These Instant Pot Steamed Vegetables are super easy to make, requiring a pressure cook time of zero minutes. Yes, you read that correctly! Follow this no-fail method for perfect veggies every time.
How do you prefer to steam veggies? Spending 20 minutes to steam them in a pot on a stove top, or 0 minutes in your pressure cooker? If you are as busy as I am, chances are good that you will want to be steaming vegetables in an Instant Pot!
Oh my gosh, you guys. This no-fail method for steaming veggies is so ridiculously simple! Better yet, it is the best kitchen time saver, ever! You won’t need any fancy kitchen tools or special equipment. The only things you will need are:
- the vegetables
- 3/4 cup of water, and
- a steamer basket or trivet
Can I use any steamer basket in an Instant Pot?
Most (if not all) of the models of Instant Pot brand pressure cookers are sold with a free steamer basket. If you own an electric pressure cooker made by a different company, that may not be the case. You have nothing to worry about, though. Any steamer basket that fits inside of your pressure cooker will work just fine.
The steamer basket for making Instant Pot steamed vegetables is made of metal. If you need to buy a steamer basket from the store, you can find them near the kitchen tools. They are available in either metal or silicone. Choose whichever type you prefer; both types will work exactly the same way.
The reason you’ll want to use a steamer basket for steaming vegetables in an Instant Pot is to keep the vegetables elevated above the water. If you place them directly into the liquid, they won’t steam, they will boil. As a result, you may end up with limp, overcooked veggies.
As a last resort, you can also place the veggies into a fine mesh sieve, but only if it’s made out metal or silicone. You should never use plastic in an Instant Pot because it is likely to melt.
Can you use frozen vegetables in an Instant Pot?
This recipe for making Instant Pot steamed vegetables is based on using fresh veggies. You can use frozen vegetables, but they will need a little extra cook time.
Rather than setting the cook time to zero minutes, you will just set it to one minute. An alternate method is to allow the pressure to release naturally rather than doing an instant pressure release.
Important tips for steaming vegetables in an Instant Pot
As mentioned earlier, this method is an incredibly easy way to steam vegetables. That being said, I have two important tips for you.
- Be sure to cut your vegetables in pieces that are as close in size as possible. This will help ensure that the vegetables cook evenly.
- Wait to add seasonings until after you remove the vegetables from the Instant Pot. This will ensure that your veggies have the best flavor possible.
Tools To Make This Recipe
- Grab some glass meal prep bowls if you plan to add the Instant Pot steamed vegetables to your weekly lunches
- Here’s the steam basket trivet in case you lost the one that comes with your Instant Pot
Instant Pot Steamed Vegetables
- 3/4 cup water
- 1 head broccoli, chopped
- 1 head cauliflower, chopped
- 2 carrots, chopped
- 1 red pepper, chopped
- 1 yellow pepper, chopped
- Add the 3/4 cup of water to the bottom of Instant Pot and then place trivet inside the inner pot. Add veggies, then place lid on Instant Pot and make sure valve is set to seal.
- Press the pressure cook button and set to high, then cook for 0 minutes. Yes, zero minutes is all that's needed to steam! 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.
- Season veggies if desired then serve and enjoy!