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instant pot steamed cauliflower florets on a plate.

Instant Pot Steamed Cauliflower

Here’s how to make Instant Pot Cauliflower Florets for an easy, healthy side dish. Serve the cooked cauliflower with almost any main dish. This recipe takes only 20 minutes.

  • Total Time: 21 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


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  • 1 cup water
  • 1 large head of cauliflower, broken into florets (about 4 cups)


  1. Place the water in a 6-quart Instant Pot.
  2. Place the trivet into the water and put the cauliflower florets on top of the trivet.
  3. Lock on the lid on the Instant Pot and set the time to 1 minute on high pressure.
  4. When the cooking time is complete, carefully quick-release the pressure.
  5. Serve the cauliflower hot, or transfer it to a ice water bath to prevent the cauliflower from over-cooking.
  6. Store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, or freeze the cooked florets for up to 2 months in a tightly-sealed container.


  1. If you want to freeze the cooked florets, place them on a parchment-lined baking sheet and freeze for 2 hours before transferring them to a zip-top bag. They’ll keep in the freezer for up to 2 months.
  2. One large head of cauliflower yields about 4 cups of florets.
  3. The total cooking time includes approximately 10 minutes for the Instant Pot to come up to pressure. 
  • Author: Carrie Forrest, MPH in Nutrition
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 minute
  • Category: Side dish
  • Method: Instant Pot pressure cooker
  • Cuisine: Healthy
  • Diet: Vegetarian


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 53
  • Sugar: 4 g
  • Sodium: 63 mg
  • Fat: 0.6 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.3 g
  • Carbohydrates: 10.4 g
  • Fiber: 4.2 g
  • Protein: 4 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

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