how to steam in instant pot



Steaming is the easiest way to cook vegetables. It's fast, simple, and you don't have to worry about overcooking them. Steaming is also one of the healthiest ways to prepare your food because it doesn't require any fat or oil (you know what they say: The best steamer is no steamer at all). Here are a few tips for getting started with steaming in your new Instant Pot:

How to Steam With the Steam Feature on Your Instant Pot

  • Fill the Instant Pot with water.

  • Place the steam basket in the pot, and add your food to it. The basket should be on a trivet or other heat-safe surface that elevates it so that it does not sit directly on top of the bottom of the pot (this ensures that no water can get into your food).

  • Close and lock the lid, then press "Steam."

How to Steam Vegetables in One Pot in Your Instant Pot

  • Add water to the inner pot of your Instant Pot.

  • Add veggies to the inner pot and make sure they're submerged in water during steaming, but don't overfill it because you'll need room for steam to gather as well! If necessary, you can use a rack or trivet to keep them above the water level (just be careful not to burn yourself).

  • Put lid on, set steam valve to sealing position, then set manual mode and high pressure; adjust time depending on what kind of veg you're cooking (vegetables usually take 3-5 minutes).

Steaming tip: Use the right amount of liquid

  • Use a minimum of 1 cup of water. When steaming, use enough water to cover the food and leave room for steam to circulate. The amount of water you need depends on the size of your pot. If you're using a 3-quart (3L) or larger pot, use 1-2 cups (250-500 ml) of liquid in addition to any liquids used in cooking your food this will ensure that there's enough room for steam to circulate around all parts of your meal as it cooks.

  • Close the lid and turn pressure release valve closed during all pressure cooking modes except “Manual,” which does not require preheating before sealing.*

The easiest way is with the built-in steam feature.

The easiest way is with the built-in steam function.

  • Place a trivet in the Instant Pot.

  • Add water to the pot (1 cup [250 mL] per 1 cup [250 mL] of food).

  • Add vegetables or other foods to be steamed on top of the trivet, but do not fill more than 2/3 full with food. You can use any kind of steamer basket or rack (not included with your Instant Pot), as long as it fits inside without touching any other part of your Instant Pot's inner walls or lid.^4

  • Close and lock lid according to manufacturer’s instructions for sealing, then set valve position to “Sealing” mode by pressing down until it clicks into place


Although steaming is a pretty straightforward process, there are some things you can do to make it easier. For example, don’t use too much liquid in your pot it just makes it harder to monitor the cooking time and adjust accordingly if necessary. Instead, pour just enough water into the bottom of the pot so that when you place your food on top (without any additional liquids), it will come up about halfway up the sides of whatever you’re steaming. Additionally, always remember to cover your Instant Pot with its lid before using any of these methods so that steam doesn't escape from around its edges!


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