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.
Instant Pot Broccoli Means No Fuss Broccoli
The nice thing about cooking your broccoli in an electric pressure cooker 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!
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 pressure cooker 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!
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.
My family loves broccoli in all forms and they especially love it when I make it quickly for them. Your family will love it too!
Kitchen Prep Tools, Utensils & Appliances
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:
- For this recipe, you won’t need much. You will need a small liquid measuring cup and some good knives to cut the head of broccoli into florets.
- You will also need a steamer basket and a pair of Instant Pot mini mitts when lifting the basket out of the hot pot.
Appliances & Cookware
Serving Platters & Dishes
I’ll usually use a salad bowl similar to this beautiful salad bowl when serving broccoli.
Instant Pot Accessories
Make sure to check out my post on Must-Have Accessories for the Instant Pot. You’ll find a complete list of all the top accessories that can be used with your Instant Pot.
Now it’s your turn to give this easy recipe 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. Also, if you like the speed and ease of this recipe, you’ll also want to check out my Zero-Minute Instant Pot Cauliflower recipe.
Zero-Minute Instant Pot Steamed Broccoli
Just add broccoli and water.
- 1 head broccoli rinsed and cut into florets
- kosher salt to taste
- ground black pepper to taste
- Add the broccoli florets to the Instant Pot using a steamer basket or the trivet.
- Add ½ a cup of water to the Instant Pot, close the pot and set the pressure release valve to 'Sealing'.
- Set the pot to 'Manual' or 'Pressure Cook' High Pressure for 0 minutes.
- Once the Instant Pot comes to pressure and beeps, perform a Quick Pressure Release (QPR) and immediately release the pressure.
- Once the pressure has been released, open the pot and immediately remove the broccoli.
- Rinse the broccoli under cool water for 5-10 seconds to prevent it from overcooking.
- Season with salt and pepper to your liking and toss.
While every effort is made to correctly calculate these nutritional facts, they should be used as general guidance as they may not be 100% accurate.
Some things you should know about this Zero-Minute Instant Pot Steamed Broccoli recipe.
Works in all pot sizes. This recipe works in all Instant Pots including the 3-quart, 6-quart and 8-quart.
Tips & Tricks
Here are a few tips and tricks to help you make this Zero-Minute Instant Pot Steamed Broccoli recipe your own.
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.
Here are a few ideas for serving your Zero-Minute Instant Pot Steamed 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.