If you're looking for a quick and easy way to make broccoli, you'll want to make instant pot broccoli!
If you're looking for another side dish, try these Instant Pot Carrots next. A little butter and dill goes a long way.
Instant Pot Steamed Broccoli
Instant pot broccoli is one of the easiest side dishes you’ll ever make!
It's super easy to steam broccoli in an instant pot and it takes less than ten minutes between the warm up cycle, cooking time, and steam release.
This instant pot broccoli recipe is naturally:
So it works with just about any diet or food restriction, plus, this Instant Pot Steamed Broccoli is easy to make and nutritious.
How to Steam Broccoli in Instant Pot
Steaming broccoli in an instant pot is super simple. You only need an instant pot, water, broccoli, and a steamer basket.
You can use a steamer basket made for the instant pot to make this instant pot broccoli, or you can use any metal steamer basket that fits.
We use one that also works in a pot on the stove.
How much water do you need for Instant Pot Broccoli
The amount you need depends on the size of the instant pot. I have a 6QT Ultra which needs 1 cup of water for most vegetables, including this instant pot broccoli.
The water is just enough to steam it, hence why some call it Instant Pot Steamed Broccoli.
Can I use broth to steam broccoli in an instant pot?
Yes, you can use broth. Beef broth, veggie broth, and chicken broth all work and they add a little flavor as it steams into the broccoli.
Can I use frozen broccoli in an instant pot?
You might be wondering how to cook froze broccoli in the instant pot, or if you need to add time. You don't need to add time if you're using frozen broccoli.
I tend to stick to fresh broccoli when making Instant Pot Steamed Broccoli.
I find that even at 0 minutes, the frozen broccoli is on the mushy side.
Did you know that cooking steamed broccoli in Instant Pot helps preserve nutrients? Yes!
We love making this quick and easy instant pot broccoli, it makes the best steamed broccoli in an instant pot.
How much broccoli can I steam in an instant pot?
We tend to stick to about 2 cups of broccoli florets when we're making instant pot broccoli, but you can add up to 4 cups (or whatever fits in your instant pot).
If you do double this pressure cooker steamed broccoli recipe you'll want to adjust the time from 0 to 1 minute.
How to quick release Instant Pots
To quick release instant pots, you'll first need to wait for the cooking cycle to end. Once it's ended, turn the venting knob from the sealing to venting position. This will quickly release steam.
Make sure the steam has stopped flowing and the floating valve has dropped before opening the lid.
Depending on your instant pot model, you can also turn the venting know to vent and press down to quick release instant pots.
Instant Pot Burn Notice.
What is an Instant Pot Burn Notice? The burn notice means that the Instant Pot has detected that the inner pot has gotten too hot or there isn't enough liquid.
Press Cancel to turn off the instant pot. Once the steam is released and it's safe to remove the lid, check the contents.
You can add more liquid and resume cooking.
What to serve with Instant Pot Steamed Broccoli
We love serving this instant pot broccoli with a protein and a carb or a salad. For the protein, try this Instant Pot Beef Short Ribs recipe.
For the other side dishes, our White Bean Salad is super flavorful.
How to Season Instant Pot Broccoli
If you want to add a little bit of seasoning to this pressure cooker broccoli, a pinch of salt and pepper will do. Sometimes we like to switch it up and add lemon pepper or Greek seasoning.
Did you make this Instant Pot Broccoli? Please leave us a note below and let us know what you served it with.
- 2 cups broccoli florets (or more if you like)
- 1 cup water
- optional: salt and pepper
- Pour 1 cup (8oz.) cold water into the instant pot insert.
- Place the steamer basket inside the Instant Pot insert.
- Layer in the broccoli florets.
- Place the lid on and turn it to lock.
- Set your instant pot to "manual" or "pressure cook" and set the timer to "0". This will bring it to pressure which is enough to cook the broccoli.
- Once it's done, press cancel and quick release the pressure.
- Immediately remove the broccoli to prevent overcooking. If desired, season with salt and pepper.
- Serve warm.
- You can use frozen broccoli but we don't recommend it. The broccoli gets mushy.
- If you double the broccoli you don't need to add more water but you will need to set the timer to 1 minute.
Serving Size:½ cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 27Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 108mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 3gSugar: 1gProtein: 2g
This nutrition info is based on the exact ingredients and brands that I used a the time. It may not be 100% accurate. Please check your ingredients nutrition labels.