zucchini on a cutting board

Instant Pot Zucchini

  • Author: Carrie Forrest, MPH in Nutrition
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 minute
  • Total Time: 16 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


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.



  • 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.

  • Category: Side dish
  • Method: Instant Pot pressure cooker
  • Cuisine: American

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