These Instant Pot Brussels Sprouts turn out perfectly every time. They’re ready in just 1 minute, with lemon, garlic and parmesan seasoning.
Ingredients and substitutions
- Brussels sprouts – you’ll need to use fresh brussels sprouts for this recipe, as frozen brussels sprouts will get too mushy.
- Olive oil – use any other neutral cooking oil like grapeseed or canola oil.
- Lemon juice – both fresh and bottled lemon juice can be used.
- Garlic – freshly minced garlic is best but jarred minced garlic will work in a pinch.
- Salt & pepper – to taste.
- Chili flakes – leave these off if you’re not a fan of spice.
- Parmesan cheese – nutritional yeast is a great vegan substitute for parmesan, or you can leave this off altogether.
How to make brussels sprouts in the Instant Pot
- Prep your ingredients.
- Add water and a trivet to the Instant Pot.
- Place the seasoned brussels sprouts on top.
- Cook on high pressure for 1 minute.
- Toss with parmesan cheese.
- Serve and enjoy!
More seasoning ideas
Here are a few ideas of other ways you can 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.
- Spicy: Add a kick of spicy heat with cayenne pepper or chili powder.
- Sriracha-lime: Toss them 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!
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes! Brussels sprouts are super healthy. They’re packed full of amazing minerals and nutrients like vitamin C, vitamin K, folate, calcium, iron and potassium.
Brussels sprouts only need to steam for 1 minute in the Instant Pot at high pressure. Keep in mind that it will take the Instant Pot about 5 to 10 minutes to get up to high pressure, so the total cooking time is just 10 minutes.
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 your brussels sprouts with some salt water before cooking them. In addition to washing the sprouts, the salt water solution will help loosen the leaves.
This veggie pairs well with almost any protein, but they taste especially delicious with pork products like ham, bacon or pork tenderloin. They also pair really well with eggs. Serve them with omelets, quiche or a baked egg casserole!
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. T
he best way to reheat brussels sprouts is on a baking sheet in a preheated oven. Stick them on a lightly-oiled baking sheet for 5 to 10 minutes at 350° Fahrenheit. Alternatively, you can place them under the oven broiler for a couple of minutes.
Can you freeze brussels sprouts?
Although it is technically possible to freeze brussels sprouts, I don’t recommend it. They can absorb moisture very easily and 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!