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Instant Pot Cauliflower

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This Instant Pot cauliflower is so easy to make. It’s a healthy side dish recipe, and you can’t beat the zero minute cook time! (vegan, gluten-free)

This Instant Pot cauliflower is so easy to make. It’s a healthy side dish recipe, and you can’t beat a zero minute cook time! (vegan, gluten-free)

I love cauliflower in all its forms. From savory roasted cauliflower to cauliflower pancakes and curry, this humble vegetable can take on so many different personalities.

For those nights when I’m short on time, this quick Instant Pot cauliflower is the ideal side dish. It cooks while the pot comes to pressure (5 to 10 minutes), so it only needs a cook time of zero minutes. This method works for many other vegetables as well, including broccoli and asparagus.

Tips for Instant Pot Cauliflower

If you’re making a cauliflower mash or another recipe that calls for steamed cauliflower, this is the easiest way to prepare it. Just skip the seasonings and follow the Instant Pot cooking instructions below.

The process of making Instant Pot cauliflower couldn't be easier!

One important tip for making this recipe is to release the pressure immediately when the pot beeps after coming to pressure, and quickly remove the cauliflower from the pot. If you leave it in for a few extra minutes, it’ll be mushy.

I like to season the cauliflower before cooking it, but you can also sprinkle on the seasoning after cooking if you’d prefer. Adjust the spices according to your family’s tastes, adding more or less chili powder as desired.

Use a stainless steel steamer basket rather than the rack that comes with the Instant Pot. If you cut your veggies too small, they’ll fall through the gaps in the rack into the water.

Kids will enjoy this cauliflower dipped in Ranch dressing, but it’s also delicious on its own. It’s so easy to make this pressure cooker cauliflower on a busy night!

Instant Pot Cauliflower

This Instant Pot cauliflower is so easy to make. It’s a healthy vegan, gluten-free side dish recipe, and you can’t beat the zero minute cook time! ($.39 per serving)
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4.67 from 9 votes
This Instant Pot cauliflower is so easy to make!
Prep Time:5 mins
Cook Time:10 mins
Total Time:15 mins


  • 1 head cauliflower (about 2 lbs)
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder


  • Wash the cauliflower and cut it into bite-sized florets. Place it in a large bowl.
  • In a small bowl, combine the smoked paprika, salt, and chili powder. Sprinkle the mixture over the cauliflower, and stir to coat evenly. Transfer the cauliflower to a steamer basket that will fit in your Instant Pot.
  • Place 1 cup of water in the Instant Pot, then put the steamer basket in the pot. Cover the lid and turn the vent to Sealing.
  • Set the pot to Manual High Pressure for 0 minutes. The cauliflower will be cooked by the time the pot comes to pressure. Use a quick release and carefully remove the steamer basket from the pot immediately after the pot comes to pressure. Serve warm.


Calories: 18kcal
Servings: 8
Calories: 18kcal

Instant Pot Cauliflower Price Breakdown

This recipe costs $3.08 to make, or $.39 per serving. Enjoy this easy pressure cooker cauliflower on a busy night.


  1. 2 stars
    Zero minutes wasn’t anywhere near long enough—the cauliflower florets were not even Al dente, but close to raw. Two four minute cooks later (total of almost 9 minutes) they were ready to mash. I had a huge amount of steam release after each cook so I know instant pot was working as intended. Major fail.

      1. 8 quart pot, bite size florets from a fairly small head of cauliflower. There was a good head of steam as every time I thought it was done and vented it released hard.

      2. It works like a charm for me every time in my 6 quart Instant Pot. The cauliflower comes out crisp-tender. You would need to cook it longer if you want a very soft, mashable texture. Since you’re using a larger pot, you may need more water. I believe the manual suggests a minimum of at least 18 oz of liquid for the 8 quart pot. For mashable cauliflower, try a 3 minute cook time.

  2. 5 stars
    Super easy!! Hardest part was cutting up the head, took just a few minutes to build up steam then poof, it was done! Perfectly tender, tasty, and just a bit spicy from the cayenne!

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