Instant Pot Steamed Broccoli Recipe

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Got some broccoli, waiting to be put to use? Give this easy Instant Pot steamed broccoli a shot and try different ways to put it to use!

Broccoli is one of the most nutrient rich and healthy veggies out there, and being super quick and easy to cook, there’s a ton you can do with it. And if you have an Instant Pot, things are about to get better. 

The next time you grab some broccoli on your next trip to the supermarket, give this Instant Pot steamed broccoli a try. With zero minutes (yes, that’s correct. Zero minutes) of cooking time in your Instant Pot, you definitely can’t go wrong. 

Plate with salmon steak and garnish prepared in multi cooker on table

Can I Steam Broccoli in My Instant Pot without a Steamer Basket?

The steamer basket is one of the best and most useful Instant Pot accessories worth getting your hands on, but if you don’t already have it, and are wondering if you can still steam broccoli (and practically any other veggie) in the Instant Pot, well yes, you can! 

You can either cut the broccoli into larger chunks and place them on the trivet, or into smaller, bite sized florets and then directly place them in the inner pot along with the water. 

How Long Does it Take to Steam Broccoli in an Instant Pot?

Literally zero minutes- if you exclude the preheating time that is! To steam broccoli in your Instant Pot, you’ll first need to add ¾ cup of water into the pot, preheat it for 15 minutes, and then press the pressure cook button, set it to high and then cook the broccoli for zero minutes. 

Best of all, this doesn’t just work for broccoli but almost any other veggie! 

Can I Overcook Broccoli in the Instant Pot?

Like with most vegetables, there’s definitely a risk of overcooking the broccoli in your Instant Pot. Exceeding the cooking/steaming time will cause the broccoli to develop a distinct olive green color as opposed to the vibrant green color that it is supposed to have! 

Fresh  raw vegetables in steam basket. Ready for cooking.

Can I Freeze Steamed Broccoli?

Yes you definitely can! If you are someone who likes to batch cook foods and store them for later, this can be a great option. Ideally, it is best to flash cook or steam broccoli (and most other veggies) first before you freeze them. 

Pat dry the steamed broccoli, lay them on a baking dish lined with parchment paper, pop them in the freezer for around 30 minutes, get them out and then store them in a freezer safe container. 

How Can I Use Instant Pot Steamed Broccoli?

Steamed broccoli is super versatile, and there’s tons of ways you can put it to use. Here are a few ideas to get you started. 

  • You can add it to your soups and stews to lend it a nice healthy kick without any distinct change in flavor. If you don’t have a problem with how broccoli tastes, you might want to try this Instant Pot broccoli and cheese soup recipe! 
  • Turn it into a quick side dish by drizzling some olive oil and tossing it with some sliced onions, halved cherry tomatoes and some feta cheese. 
  • You can also toss the steamed broccoli with a mixture of finely chopped garlic, sauted for a quick minute in some olive oil and mixed with a dash of salt and chilli flakes. 
  • Or simply toss it in some umami-packed miso butter.
Yield: 4 servings

Instant Pot Steamed Broccoli Recipe

Plate with salmon steak and garnish prepared in multi cooker on table

Enjoy fresh broccoli steamed right in your Instant Pot or Ninja Foodi. This easy steamed broccoli recipe makes cooking this healthy vegetable so easy.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Additional Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes



Instant Pot Steamed Broccoli Recipe


  1. Wash and then cut broccoli into florets based on size preference.
  2. Add water to inner pot of your pressure cooker.
  3. Add broccoli to the steamer basket and lower into the Instant Pot, Ninja Foodi, or other pressure cooker.
  4. Close the pressure cooker lid and set the pressure valve to sealing. Set for a high pressure cooking time of ZERO minutes.
  5. Keep in mind that although the cook time is zero minutes, the pot is still steaming the broccoli as it builds and releases pressure.
  6. Do a quick pressure release after the cooking time finishes.
  7. Then, remove the lid after the pressure is completely released.
  8. Carefully lift out the steamer basket and serve the broccoli.


Tips to improve the texture and smell of broccoli:

  1. Before putting the steamer basket with the broccoli, heat the water until it reaches a boil and adds a little salt.
  2. Cook them for 4-5 minutes.
  3. When finished, drain the broccoli and submerge it in a bowl with ice.
  4. Wait for them to cool and voila!

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 40Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 50mgCarbohydrates 8gFiber 4gSugar 2gProtein 3g

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  • Jessica McCoy

    Jessica McCoy is a seasoned food blogger with 14+ years of experience in the industry. As a self-taught home cook, she enjoys creating and finetuning easy recipes that are fool proof and simple for anyone to make. Her expertise is in all things kitchen: cooking tips, air fryer recipes, Instant Pot and other pressure cooking recipes, and slow cooker recipes. Jessica was the previous owner of AllSheCooks, where she focused on easy every day recipes including budget friendly dinner recipes and desserts.

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