Peeps, let’s talk about bad steamed broccoli.
You know the kind – soggy and an awful colour of green that is a bit more like greyish-brown. The kind of sad broccoli that you choke down while cursing vegetables and swearing that you will never eat broccoli ever again.
Instant Pot Broccoli
Overcooking steamed broccoli is a recipe for veggie disaster, but I have got your back with this easy peasy Instant Pot Broccoli recipe. As long as you follow my step-by-step instructions exactly, you will pull from your Instant Pot gorgeous green broccoli that is properly steamed but still has a bit of a ‘bite’ to it (aka not sad, soggy broccoli). This broccoli is so good that you will want to eat your veggies.
How Long To Cook Instant Pot Broccoli
And it’s also verrry easy (you put it on high pressure for 0 mins – yeap, 0). What this means is that the Instant Pot still takes some time to come up to pressure and in that time the broccoli will cook. But as soon as it comes to pressure you will have to stop cooking, and naturally, release the pressure. This gives you lovely firm broccoli.
If you want softer Instant Pot steamed broccoli or if you prefer bigger florets you can set the time for 1 minute under high pressure.
Instant Pot Broccoli Tools
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So gather your broccoli and let me show you…
How to Make Instant Pot Broccoli Step by Step
- Step 1. Wash the broccoli florets.
- Step 2. Add the water to the Instant Pot insert.
- Step 3. Place the steamer basket inside the Instant Pot insert and then add the broccoli florets to it.
- Step 4. Select the manual or pressure cook button (dependent upon IP model), select high pressure and set the timer to 0 mins.
- Step 5. As soon as Instant Pot comes to pressure and beeps, do a Quick Release. When complete, remove the lid and let the Instant Pot Broccoli cool by transferring to a cool container and letting it stand.
- Step 6. Season the Instant Pot Steamed Broccoli to taste and serve.
Steamed Broccoli Instant Pot Tips
For a super-nutritious drink, save the cooking water, chill it in the fridge and drink it. I know this may sound a bit strange, but it actually does taste good and it is full of all the good vitamins and minerals extracted from the steamed broccoli during the cooking process.
Do NOT do a Natural Pressure Release (NPR) with your broccoli. This is what happens when you are too busy checking emails to remember to QR your Instant Pot Broccoli as soon as it beeps and instead end up with a 15-min NPR:
Do not repeat my mistakes… do a quick release!!
How to Season Pressure Cooker Broccoli
You can season your Instant Pot Steamed Broccoli however you’d like. A few ideas:
- Citrus (lemon juice is a good choice)
- Sesame oil
- Lemon zest
- Fresh chopped parsley
- Freshly chopped cilantro
- Olive oil
You can also melt cheese on top for extra-tasty perfectly steamed broccoli.
Instant Pot Steamed Broccoli Serving Suggestions
Serve your Instant Pot Steamed Broccoli with:
- Any Instant Pot Rice recipe – I like to serve mine with brown basmati rice
- Chicken Breast Marinades – broccoli will taste good alongside any of these
- Parmesan Crusted Chicken
How Much Protein Does Broccoli Have?
Broccoli is quite high in protein. 150g (1 cup) chopped steamed broccoli has 3.8g protein.
Calories in a Cup of Broccoli
For that same 150g (1 cup) chopped steamed broccoli, there are a mere 54 calories.
Fiber in Broccoli
Broccoli is a very fibrous vegetable. 150g (1 cup) chopped steamed broccoli has 5.2g fibre.
Instant Pot Broccoli Weight Watchers Points
There are ZERO Freestyle points in Instant Pot Broccoli.
How to Steam Vegetables In An Instant Pot
Steaming vegetables in Instant Pot like cauliflower is a great way to use up those extra veggies bounty. It is a similar process like this one. You need some water in the base of the Instant Pot Excerpt. You need your trivet and you need your vegetables. Just make sure not to fill the Instant Pot past the fill line. Then set the time depending on the veggies. Quick cook vegetables will need only between 0-1 minute. You will certainly love Instant Pot Steamed Vegetables.
Other vegetables you can steam include artichokes, corn on the cob, beetroot, potatoes, carrots and green beans.
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Instant Pot Broccoli
- 400 g 2 1/3 cups of raw Broccoli florets cut into medium pieces (from 2 heads)
- 250 ml 1 cup water
- seasoning to taste
Instant Pot Broccoli
- Wash the broccoli.
- Add the water to the Instant Pot insert.
- Place the steamer basket inside the Instant Pot insert and then add the broccoli florets to it.
- Select the manual or pressure cook button (dependent upon IP model), select high pressure and set the timer to 0 mins.
- As soon as Instant Pot comes to pressure and beeps, do a Quick Release. When complete, remove the lid.
- Season to taste. You can use salt, chilli, citrus, sesame oil etc.
NoteCook time does not include time to come up to pressure or for pressure to release.
Instant Pot Broccoli Tips
- If you want softer broccoli or if you prefer bigger florets you can set the time for 1 min under high pressure.
- For a super-nutritious drink, save the cooking water, chill it in the fridge and drink it. I know this may sound a bit strange, but it actually does taste good and it is full of all the good vitamins and minerals extracted from the steamed broccoli during the cooking process.
- The total cook time does not include the time it takes for the Instant Pot to get to pressure and the time for the natural pressure release.