Instant pot broccoli is one of the easiest instant pot side dishes you’ll ever make! Ready in 10 minutes from start to finish this pressure cooker broccoli is a must-try recipe.
Perfectly seasoned, this instant pot broccoli is a tasty accompaniment to meat or fish.
This instant pot broccoli recipe is naturally:
How do you steam vegetables in an instant pot?
Steaming vegetables in electric pressure cooker is easy but you will need a steamer basket.
You don’t need to buy a special steamer basket to make this pressure cooker broccoli. If you already have one at home just check if it fits in the inner pot of your instant pot. If it does, you are good to go.
However, if you are planning on using your pressure cooker more often for steaming, maybe investing in a special steamer basket for Instant pot that can hold a lot of veggies and you can take them all out without any fuss, might be a good idea.
How much water to put in instant pot for broccoli?
You will only need to add the minimum amount that is stated for your pressure cooker. This amount will depend on its size. For a 6-quart (6-liter) instant pot it is 1 cup. This will be the same for any vegetables you decide to steam in instant pot.
How many minutes to cook broccoli in instant pot?
The active cooking time (e.g. cooking under pressure) is literally 0 minutes. This means that the broccoli cooks during the time that the pot needs to come to pressure. After, it’s done, so all you have to do is release the built-up pressure manually, season it and serve with a main of your choice.
How do you cook frozen broccoli in instant pot?
I do not recommend using frozen broccoli. I’ve tried it several times and every time it turned out really soggy, even after 0 minutes and quick release.
What can I add to broccoli to make it taste better?
Nothing is worse than a plate of under-seasoned vegetables. This is one of the reasons, many people don’t like eating them.
If you want your veggies taste good, you need to season them right. Cooked Instant pot broccoli will taste bland if you serve it as is. For that reason, it’s important to add some flavor to it.
A generous pinch of salt and freshly ground black pepper are a must. To bring it to a whole new level, I recommend drizzling the broccoli florets with olive oil and sprinkling some dried oregano over. Give everything a good mix and serve!
Also, make sure you serve this instant pot broccoli (or any broccoli for that matter) while still warm. It tastes way better than cold one!
More Easy Instant Pot Recipes for side dishes:
Instant Pot Broccoli
- 2 Fresh Broccoli Heads , see note 1
- 1 cup Water
- Salt to taste
- A pinch of Black Pepper
- 1 teaspoon Olive Oil , optional
- Dried Oregano , optional
- Rinse the broccoli under running water and divide it into larger florets.
- Pour 1 cup of water into the inner pot of instant pot and place the steamer basket inside. Add broccoli florets.
- Close the lid and lock it into its position. Set the steam releasing valve to SEALING and press the MANUAL button (or PRESSURE COOK) and set the timer to 0 minutes.
- When the instant pot comes to pressure (the silver pin goes up), release the pressure manually by turning the steam release valve to VENTING. Wait, until the pin drops down to open the pot.
- Season the broccoli with salt, black pepper, olive oil and oregano.
- Serve right away!
- I used 2 broccoli heads with a total weight of 1.1 pounds (500 grams).
- Olive oil and oregano are optional but highly recommended. Your broccoli will taste way better if you use them.
- Broccoli is best served warm!
- The overall time includes prep time + cooking time only. Count with 8 minutes – this is the time that the pot needs to come to pressure.
Lauren Vavala says
I love the Instant Pot! I rarely use it to make vegetables, but seriously – it’s so easy! I definitely need to do it more because this broccoli came out perfect!
Julia | Happy Foods Tube says
That’s good to hear, Lauren!
How simple, delicious and healthy is that! I don’t have an instant pot yet, but you are really tempting me to go out and get one soon.
love your photography..i too make this often..
Chris Collins says
I’m always on the hunt for new veggie side dishes around this time of year, so will definitely be giving this recipe a go :)
This broccoli looks perfectly cooked! Not overdone. Not underdone! I can’t wait to give it a try!
I am always looking for quick and easy ways to make vegetables! This is such a great idea! Trying this ASAP!
I cooked enough for 3 generous servings at 1 minute (I couldn’t figure out if my cooker has a “0” choice) on high pressure. I used a pre-cut California blend that was mostly broccoli. It came out bright green and so tender! Easiest broccoli I ever made. I think next time I’ll try low pressure, because it was really soft. This is my new favorite way to cook broccoli.
Julia | Happy Foods Tube says
That’s so good to hear, Virginia! Thanks for your feedback!