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Instant Pot Broccoli

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This Instant Pot broccoli is an easy, healthy vegan side dish with a zero minute cook time. Steam broccoli in the Instant Pot pressure cooker for a quick vegetable at dinnertime.

Instant Pot broccoli in a bowl

Broccoli is a go-to side dish in my house. It’s one of my favorite veggies. While my kids don’t always appreciate it on their plates, they’re usually willing to eat it because they know it’s good for them.

It can be hard to time steamed broccoli just right when you cook it on the stove. If you leave it on for a minute or two longer than necessary, it becomes dark and mushy.

That’s why I like to make pressure cooker broccoli. When I steam broccoli in the Instant Pot, there’s no guesswork about timing. It comes out just how I want it every time.

This zero minute cook time method works perfectly for Instant Pot cauliflower and Instant Pot asparagus, too. It works with other vegetables like green beans as well.

Steamed broccoli in the Instant Pot pressure cooker comes out perfectly every time.

Instant Pot Steamed Broccoli Tips

I like to use a half cup of water to steam a pound of broccoli. It comes out tender, but not mushy.

If you’d like the broccoli to be softened even more so you can mash it, use one cup of water instead. The larger amount of water will cause the pot to take longer to come to pressure. This results in the broccoli being steamed for a bit longer.

You can use a regular steamer basket like you’d use in a pot on the stove.

When I’m in a hurry, I serve this pressure cooker broccoli sprinkled with salt and pepper. If I have a little extra time, I return the steamed broccoli to the empty Instant Pot and set it to Saute. I top it with a little sesame oil and tamari sauce, and saute it for a minute. You could top it with parmesan cheese as well if you’re not avoiding dairy, or try a bit of nutritional yeast on top.

Here are some other topping ideas for steamed broccoli.

Instant Pot Broccoli

This Instant Pot broccoli is an easy, healthy side dish with a zero minute cook time.
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5 from 9 votes
This Instant Pot broccoli recipe makes it so easy to steam broccoli in a pressure cooker.
Prep Time:5 mins
Total Time:10 mins


  • 1 lb broccoli crown cut into florets
  • Salt & pepper to taste


  • Place ½ cup of water in the Instant Pot. Add the steamer basket and fill with broccoli florets. Cover with the lid and turn the valve to the sealing position. Set to Manual High Pressure for 0 minutes. The broccoli will be steamed during the time the pot comes to pressure.
  • When the pot beeps, turn the valve to the venting position for a quick steam release. Use a pot holder and protect your hand while turning the valve so you don’t get burned by the steam. Remove the broccoli from the pot immediately to keep it from over-cooking.
  • For a simple steamed broccoli side dish, sprinkle with salt and pepper and serve warm at this point.
  • As an alternative, remove the broccoli and steamer basket from the pot, and discard the water. Return the inner pot to the Instant Pot and set the pot to Saute. Place the steamed broccoli in the pot, and add 2 tsp tamari sauce and 1 tsp sesame oil or another seasoning of choice. Stir the broccoli in the heated pot on Saute for a minute or two to let the broccoli absorb the flavors of the sauce. Serve warm.


Calories: 19kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 19mg | Potassium: 179mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 353IU | Vitamin C: 51mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 1mg
Servings: 8
Calories: 19kcal
Cost: $.25 per serving

Instant Pot Broccoli Recipe Price Breakdown

This recipe costs $2.02 to make (with broccoli costing $2 per pound), or $.25 per serving. This Instant Pot broccoli is such a quick, easy side dish for a busy night!

Note: This recipe was originally published in 2019, and it was updated in 2022.


  1. I love recipes with zero minute cook time! 🙂 Everything about this Instant Pot broccoli sounds perfect to me!

  2. 5 stars
    Instant pot is one of my favorites, and I’m adding broccoli to my list. Love seeing how fresh and nutritious it is!

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