Perfectly Steamed Broccoli (Instant Pot)

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This is my secret to Perfectly Steamed Broccoli every single time! It’s made in the Instant Pot, so it’s quick and easy and totally hands-off. We love it as a weeknight side and even my kids agree it’s delicious!

Perfectly Steamed Broccoli

Talk about a weeknight superhero dish! This Perfectly Steamed Broccoli comes out delicious every single time and the hands-off method means I can move on to cook other things while the broccoli is in the Instant Pot.

Easy Steamed Broccoli

All About Broccoli

Broccoli is high in folate and immune-boosting vitamin C.  It is also a good source of dietary fiber and potassium. When selecting your broccoli, look for odorless broccoli heads that have tight florets that are bluish-green in color.  Store broccoli in your refrigerator for up to five days.

Instant Pot Broccoli Recipe
Instant Pot Broccoli Recipe

How to Cook Broccoli in the Instant Pot

  1. Place a steamer basket in your Instant Pot and add 1 cup of water.
  2. Add your broccoli (trim the ends to help it fit if needed). You can layer them in a criss-cross pattern. I usually do one large head of broccoli at a time.
  3. Place the lid on sealed. Press ‘Manual’ on “Low Pressure” for ZERO minutes.
  4. Once it comes to pressure it will stop the cooking process and beep. Once this happens, immediately press off and remove the lid
  5. As soon as all the pressure is released, open the lid and carefully remove the broccoli with tongs. Place on a serving platter and enjoy with a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of salt.
Instant Pot Steamed Broccoli
Instant Pot Broccoli Time

It cooks perfectly in the time it takes the pot to come to pressure and release. I like my broccoli to have a little bite to it without getting hard or crunchy so this cooking time works perfect for my liking. I also find that broccoli continues to cook on its own anyways, so having it just slightly undercooked yet fork tender ensures that when you serve it it will be just right.

Broccoli in the Instant Pot


If you want your broccoli softer you can leave the lid on for a couple minutes or wait one minute to release the steam before removing it from the Instant Pot.

Quick Instant Pot Broccoli

You all gotta give this one a try. All three kids actually eat broccoli when it is perfectly cooked like this! After it is cooked I drizzle olive oil overtop and sprinkle generously with salt. You could even grab some vegan Parmesan to sprinkle on top, but I personally don’t think it needs it. We all devour it when made this way!

Perfect Instant Pot Broccoli

If you try this Instant Pot Broccoli method, I hope you’ll tag me on Instagram so I can see your tasty veggies. A recipe rating here on the blog also helps me so much!

Pressure Cooker Steamed Broccoli

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Perfectly Steamed Broccoli

Perfectly Steamed Broccoli (Instant Pot)


  • Author: Elaine Gordon
  • Prep Time: 1
  • Cook Time: 8
  • Total Time: 9 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

This is my secret to Perfectly Steamed Broccoli every single time! It’s made in the Instant Pot, so it’s quick and easy and totally hands-off. We love it as a weeknight side and even my kids agree it’s delicious! 


Ingredients

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  • 1 cup filtered water
  • 1 head broccoli, ends trimmed if needed

Instructions

  1. Place a steamer basket in your Instant Pot and add 1 cup of water.
  2. Add your broccoli (trim the ends to help it fit if needed). You can layer them in a criss-cross pattern. I usually do one large head of broccoli at a time.
  3. Place the lid on and move the valve to “Sealed.” Press ‘Manual’ on “Low Pressure” for ZERO minutes. 
  4. Once it comes to pressure it will stop the cooking process and beep. Once this happens, immediately press off and remove the lid
  5. As soon as all the pressure is released, open the lid and carefully remove the broccoli with tongs. Place on a serving platter and enjoy with a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of salt. 

Notes

This method is adapted from my friend, Laney Schwartz from Life is but a Dish.

  • Category: Side
  • Method: Pressure Cooker

Keywords: perfectly steamed broccoli

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