how to steam broccoli in instant pot



Steaming broccoli in the Instant Pot is an easy way to cook your favorite vegetable. Steaming broccoli in the Instant Pot is an easy way to prepare this healthy green vegetable.

Purchase Broccoli.

To begin, you will need to purchase the broccoli. This can be purchased from one of two places: the grocery store or a farmer's market. Choose fresh broccoli with crisp leaves and stalks that are bright green in color. You should avoid purchasing wilted or yellowing broccolis as well as limp or soft ones. It is also important that you check for signs of bruising on the outer leaves to ensure your product has not been damaged during shipping, handling or storage. Finally, make sure that any broccoli you have purchased has a strong, pleasant smell when you sniff it before purchasing it!

Prepare Broccoli.

The first thing you'll want to do is prepare the broccoli. Remove any leaves, then cut off the base of the stem. Take your sharpest knife (preferably a paring knife) and make several cuts through each floret until it separates into two parts, sort of like cutting a flower in half vertically but only making one incision per piece. This will help reduce cook time and prevent over-steaming.

Place Broccoli in the instant pot.

  • Place the broccoli in the instant pot.

  • Don’t crowd your pot. The more broccoli you place in it, the longer it will take to steam them all.

  • Don’t overfill your pot either; otherwise, you run the risk of not being able to close it properly and cooking them in their own steam or getting water splashed everywhere. In fact, if you’re steaming something like asparagus or mushrooms (or any other vegetable), use one cup less water than what is recommended on this page so that they don't get too wet and soggy once cooked!

Add Water.

  • Add enough water to just cover the bottom of your pot.

  • For a small batch, add 1 cup of water per person. For a large batch, you can use 2 cups of water per person.

  • If you are making an even larger batch than that, increase the amount of water by ¼ cup for every additional serving.

Set The Instant Pot To Steam Broccoli.

  • Set The Instant Pot To Steam Broccoli.

  • Press the manual button, and set the time to 5 minutes.

  • Set your pressure level to high or low, depending on your preference.

Serve Immediately Or Allow To Release Naturally.

Once the pressure has released on its own, open the pot carefully. Remove the lid and stir in any additional seasonings or salt if you desire. Serve immediately or allow to release naturally.

How long do I have to wait for a natural release? If you don't have time for a natural release, do a quick release by moving the valve from sealed to venting position. When steam stops escaping through this opening, remove lid and stir in any additional seasonings or salt if desired.

How long should I wait for my broccoli after doing a quick-release? For broccoli that's meant to be served hot off the stovetop (not stored), we recommend waiting two minutes before eating and another three minutes before serving others around your table! This ensures that all those nutrients are still locked into those florets!

With an Istant Pot you can steam broccoli in 5-6 minutes!

You can steam broccoli in your instant pot in 5-6 minutes! This is a healthy way to cook broccoli, and it's super easy.

To use the steam function:

  • Add 1 cup of water to the bottom of your pot

  • Place your trivet inside the Instant Pot and set it on top of your steamer rack (if you don't have a trivet, you can just place them on the bottom of your pot).

  • Stack up some quartered bags of frozen vegetables on top of each other so they form one stack approximately 4 inches high (this will allow enough space for steam to circulate underneath). Then place one full bag or two half bags next to them - this creates room for everything else that needs cooking so that everything doesn't end up sitting directly on top of each other when cooking is complete (there will still be plenty left over from these two stacks).


Steaming broccoli in the instant pot is not only fast, but also easy and convenient. You can use any type of water to steam broccoli, as long as it covers the bottom of your pressure cooker by at least one inch. This method also works well with other veggies like cauliflower or carrots. Once you try it out yourself, we know that you will be impressed with how easy this process is!


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