Zero-Minute Instant Pot Broccoli

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. That's great because broccoli can be used to make so many wonderful side dishes.

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.

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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!

an instant pot filled with steaming broccoli

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.

steamer basket filled with steamed broccoli
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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!

rinsing broccoli

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.

close up of a large bowl with 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!

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


4.50 from 14 votes
Cooking Method(s)
  • Pressure Cooking
Pressure LevelHigh
Program SettingManual / Pressure Cook
Prep Time
5 minutes
Total Time
5 minutes
Recipe by: Valerie Cooper
Steamed broccoli can be enjoyed in so many ways. Mix it into a stir-fry, toss it with your favorite dressing or add it to a casserole. So many possibilities.
steaming broccoli in the instant pot

Essential Equipment

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  • 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.

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 25kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 2g | Sodium: 25mg | Potassium: 240mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 475IU | Vitamin C: 67.8mg | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 0.6mg

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6 thoughts on “Zero-Minute Instant Pot Broccoli”

  1. Hello again Valerie! I just made this for dinner tonight and WOW how did you know how I like my broccoli? I think the person who thought it was overcooked likes crunchier veggies. The way this turned out after following your instruction to the T was perfect for me. Mind you I was skeptical but after trying a few of your recipes already I had a feeling it might just work and I’m so happy it did!

    1. Hi! Theoretically, you would do it the same way for the same amount of time. The pot will take longer to come to pressure since the broccoli is frozen. If it’s not done in the end, you can always repeat the process for zero minutes. Hope this helps!

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