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Instant Pot Zucchini

Recipe developed by Amy + Jacky

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.
Course Side
Cuisine World
Keyword instant pot zucchini, sauteed zucchini, steamed zucchini instant pot, zucchini in instant pot, zucchini instant pot, zucchini instant pot recipes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 19kcal


#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.
  • 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.
  • 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~

#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.
  • Add Garlic & Soy Sauce: Add in minced garlic and 1 tsp (5ml) regular soy sauce, then saute for another minute.
  • 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.


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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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

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