Instant Pot Brussels Sprouts

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This Instant Pot Brussels Sprouts recipe is healthy, quick, easy, and amazingly tasty. Plus, you can make it with fresh or frozen Brussel sprouts. Be prepared to fall in foodie love!

Suitable for Vegan, Low Carb, Keto, Gluten-Free, and Paleo diets. Post Includes Weight Watchers points.

a bowl of instant pot brussels sprouts

Brussels sprouts get a bad rap. They consistently find themselves at the top of the list of top 5 most hated vegetables. But happily, the mini chefs (and Freddy when he is in a veg mood) find them to be amazingly tasty, especially when I make this Instant Pot Brussels Sprouts recipe.

And I give Brussels sprouts major bonus points because they are amazingly good for you, too. A win-win for all food lovers. Once you try this easy peasy Instant Pot Brussels Sprouts recipe, I know you will agree. YES, you can totally cook Brussels sprouts in the Instant Pot – awesome, right?

These mini cabbages are both quite adorable and super versatile. The most common cooking method is to roast them, but they can also be eaten raw and make the best addition to coleslaw and salads. You can make Smashed Brussel Sprouts, and you can also steam or sauté them, which is exactly how it is done in this Instant Pot Brussels Sprouts recipe.

a plate of instant pot brussel sprouts with sundried tomatoes

Why Make This Recipe

  • Versatile – What makes cooking them in the Instant Pot so great is that it works equally well whether you use fresh or frozen Brussels sprouts. That’s right….frozen! But don’t worry, folks, these are not the mushy, overcooked grey-hued sprouts you may remember from your childhood.
  • Flavorful – made with ingredients that pack a lot of flavors, like apple cider vinegar, tamari sauce, and sun-dried tomatoes. The ACV and tamari sauce not only provides a bright acidity to the dish, but they help to caramelize the Instant Pot Brussels sprouts during the sauté process, which adds such delicious crispiness to the outer leaves.
  • Nutritious – This veggie is high in protein, vitamins, and minerals, yet low in fat and calories. I’d say it’s the perfect side dish!

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Ready to learn how to make Instant Pot Brussels Sprouts? Let me show you just how easy it is, and get ready to fall in love…..

How To Make Instant Pot Brussels Sprouts

  1. Add the oil to the Instant Pot insert and select sauté, and leave until the Instant Pot reads hot.
  2. Then switch off the sauté mode and add the Brussels sprouts, stir, and let cook in the residual heat for a couple of minutes (yes, you don’t need the steamer basket for this recipe).
  3. Add the vinegar and tamari sauce, stir and cover the Instant Pot, turn the valve to sealing, select manual, high pressure, and set cook for 3 minutes.
  4. Then perform a quick release, stir in the chopped sun-dried tomato and serve your Instant Pot Brussels Sprouts.

If 3 minutes is not enough the first time, cook for 4 minutes when you make brussels sprouts again – as this depends on the size of sprouts.

instant pot brussels sprouts step by step process photos in pot

To Cook From Frozen

  • Frozen sprouts are already soft, so set the cook time for 0 minutes (yes, 0!) and then perform a quick release.
  • Then add the rest of the ingredients and mix and serve your Instant Pot Brussels Sprouts.

I first tried setting the cook time for 1 minute and QPR, but they were too soft.

Steamed Instant Pot Brussels Sprouts In A Steamer Basket

You can actually steam your brussels sprouts in a steamer basket if you prefer. Just add water to the Instant Pot insert, add the sprouts in the basket inside the insert and cook as normal.

Tips for Success

  • No need to core Brussels sprouts. Simply cut the stem end flat, and remove any discolored leaves.
  • But do trim and cut them in half so that they cook perfectly.
  • Swap dried cranberries and chopped pecans for the sun-dried tomatoes.
  • If not vegan, try cooking your brussels sprouts with bacon.
  • Add in butter if not vegan.
  • Green onions and chili also work well in this recipe.
  • Cook times listed do not include time for the Instant Pot to come up to pressure or for the pressure to release.

Delicious Variations

  • Make ’em with bacon – try cooking Brussel sprouts with bacon (or pancetta or even turkey bacon) for an amazing 2-ingredient dish with tons of flavor. In fact, Brussel sprouts with bacon is my meat-loving OH’s favorite side dish. Yeap, it really is that good!
  • Transform them – Prepare these Instant Pot Brussels sprouts, let cool, then shred the cooked brussels sprouts and use in coleslaw or add them to a salad.
  • Add Toppings – top your sprouts with salt and black pepper, balsamic vinegar, a drizzle of olive oil, and some freshly grated parmesan cheese.

FAQs

Is it Brussel Sprouts or Brussels Sprouts?

Named after the capital city of Belgium, this cute green orb is correctly referred to as a Brussels Sprout. Interestingly enough, a common mistake is to drop the ‘s’ and refer to them as brussel sprouts. Either way, I just like to call them delicious!

How Long To Steam Brussel Sprouts?

Making Instant Pot Brussels sprouts is really rather easy. How long it takes to steam depends entirely if you use fresh or frozen Brussels sprouts, and how firm or soft you like them cooked.

My best advice is to start with setting the cook time for 0 minutes and checking doneness. Then you can always add more time to your preference.

Can You Use Frozen Brussels Sprouts in the Instant Pot?

Yes – if using frozen Brussels sprouts, thaw in the fridge before cooking. The trick for using thawed frozen Brussels sprouts is setting the cooking time for 0 minutes (yeap, 0!) and performing a quick pressure release to make sure they don’t turn out too soft.

Are Pressure Cooker Brussels Sprouts Good For You?

Yeap, very. Brussels sprouts are part of the cruciferous vegetable family, a particularly healthy group of vegetables that is rich in powerful phytochemicals, which scientists believe may help protect against cancer.

Brussels sprouts are quite high in protein compared to other green vegetables, making them an excellent choice for those following a vegetarian or vegan diet. Just one serving of these little green powerhouses meets the daily requirements for both vitamin C and vitamin K.

And making this Instant Pot Brussels sprout recipe makes it easy to take in all of this healthy goodness. So go ahead and cook your brussels sprouts in your Instant Pot!

image of brussels sprouts

Prep Ahead and Storage

  • Prep Ahead – This Instant Pot Brussel Sprouts recipe is a great make-ahead dish. Whip up a couple of batches and use them for meal prep throughout the week.
  • Storage – Keep cooked Brussels sprouts in an airtight container inside the fridge for up to 5 days.
  • Reheat – To warm up, you simply reheat in the microwave – the fastest way. But if you prefer, you can reheat using your instant pot sauté function or the stovetop.

Instant Pot Brussel Sprouts Recipe for the Holidays

Brussels sprouts are at their peak and harvested during the late fall and into the winter. In fact, they are considered to be sweetest after a frost has occurred, which makes this Brussels sprouts recipe the perfect accompaniment for your Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday meals. (And you folks know how much I loooooove Christmas.)

The beautiful red of the sun-dried tomatoes combines with the bright green sprouts to bring some festive holiday color to your table. I think a light and healthy side dish that also happens to be exceptionally tasty is such a welcome addition to a holiday meal, as it adds a nice balance to rich and decadent foods.

And not only is this pressure cooker Brussels sprouts recipe quick and easy, it doesn’t require any precious stovetop or oven space, which is a never-ending battle in my kitchen during the holiday season.

Pressure cooker brussels sprouts in a bowl

Serving Suggestions

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 Weight Watchers Points

There is just 1 Blue Plan SmartPoint in a serving of this.

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5 from 8 votes

Instant Pot Brussels Sprouts

Make amazingly tasty Instant Pot Brussels Sprouts with this quick and easy recipe.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time3 minutes
Total Time8 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Vegan, Western
Servings: 5
Calories: 62kcal
Author: Bintu Hardy

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 pound (450g) Brussels sprouts trimmed and cut in half
  • 3 tablespoons Tamari soy sauce or regular soy sauce if not gluten-free
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons chopped sun-dried tomatoes drained

Instructions

  • Add the oil to the Instant Pot insert and select sauté, and leave until the Instant Pot reads hot.
  • Then switch off the sauté mode and add the Brussels sprouts, stir, and let cook in the residual heat for a couple of minutes.
  • Add the vinegar and tamari sauce, stir and cover the Instant Pot, turn valve to sealing, select manual, high pressure and set cook time for 3 minutes.
  • Then perform a quick release, stir in the chopped sun dried tomato and serve.
  • If 3 minutes is not enough the first time, cook for 4 minutes the next time you cook Brussels Sprouts – as it depends on the size of the sprouts.

To make frozen Brussels sprouts:

  • Frozen Brussels sprouts are already soft, so set the cook time for 0 minutes (yes, 0!) and then perform a quick release. I first tried setting the cook time for 1 minute and a QPR, but they were too soft.
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Notes

  • No need to core Brussels sprouts. Simply cut the stem end flat, and remove any discolored leaves.
  • Cook with bacon or pancetta, if not vegan.
  • Swap dried cranberries and chopped pecans for the sun-dried tomatoes.
  • If using frozen Brussels sprouts, thaw in the fridge before cooking.
  • 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.
  • Storage – keep cooked brussels sprouts in an airtight container inside the fridge for up to 5 days.
  • There is 1 WW Blue Plan Smart Points in a serving of this.

Nutrition

Calories: 62kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 633mg | Potassium: 475mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 705IU | Vitamin C: 77.7mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 1.8mg

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10 Comments

  1. I would love to bring these to Thanksgiving dinner. Could I transport them without them getting soggy?

  2. 5 stars
    I’ve never been able to develop a taste for brussel sprouts, but my son loves them. We’re having my son, daughter-in-law and 2 adult grandchildren over for dinner tomorrow night. I’m making this dish for him.

  3. 5 stars
    Thank you so much for this excellent recipe! I used frozen Brussels sprouts, added a splash of liquid smoke and the dish came out perfectly! I’m eating some of them now with a sprinkle of hot pepper flakes and nutritional yeast – trying not to devour the whole pot!

    1. 5 stars
      Never mind the question; I missed the drop down that allows adjusting the ingrediat list basede on servings. I think that is such cool functionality it needs to be a little more prominently displayed!

      Thank you.