and did a mini cooking time test!

Pressure Cooker Broccoli Cooking Time Test


Tested Item: A head of Broccoli cut into florets

Pressure Cooker Broccoli Test 1
Cooking Time: 0 Minutes at High Pressure
Cooking Method: on a steamer rack
Liquid: 1 Cup of cold running tap water
Release Method: Quick Release
Results: Broccoli was slightly overcooked with a little crunch, but it has already lost some of the bright green color.

Pressure Cooker Broccoli Test 2
Cooking Time:
 0 Minutes at Low Pressure
Cooking Method: on a steamer rack
Liquid: 1/2 Cup of cold running tap water
Release Method: Quick Release
Results: Broccoli turned out crunchy and the bright green color is still intact.

Pressure Cooker Broccoli with Garlic Recipe Ingredients

Ingredients for Pressure Cooker Broccoli with Garlic Recipe

  • Broccoli
  • Garlic
  • Peanut oil
  • Optional: Chinese rice wine
  • Fine Sea Salt/table salt to taste
  • Water

Tools for Pressure Cooker Broccoli with Garlic Recipe

Make this super easy Pressure Cooker Broccoli with Garlic Recipe in less than 20 mins! Crunchy broccoli with delicious garlicky fragrance. Great side dish to eat over rice. Healthy, simple, quick way to get your dose of pressure cooker vegetables! :D

Tips for Pressure Cooker Broccoli with Garlic Recipe

1. Always Taste! Always taste to avoid overseasoning.

2. Don’t Overcook! Do not sauté the broccoli florets for too long or they will turn yellow and lose the crunchiness.

3. Want Restaurant Quality? 

Restaurants usually finish the dish by adding chicken stock and thicken the sauce with cornstarch water. The Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker does not get hot enough for those steps, so we omitted them.

If you are using a wok on high heat, after the salting step, add in 1/3 cup unsalted chicken stock. Bring it to a boil quickly and thicken it by gradually adding the (1 ½ tablespoon) cornstarch + (2 tablespoons) water mixture.

Looking for more Pressure Cooker Broccoli recipes? Check out our Easy Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry Recipe.

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Make this super easy Broccoli with Garlic in less than 20 mins! Crunchy broccoli with delicious garlicky fragrance. Healthy, simple, quick way to get your dose of pressure cooker vegetables! 😀
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Recipe type: Dinner, Gluten Free, Lunch, Main Course, Quick Meals, Side Dish, Super Easy, Vegan, Vegetables, Vegetarian
Cuisine: Chinese
Serving: 2 - 4
Ingredients
  • 1 – 2 heads of broccoli (roughly 0.8 pound/ 360 grams each), cut into 2 - 4 cups florets
  • ½ cup water
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon peanut oil
  • Optional: 1 tablespoon Chinese rice wine
  • Fine Sea Salt (or table salt) to taste (roughly ⅛ teaspoon salt – ¼ teaspoon salt)
Instructions
  1. Pressure Cook the Broccoli: Pour in ½ cup of cold running tap water. Place a steamer rack into the pressure cooker. Place the broccoli florets onto the steamer rack. Lock the pressure cooker lid and cook at Low Pressure for 0 minutes. Turn off the heat and do a quick release. Open the lid carefully.
  2. Cool the Broccoli: To stop the broccoli from cooking, quickly place the broccoli in an ice bath or place them under cold running tap water. Drain the water, set aside the broccoli to air dry.
  3. *Optional Stir-fry Step: If you have a wok and don’t mind washing it, we recommend doing the Sauté Stir-fry the Garlic & Broccoli Step with a wok on the stovetop over HIGH heat. The flavor will increase by threefold (estimated :P).
  4. Prepare Pressure Cooker: Remove the hot water and towel dry the inner pot. Heat up your pressure cooker (Instant Pot: press Sauté button and click the adjust button to go to Sauté More function). Make sure your pot is as hot as it can be when you place the garlic into the pot (Instant Pot users: wait until the indicator says HOT).
  5. Sauté the Garlic & Broccoli: Add 1 tablespoon of peanut oil into the pot. Ensure to coat the oil over the whole bottom of the pot. Add in the minced garlic, sauté the garlic for roughly 25 - 30 seconds. Do not let the garlic burn. Pour in the air dried broccoli and (optional) 1 tablespoon of rice wine and stir for 30 seconds. Season with fine sea salt to taste (We added ~ ⅙ teaspoon of salt). Stir it around for another 30 seconds. Done!
  6. Serve and Enjoy: Serve the Pressure Cooker Broccoli with Garlic immediately with your favorite dishes!
Make this super easy Pressure Cooker Broccoli with Garlic Recipe in less than 20 mins! Crunchy broccoli with delicious garlicky fragrance. Great side dish to eat over rice. Healthy, simple, quick way to get your dose of pressure cooker vegetables! :D
Food Lovers in our 30s who worked directly with Instant Pot CEO, Manufacturers, and 35+ Restaurants. Culinary Families & Food Magazine Publishers.
  1. Hi, thank you for your web site! I come here first every time I want to use my instant pot. Will the stir-fried broccoli and the stir-fried green beans retain their quality after being frozen? I want so much to be able to make veggies ahead of time.

    1. Hi Anne,

      thank you for your question and kind words 🙂

      Food quality will always go down after being frozen, but it will be fine to make ahead.

      Take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

  2. Thank you for this wonderful recipe. I’ve made it several times and it always comes out perfectl!

    1. Hi Anna,

      Congrats on your new Instant Pot and thank you for your question 🙂

      You can use that button or the manual/pressure cook button, but make sure to switch to Low Pressure with the Pressure button.

      Happy New Year to you and your family!!
      Jacky

    1. Hi AJ,

      thank you for your question 🙂

      Frozen broccoli also cooks in a flash so they probably don’t need any adjustment.

      If the broccoli is not fully cooked after pressure cooking, you can close the lid and use the residue heat to steam them for a bit longer.

      Merry Christmas & Happy New Year
      Jacky

    1. Hi Jill,

      thank you for your question 🙂
      For Instant Pot, you can set the pressure cooking time to zero minute.
      For stovetop pressure cooker, release the pressure as soon as the pressure cooker has reached pressure.

      Take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

  3. Hi, thanks for replying to my other comment! I had another question – how would this work in an 8 qt instant pot? I saw another person’s comment, but it wasn’t answered. How much water would I add? Thanks!

    1. Hi Amanda,

      thank you for your question and letting me know another reader’s comment was unanswered!

      Based on Lynn’s experience, I would suggest trying 3/4 cup of water.

      You can also use 1/2 cup of water by leave the broccoli in the pressure cooker for another 30 seconds before quick releasing.

      Take care & have fun cooking!
      Jacky

  4. Hi, just wondering if I can use olive oil or another type of oil instead of peanut? Thanks! 🙂 excited to try this

    1. Hi Ev,

      thank you for your question 🙂

      A few drops (like 3 drops) of sesame oil at the end will enhance the flavor.

      Take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

  5. Hi!

    Since you mentioned bok choy… Do you think that this recipe would work well enough using baby bok choy in place of broccoli? I’m going to try this recipe with broccoli but I also wanted to cook some bok choy on a different night, I thought this might be easy to try the same recipe again.

    thank you!

    1. Hi Mel,

      thank you for your question 🙂

      I think boy choy will also work as they only require a very short cooking time as well.

      take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

  6. Hi! 🙂 LOVE all your recipes! I’ve made so many of them and they’ve all turned out so well! I’ve been playing around with doing this recipe in the 8 QT and it came out super mushy the first time and super raw the second. First time I did it with 1.5 lb broccoli + 1C water @ 0 mins low pressure it was so mushy and completely fell apart. Second time I did it with the same amount of broccoli but with half a cup of water and it was pretty raw. Just wanted to reach out and see if you had some suggestions 😀 (I’ve made this in the 6 QT with no problems! 🙂

    1. Hi Lynn,

      Just noticed your comment was unanswered since February. Sorry we have missed it!

      Based on your experience, I would suggest trying 3/4 cup of water.

      You can also use 1/2 cup of water by leave the broccoli in the pressure cooker for another 30 seconds before quick releasing.

      Take care & have fun cooking!
      Jacky

  7. I have a new Electric Pressure Cooker and love it. Your broccoli with garlic recipe sounds yummy. I haven’t learned all the “lingo” yet. What do you mean by 0 minutes? Does that mean you bring it up to pressure and then immediately do a quick release? I don’t have an Instant Pot, I have 6qt PowerPressureCooker Plus. (Although, I’m considering getting a InstantPot in the future) Thanks! ?

    Gail Walpole

    1. Hi Gail,

      thank you for your question.

      Yes, once it gets up to low pressure, immediately do a quick release 🙂

      Congrats on your new Electric Pressure Cooker!
      Jacky

  8. I cook broccoli in my 6in1 IP Lux60 with the steam function for 1 minute. I use the provided insert and a silicone steamer. I pour enough hot tap water, so that it does not reach the broccoli (more than a cup). I quickly release the steam and the broccoli is bright green and crunchy.
    I have no idea what pressure is used for the steam function in the IP. The steam release is super short.
    But it’s even quicker to use a Lekue steamer in the MW for 1-2 min at high power (my MW is 1200W).

  9. So good! Like all your other recipes, the cooking time was perfect. Thanks for taking the time to experiment so that the rest of us don’t have to :).

  10. Will the Instant pot beep at me when it is ready?
    I set it to Manual->Low Pressure->0 mins and it switched to On.
    Do I just wait until it is doing a fast release and then press Off?

    That seemed to do it. I had carrots and broccoli and they were nice and tender. Broccoli was still bright green.

    Very tasty. I don’t think I will ever boil them again!

    1. Hi Karen,

      Thank you for your comment 🙂
      The Instant Pot will beep when it is finished cooking. That’s when you would want to do a quick release and turn it off!

      Have fun cooking
      Jacky

  11. I’m LOVING all the recipes on this site for pressure cookier since I love using mine! Broccoli and garlic is a staple but have never tried in my pressure cooker!

    1. Thanks Anjali!
      Glad you’re enjoying our pressure cooker recipes. 🙂
      Let us know how your pressure cooker broccoli turns out when you try it!
      ~Amy

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