This recipe for Instant Pot Steamed Broccoli is so easy! This is the perfect healthy side dish to make on busy weeknights. Steamed broccoli florets are naturally vegan, gluten-free, and so delicious.

bowl of steamed broccoli ready to eat

You aren’t going to believe how easy and fast it is to make steamed broccoli in the Instant Pot. In fact, I gave away my stovetop steamer after I realized how to make broccoli florets in the pressure cooker.

Broccoli is a member of the cruciferous vegetable family, and is incredibly healthy. There are several different types of broccoli including Broccoli Rabe and Broccolini. You can also sprout broccoli seeds.

How Much to Cook?

One head of broccoli yields about about 3 1/2 cups of florets. A serving size is usually about 1/2 cup.

Recipe Steps

Step One

The only real work you need to do for Instant Pot Broccoli is to cut up the head of broccoli into florets. You can either peel and slice up the main stem, or discard it.

Then, rinse your broccoli florets and place them on the trivet or in a steamer basket inside your Instant Pot.

broccoli florets in an instant pot pressure cooker

Step Two

Lock on the lid and set the time to zero minutes on high pressure. You need to allow about 10 minutes for the pressure cooker to come up to pressure.

Step Three

Once the cooking time is up, then carefully use the quick-release to get rid of the pressure in the Instant Pot. Use an oven mitt to remove the lid.

steamed broccoli in the instant pot

Step Four

Use tongs to transfer the steamed broccoli to a serving bowl. You can sprinkle some salt and pepper on top, if you wish.

How to Serve

Obviously, you can serve the cooked broccoli out of the pot. A lot of people like to serve cooked broccoli with salt and pepper, and maybe a pat of butter. If you are dairy-free like me, then you can always add vegan butter. I usually just eat steamed broccoli plain.

You can also transfer any leftover cooked broccoli to a container to store in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Re-heat your steamed broccoli in the microwave or on the stovetop before serving.

You may also be interested in this post on how to freeze broccoli for smoothies!

FAQs

Can I double this recipe?

Yes, you can easily double or even triple this recipe in a 6-quart or 8-quart pot.

Can I cook frozen broccoli florets in the Instant Pot?

Yes, but you will need to increase the cooking time to 1 minute.

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Instant Pot Simple Steamed Broccoli

bowl of steamed broccoli with two gold forks

This recipe for Instant Pot Steamed Broccoli is so easy! This is the perfect healthy side dish to make on busy weeknights. Steamed broccoli florets are naturally vegan, gluten-free, and so delicious.

  • Author: Carrie Forrest, MPH in Nutrition
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Side dish
  • Method: Pressure cooker
  • Cuisine: Healthy
  • Diet: Vegan
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 head broccoli, broken into florets

Instructions

  1. Place a trivet or steamer basket inside the base of an Instant Pot pressure cooker.
  2. Pour the water into the pot and then place the broccoli florets on the trivet. It’s okay if some pieces fall through the bottom of the trivet. 
  3. Lock on the lid and set the time to zero minutes. 
  4. After the pot comes to pressure and beeps that it is finished, use the quick release to carefully release the pressure.
  5. Remove the lid and use tongs to transfer the steamed broccoli to a serving bowl.
  6. Enjoy warm.

Notes

  1. You can easily double or triple this recipe as long as the broccoli florets do not fill your Instant Pot higher than the “max” line.
  2. Store any leftover steamed broccoli in a tightly sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Re-heat before serving.

Keywords: instant pot steamed vegetables, how to steam broccoli in the instant pot

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