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

instant pot steamed cauliflower

Making cauliflower in the Instant Pot is super fast, easy and convenient! It’s one of those things you will never cook on the stovetop again once you try it in the Instant Pot.

My kids have always loved broccoli, so when they were little we told them cauliflower was white broccoli! That did it!

They love cauliflower just as much and to this day they still call it white broccoli! (They know it’s not, they just keep calling it that!)

No Fuss Cauliflower

It’s as simple as tossing your cauliflower into a steamer basket, adding water, and sealing your pot! No need to watch a boiling pot, or worrying about under or overcooking your cauliflower. It’s a no-fuss side you can enjoy in minutes.

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Perfect Cauliflower in “No Time”

The secret to perfect cauliflower in the Instant Pot?

Well, just like broccoli in the Instant Pot, the secret is cooking it for zero minutes. That’s right, zero minutes!

You set your pot for zero minutes and then do a quick pressure release. The Instant Pot will cook or steam the cauliflower to perfection while your pot is coming up to pressure.

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A Perfect Fast and Healthy Side to Any Meal

So if you’re looking for a healthy side for your entrée, then look no further than steamed cauliflower. In my opinion, it tastes delicious by itself, but you may want to add salt, pepper, garlic, butter, or whatever suits your fancy! Either way, it’s a perfect addition to any meal!

Most of the time we eat our cauliflower plain. Once in a while though, when we want to indulge, we make this amazing loaded mashed cauliflower. It’s definitely a treat!

Cauliflower is a common side dish at our house, and now that we make it in the Instant Pot, it’s so much easier and faster to get it on the table.

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 my cauliflower.

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 cauliflower 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 Cauliflower even more delicious.

Best Served As:
  • Side Dish
Zero-Minute Instant Pot Steamed Cauliflower

instant pot steamed cauliflower

The absolute quickest way to get perfectly steamed cauliflower every time.

Servings:8
Difficulty:Super easy
Cooking Method(s):
  • Instant Pot
Pressure Level:High
Program:Manual / Pressure Cook
Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time
0 minutes
Pressure Release
QPR
Total Time
5 minutes
This Recipe Is:
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Ingredients

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

Directions

1

Add the cauliflower 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

After the pressure has been released and the pin drops, open the pot and immediately remove the cauliflower.

6

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

7

Season with salt and pepper to your liking.

Kitchen Tools

This is a list of the kitchen tool, utensils and appliances I used to make this recipe.

Notes

Some things you should know about this Zero-Minute Instant Pot Steamed Cauliflower recipe.

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

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Tips & Tricks

Here are a few tips and tricks to help you make this Zero-Minute Instant Pot Steamed Cauliflower recipe your own.

Don't skimp on the rinse. Once the Instant Pot has completed the cooking time and fully released the pressure, immediately remove the cauliflower from the pot and rinse under cool water. This will slow down the cooking process and keep the cauliflower from overcooking.

Give it an ice bath. Alternatively, you can completely halt the cooking process by plunging the cauliflower into ice water.

Works in all pot sizes. This recipe works in all Instant Pot sizes.

Serving Suggestions

Here are a few ideas for serving your Zero-Minute Instant Pot Steamed Cauliflower.

Toss with butter and garlic. Toss this cauliflower with melted butter and a clove of minced garlic to make it even more tasty.

Make it a tasty salad. Toss with a white wine vinegar, olive oil, minced garlic and parsley for a tangy treat.

Turn it into a casserole. Place the cauliflower florets in a baking dish, dollop some sour cream over the cauliflower, sprinkle the top with a handful of cheddar cheese and some bacon bits, then bake at 425° until the cheese starts to bubble. Yum!

Make my loaded casserole. Alternatively, you can try my loaded mashed cauliflower casserole. It requires a little extra steaming time to make the cauliflower soft enough to mash into a creamy consistency. You’ll find the complete instructions in this recipe.

Ingredients

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

Directions

1

Add the cauliflower 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

After the pressure has been released and the pin drops, open the pot and immediately remove the cauliflower.

6

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

7

Season with salt and pepper to your liking.

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