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Enjoy one of the healthiest veggies around in just a few minutes by steaming your broccoli in the Instant Pot. Your broccoli will be perfectly cooked and ready to enjoy in no time.

steaming broccoli in the instant pot

Broccoli is one of the easiest and fastest things you can make in your Instant Pot. I am lucky that every single one of my kids loves broccoli. They request it often and the Instant Pot has made it so much easier to prepare for them.

No Fuss Broccoli

The nice thing about cooking your broccoli in the Instant Pot is you’ll know exactly how long it’ll take to get perfectly cooked broccoli everyone will enjoy. It’s so simple you’ll probably never cook broccoli any other way!

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Perfect Broccoli in “No Time”

The secret to perfect broccoli in the Instant Pot?

Easy, it’s cooking it for zero minutes. That’s right, you read that correctly. You set your pot for zero minutes and then do a quick release. The Instant Pot will cook or steam the broccoli while your pot is coming up to pressure.

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The Perfect Quick and Healthy Side to Any Meal

So if you’re looking for a healthy side for your entree, then look no further than broccoli. It’s one of the healthiest veggies you can eat! Add to that the ease and speed at which you can cook it in the Instant Pot and you’ve got yourself a winner!

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Most of the time we eat our broccoli plain. But if you’re looking to kick it up a notch or you like eating your broccoli with a bit more flavor, then check out my recipe for this amazing Instant Pot Lemon Butter Broccoli.

instant pot broccoli recipe

My family loves broccoli in all forms and they especially love it when I make it quickly for them in the Instant Pot. Your family will love it too!

Kitchen Prep Tools, Utensils & Appliances

Before we get started, here is a list of the kitchen prep tools, utensils, and appliances I used to make this recipe.

Prep Tools & Utensils

These are the items you’ll need to prep and make this recipe:

Appliances & Cookware

This recipe will work in the 3-quart, 6-quart or 8-quart Instant Pots.

Serving Platters & Dishes

I’ll usually use a salad bowl similar to this beautiful salad bowl when serving broccoli.

Must-Have Instant Pot Accessories

Don’t forget to check out my post on Must-Have Accessories for the Instant Pot. It’s a complete list of all the top accessories that can be used with the Instant Pot.

Must-Have Instant Pot Cookbooks

I have also put together a list of Must-Have Cookbooks for the Instant Pot.

Now it’s your turn to give broccoli in the Instant Pot a try!

I’ve also included some tips and serving suggestions below the recipe card to help you make Instant Pot Broccoli even more delicious.

Zero-Minute Instant Pot Broccoli

instant pot broccoli recipe
DifficultyBeginnerPrep Time5 minsTotal Time10 mins

Ingredients

 1 large head of broccoli, rinsed and cut into florets
 salt and pepper to taste

Directions

1

Add the broccoli florets to the Instant Pot using a steamer basket or the trivet.

2

Add 1/2 a cup of water to the Instant Pot, close the pot and set the pressure release valve to 'Sealing'.

3

Set the pot to 'Manual' or 'Pressure Cook' High Pressure for 0 minutes.

4

Once the Instant Pot comes to pressure and beeps, perform a Quick Pressure Release (QPR) and immediately release the pressure.

5

Once the pressure has been released, open the pot and immediately remove the broccoli.

6

Rinse the broccoli under cool water for 5-10 seconds to prevent it from overcooking.

7

Season with salt and pepper to your liking and toss.

Notes

This recipe works in all Instant Pots including the 3-quart, 6-quart and 8-quart.

Kitchen Prep Tools, Utensils, and Appliances

These are some of the kitchen prep tools, utensils, and appliances that were used to make this recipe:

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Instant Pot Must-Haves

ACCESSORIES

Here are some must-have accessories for the Instant Pot:

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Oh, and don't forget to check out my post on Must-Have Accessories for the Instant Pot for a more complete list of accessories.

COOKBOOKS

Here are some must-have cookbooks for the Instant Pot:

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I have also put together a complete list of Must-Have Cookbooks for the Instant Pot.

If you need more information on using and getting the most out of your Instant Pot, check out these resources.

Ingredients

 1 large head of broccoli, rinsed and cut into florets
 salt and pepper to taste

Directions

1

Add the broccoli florets to the Instant Pot using a steamer basket or the trivet.

2

Add 1/2 a cup of water to the Instant Pot, close the pot and set the pressure release valve to 'Sealing'.

3

Set the pot to 'Manual' or 'Pressure Cook' High Pressure for 0 minutes.

4

Once the Instant Pot comes to pressure and beeps, perform a Quick Pressure Release (QPR) and immediately release the pressure.

5

Once the pressure has been released, open the pot and immediately remove the broccoli.

6

Rinse the broccoli under cool water for 5-10 seconds to prevent it from overcooking.

7

Season with salt and pepper to your liking and toss.

Zero-Minute Instant Pot Steamed Broccoli

Tips & Tricks

Here are a few tips & tricks to help you be successful in making this broccoli:

  • Don’t skimp on the rinse.  Once the Instant Pot has completed the cooking time and fully released the pressure, remove the broccoli from the pot immediately and rinse under cool water. This will slow the cooking process and keep the broccoli from overcooking.
  • Plunge in ice. Alternatively, you can plunge the broccoli into ice water to completely halt the cooking process.
  • Works in all pots. This recipe works in all pot sizes.

Serving Suggestions

Here are a few ideas for serving your broccoli:

  • Toss with a sauce. Toss this broccoli with a sauce like my lemon butter sauce to make it even more tasty.
  • Make it a salad. Toss with lime juice and soy sauce and top with cashews for a delicious salad.
  • Liven it up. Add some minced garlic, red pepper flakes, and a hint of vinegar to kick things up a notch.
  • Partner with a dip. Serve your broccoli up with a creamy, healthy yogurt dip.
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