These Instant Pot Brussels Sprouts cook up in just 1 minute and are seasoned with lemon, garlic and parmesan.
Ingredients in this recipe
This is a super simple recipe with a short ingredient list. Here’s what you need:
- water (to bring the Instant Pot to pressure)
- brussels sprouts
- olive oil
- lemon juice
- chili flakes
- parmesan cheese
How to steam brussels sprouts in the Instant Pot
Here’s how to make these brussels sprouts in the pressure cooker. The main thing to watch is that you don’t overcook them. This is done by pressure cooking for just one minute!
Here’s how to steam these brussels sprouts:
- Assemble all ingredients.
- Add water to the bottom of Instant Pot and then place trivet inside the inner pot.
- Add brussels sprouts, then drizzle with olive oil & lemon juice, sprinkling garlic, salt & pepper and chili flakes overtop of brussels sprouts.
- Pressure cook for 1 minute, then do a quick release of the pressure.
- Carefully remove brussels sprouts from Instant Pot and serve on a large platter, gently tossing with freshly grated parmesan cheese.
- Serve and enjoy!
Can you use frozen brussels sprouts?
I do not recommend using frozen brussels sprouts to make this recipe.
The reason is, frozen vegetables are blanched at the factory before packaging. This means, they are already partially cooked when you bring them home from the store.
The pressure cooking time for this recipe is short. Although, even after just a couple of minutes in the pot as it builds pressure, the brussel sprouts are likely to become mushy.
There are literally just a few simple ingredients you will need to make this recipe, and the majority of them are basic spices like salt and pepper.
Because of this, there is really just one ingredient that you might need or want a substitute for, and it is Parmesan cheese.
A sprinkling of salty Parmesan cheese is a great way to season the vegetables. It adds a little bit of both salty and nutty flavours, so I like to use it.
If you don’t eat dairy products, you can have two options. Either omit the cheese from the recipe, or use a vegan cheese substitute, such as nutritional yeast.
Other seasoning ideas
Here are a few ideas of other ways to season your Brussels sprouts:
- Balsamic vinegar: Drizzle them with a balsamic vinegar reduction
- Mustard bacon sprouts – Coat them with brown or yellow mustard, then toss with crispy bacon bits
- Add a kick of spicy heat with cayenne pepper or chili powder
- Sriracha-Lime: Toss in lemon or lime juice, then drizzle with sriracha sauce
- Cheese sauce – Almost every picky eater will enjoy a healthy serving of sprouts with cheese sauce on them!
What do you serve with brussels sprouts?
This veggie pairs well with almost any protein, but it tastes especially delicious with pork products like ham, bacon, or pork tenderloin.
It also pairs really well with eggs. Serve them in or with omelets, quiche, or a baked egg casserole!
Do you need to soak brussel sprouts before cooking?
Even the best cared for garden can be full of pesky critters. Unfortunately, bugs naturally want to crawl inside of the tightly packed leaves of Brussels sprouts.
For that reason alone, it’s best to soak Brussels sprouts with some salt water before cooking them. In addition to washing the sprouts, the salt water solution will help loosen the leaves as well.
Storing and reheating
Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator and use them within 5 days.
It can be tricky to reheat cooked Brussels sprouts and still keep them firm and delicious. The best way to reheat Brussels sprouts is on a baking sheet in a preheated oven.
Warm up the cooked vegetables on a lightly oiled baking sheet in a 350 F. oven for 5-10 minutes, or until they are warm all the way through.
Alternatively, you can place them on a pan under the oven broiler for a couple of minutes.
Can you freeze this recipe?
Although it is possible to freeze them, and you can store them in the freezer for a few months, I don’t recommend freezing cooked sprouts. They can absorb moisture very easily. As a result, they will become quite mushy.
More Instant Pot steamed vegetables
- Instant Pot Artichokes
- Instant Pot Asparagus
- Instant Pot Steamed Vegetables
- Instant Pot Corn on the Cob
Meal prep tools for this recipe
- Grab some glass meal prep bowls if you plan on storing the leftovers
- Here’s the steam basket trivet in case you lost the one that comes with your Instant Pot
Instant Pot Brussels Sprouts
- 3/4 cup water
- 8 cups brussels sprouts sliced in half lengthwise
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 tsp salt & pepper
- 1 pinch chili flakes
- 1/2 cup parmesan cheese grated
- Add the 3/4 cup of water to the bottom of Instant Pot and then place trivet inside the inner pot.
- Add brussels sprouts, then drizzle with olive oil & lemon juice, sprinkling garlic, salt & pepper and chili flakes overtop of brussels sprouts as well. Place lid on Instant Pot and make sure valve is set to seal.
- Press the pressure cook button and set to low, then cook for 1 minute. The Instant Pot will take about 5-10 minutes to come to pressure, then notify you it's done by beeping.
- Press the Cancel button then do a quick release of the pressure on the Instant Pot by flicking the switch at the top with a spoon. Open the lid when pressure gauge has dropped and the lid opens easily.
- Carefully remove brussels sprouts from Instant Pot and serve on a large platter, gently tossing with freshly grated parmesan cheese. Serve and enjoy!