Instant Pot Broccoli

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Instant Pot broccoli is something we make often at our house. The broccoli always comes out tender and delicious. Wonderful as an easy side dish or used for other recipes. 

We love using the pressure cooker for easy side dishes like Instant Pot spaghetti squash and potato salad

Broccoli florets in pressure cooker

Have you ever cooked something for zero minutes? Sounds crazy but this is the method for steaming broccoli in the Instant Pot. 

It’s technically not 0 minutes because the cooker takes a few minutes to come to pressure, but it’s still very fast and cooks under 5 minutes. 

Why steam vegetables in the Instant Pot?

  • They steam up quick.
  • Great to cook large quantities that work well for dinner and meal prep.
  • It comes out crisp tender and gorgeous bright green.

How to make Instant Pot Broccoli

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  1. Prepare: Wash broccoli and cut into uniform florets. Make sure not to cut them super small or they may cook to quickly.
  2. Add one cup of water to the Instant Pot and then place the steamer basket or trivet inside. Pour broccoli into basket.
  3. Cook: Place lid on and lock. Make sure to set the valve to sealing. Cook on manual high pressure for 0 minutes. (I know kinda strange.)
  4. Once it’s come to pressure, the beeper sounds and you see time of zero, carefully do a quick release and move the valve to venting. 

Broccoli beside instant pot

How to steam broccoli in Instant Pot without a steamer basket?

If you don’t have a steamer basket, no problem. Place the trivet in the pressure cooker. Lay broccoli florets on top of the trivet, trying not to let them touch the water. Use the same cooking instructions. 

What if the broccoli is still hard?

  • Start by cutting the broccoli into smaller pieces. 
  • You can also place broccoli back into the Instant Pot with the lid on and let it sit for an extra 2-3 minutes. 
  • If you prefer having really large pieces, pressure cook for 2 minutes instead of 0. 

What if broccoli is too soft?

  • Cut the florets a little larger. 
  • Try cooking on low pressure instead of high. 

Can you steam frozen broccoli?

Yes, you can steam frozen broccoli the same way. Cook on manual high pressure for 0 minutes and do a quick release. 

How to store

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for about 3 days. I love using this broccoli for meal prep like this BBQ chicken meal.

Recipe tips 

  • I typically use 2 heads of broccoli or a large bag of pre-cut from the store. 
  • If using an 8-quart pot, use 1 1/2 cups water.
  • Be careful setting valve to venting. I like using a dish towel or oven mit when moving the valve. 

How to serve Instant Pot steamed broccoli

This dish is great as is or seasoning with a little salt and pepper. We also like adding Parmesan cheese for an extra treat. 

You could also add this to the top of cream cheese pasta, or green pasta

Bowl of broccoli and Instant Pot

What kind of Instant Pot to use?

There are several different kinds of pressure cookers. We use the Instant Pot 6-quart for our family of 5. If you use the 8-quart, we recommend adding 1 1/2 cups water and if using the smaller size cut the water to 1/2 cup. 

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Broccoli in a steamer basket
5 from 3 votes

Instant Pot Broccoli

By Heather
How to steam broccoli in the Instant Pot
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 5 minutes
Total: 10 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 1-2 heads broccoli, chopped into florets
  • 1 cup water


  • Wash and chop broccoli into florets. Pour water into Instant Pot and then add steamer basket or trivet.
  • Place broccoli in steamer basket and then close and lock lid. Make sure valve is set to sealing.
  • Maunally Pressure cook for 0 minutes. Once it comes to pressure and timer goes off, do a quick release with the pressure valve. Once pin drops remove lid.
  • Carefully remove steamer basket and serve.


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If broccoli is too soft, cut into larger pieces.
If broccoli comes out to hard, place back in the pot and cover for 2-3 more minutes. 


Calories: 52kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 53mg | Potassium: 480mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 947IU | Vitamin C: 136mg | Calcium: 71mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
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  1. 5 stars
    Quickest & easiest way to make broccoli!! Love broccoli alone & in so many recipes, so this recipe comes in very handy!

  2. 5 stars
    This is such a simple and easy broccoli recipe! It’s great as a side dish or added into other dishes!