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Instant Pot Zucchini

Here’s how to make super simple Instant Pot Zucchini that you can use in a variety of ways. Serve the steamed zucchini as a main or side dish, or freeze it to use in smoothies.

  • Total Time: 16 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


  • 2 medium zucchini, cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • 1 cup water


  1. Place the trivet inside a 3-quart or 6-quart Instant Pot. Add the water.
  2. Place the zucchini chunks on top of the trivet. It’s okay if some fall through into the water.
  3. Lock on the lid and set the time to high pressure for 1 minute. When the cooking time is up, quick-release the pressure, being careful of the steam.
  4. Remove the lid and use tongs to transfer the zucchini chunks to a parchment-lined baking sheet for freezing. Or, you can use tongs to remove the zucchini to a bowl to serve immediately.
  5. Serve warm, or place the baking sheet in the freezer for at least 6 hours. Transfer the frozen zucchini chunks to a zip-top bag and place in the freezer for up to 2 months.


  1. If you want to use your steamed squash chunks for smoothies, you’ll then need to use tongs to place the chunks on a baking sheet for freezing. If you want to serve your steamed zucchini as a side dish, then just transfer it to a bowl and serve warm.
  • Author: Carrie Forrest, MPH in Nutrition
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 minute
  • Category: Side dish
  • Method: Instant Pot pressure cooker
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan

Keywords: instant pot zucchini chunks, how to freeze zucchini, freezing zucchini for smoothies