This Instant Pot Steamed Broccoli comes out perfectly every time! All you need is water, broccoli and to cook for zero minutes.
How to steam broccoli in the Instant Pot
Add the water to the bottom of Instant Pot and then place trivet inside the inner pot.
Add broccoli. Place lid on Instant Pot and make sure valve is set to seal.
Once the Instant Pot has cooled down fully, open the lid and transfer the broccoli.
Serve the broccoli in a bowl and season with salt and pepper. Enjoy!
Ingredients and substitutions
- Broccoli – use another vegetable you’d like to steam such as cauliflower
- Salt & Pepper (to taste)
How to steam without the basket
Typically, a steamer basket is used to create steamed vegetables in the Instant Pot. If you don’t have a steamer basket, don’t worry! You can still steam the broccoli in an Instant Pot without one. To steam the broccoli, use the trivet that your Instant Pot came with during your purchase. The trivet keeps the vegetable separate from the water at the bottom of the Instant Pot, but allows it to still steam to perfection!
What to serve with broccoli
To create a full meal, serve your steamed broccoli with chicken breast, steak, or salmon marinaded to your preferences. Steamed broccoli is the perfect addition to any protein and carb to create a balanced meal. The steamed broccoli also goes really well on the side of a white sauce/Alfredo pasta.
Storing and reheating
To store the broccoli, wait for them to cool down, then store them in the fridge to carry them on to future meals. Refrigerate the broccoli in an airtight container for 3-5 days – making them the perfect meal prep side dish!
When you’re ready to eat the broccoli microwave it with some water sprinkled on top for up to 1 minute and then enjoy!
You are able to freeze both raw and cooked broccoli that’s leftover. All you have to do is transfer your broccoli into an airtight container or a freezer bag and store into the freezer. If you’re storing cooked broccoli into the freezer, make sure it has cooled down entirely before transferring it. If stored properly, the broccoli will keep in the freezer for up to six months.
To enjoy your frozen broccoli, transfer to the fridge overnight or sprinkle with some water and microwave straight from frozen for 1-2 minutes.
More Instant Pot vegetable recipes
- Instant Pot steamed vegetables
- Carrots with a brown sugar glaze
- Asparagus with parmesan and chili flakes
Meal prep tools for this recipe
- Grab some glass meal prep bowls if you plan on keeping your carrots as a side dish for the week.
- Freeze this recipe in glass microwave-safe bowls up to 10 months
- Here’s the steam basket trivet in case you lost the one that comes with your Instant Pot
Instant Pot Steamed Broccoli
- 3/4 cup water
- 1 head broccoli
- Salt & pepper, to taste
- Add the 3/4 cup of water to the bottom of Instant Pot and then place trivet inside the inner pot.
- Add broccoli. 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 0 minutes - yes, I do mean zero minutes. This just means the Instant Pot will come to pressure, then turn off. It 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 broccoli florets from Instant Pot and serve, seasoning with salt and pepper. Enjoy!