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Instant Pot Zucchini

2 quick & easy ways to make tasty crunchy Instant Pot Zucchini! These refreshingly juicy steamed zucchini or savory-garlicky sauteed zucchini are deliciously easy to eat. You can serve these hot or cold - great as a simple side dish or add on to your salads.
Servings 4
Total Time 10 mins


#1 Pressure Cook Method - Steamed Zucchini

  • 1 pound (454g) zucchini , cut into 0.75” thick chunks
  • 1 cup (250ml) cold water
  • Salt and black pepper

#2 Sauteed Method - Garlic Soy Sauce Zucchini

  • 1 pound (454g) zucchini
  • 1 tablespoon (15ml) vegetable oil
  • A pinch salt
  • 1 teaspoon (5ml) regular soy sauce
  • 4 (12g) garlic cloves , minced


#1 Pressure Cook Method - Steamed Zucchini

  • Place Zucchini in Instant Pot: Add 1 cup (250 ml) of cold water and steamer basket in Instant Pot. Place 1lb (454g) zucchini chunks in the steamer basket.
    *Pro Tip: Ensure you're using 1 cup (250 ml) of Cold Water because using hot or warm water will directly affect the final results.
    steamed zucchini in Instant Pot
  • Pressure Cook Zucchini: Close lid, then turn Venting Knob to Sealing position. Pressure Cook at High Pressure for 0 - 1 minute, then immediately Quick Release. Open the lid carefully.
    zucchini in Instant Pot #AmyJacky #InstantPot
  • Season & Serve Zucchini: Season zucchinis with salt & black pepper, then give it a few tosses. Serve the zucchini as a side dish or chilled for a salad. Enjoy~
    steamed instant pot zucchini #AmyJacky #InstantPot

#2 Sauteed Method - Garlic Soy Sauce Zucchini

  • Saute Zucchini in Instant Pot: Heat up Instant Pot using "Sauté More" function, and wait until it says "HOT". Drizzle 1 tbsp olive oil in the inner pot, and ensure to coat the oil over the whole bottom of the pot.
    Add 1lb (454g) zucchini chunks and a pinch of salt in Instant Pot. Give it a quick stir. Leave the zucchini alone for 1.5 minute, then stir again.
    *Pro Tip: Stir once every minute for 3 - 4 minutes until the zucchini are well browned.
    saute zucchini in Instant Pot #AmyJacky #recipe
  • Add Garlic & Soy Sauce: Add in minced garlic and 1 tsp (5ml) regular soy sauce, then saute for another minute.
    garlic soy sauce zucchini #AmyJacky #InstantPot
  • Season & Serve Zucchini: Taste one of the zucchini to make sure it’s thoroughly cooked. Adjust the seasoning by adding more salt if necessary (for reference, we added 1 - 2 more pinches of salt). Serve immediately & enjoy these sauteed zucchini.
    instant pot zucchini recipe #AmyJacky


Can I cook more or less zucchini? This recipe was tested using 1 lb (454g) zucchini chunks. If you want to use more or less zucchini, please decrease or increase the pressure cooking time accordingly.
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Author: Amy + Jacky
Calories: 19kcal


Calories: 19kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 12mg | Potassium: 296mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 227IU | Vitamin C: 20mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 1mg