Make super easy 0 Minute Instant Pot Broccoli with perfect texture every time. This method is hands-free, no monitoring, and retains all the nutrients.
There are some more recipes, that I like to make it using my Instant Pot. Here are some of them – Instant Pot Jasmine Rice, Instant Pot Chickpeas, Instant Pot Black Beans, Instant Pot Boiled Peanuts, Instant Pot Oatmeal, and Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes.
About This Recipe
I like to include broccoli in my everyday diet as it is a powerhouse of nutrients. Broccoli is considered the healthiest and nutrient-packed vegetable and therefore including it in your everyday meals is very important.
It has a high amount of nutrition for a small number of calories. Broccoli is rich in antioxidants, Vit C, A and K, Folates, and minerals like Potassium. It also has a high amount of natural fiber.
I have been cooking broccoli over the stovetop since forever but ever since I tried cooking it in an Instant Pot, my life has changed. This method is hand free, there is no monitoring involved and you get perfect texture every single time.
Instant Pot Steamed Broccoli is crunchy and tender and not mushy and soft. Moreover, by steaming it in Instant Pot, all its nutrients are preserved.
Broccoli cooked in Instant Pot can be used in so many ways! Just to serve on the side with the main course or even use in salads, soups, etc. It gets ready in less than 10 minutes, which means I have those 10 minutes to prep and cook other things for my meal.
We have to set the timer to steam the broccoli for 0 minutes. So now you must be wondering how does it get cooked? Once we set the timer of the Instant Pot, it starts to build pressure inside, and once the pressure reaches a certain level, the timer starts. So here, we are basically cooking the broccoli with the building pressure and no more.
Easy, no fuss, and quick, cooking Broccoli in an instant pot gives me the perfect texture every time. The results are so good, that I don’t even feel like cooking it in another way.
This Instant Pot Broccoli is,
- Low Carb
- Easy & Quick
- Perfectly steamed
- A healthy side dish
What all you need for this Steamed Broccoli? Well, just 5 ingredients – Broccoli, Salt, Pepper, Olive Oil, and Lemon Juice. And of course, a little water to steam it.
While buying broccoli, check it properly for bugs. The head should be bright green in color and not yellowish. Wash it nicely and then cut it into medium size florets.
I like to season my steamed broccoli with lemon juice, salt, and pepper. I prefer it simple so that the taste of broccoli remains instant.
Also using a good quality olive oil is very important, so get the best one from the store.
How to make Instant Pot Broccoli?
Wash the broccoli and cut it into large florets. If the florets are too small, they will become mushy.
Add broccoli and cold water in the Instant Pot and close the lid of the pot.
Set the valve to the sealing position. Press PRESSURE COOK and set the timer to zero minutes at HIGH PRESSURE.
It will take 10-12 minutes for the pressure to build up and the timer to start. Once the timer goes off, release the pressure manually immediately by moving the valve to the venting position. Use a kitchen cloth to move the value to avoid steam burn in fingers. If you do not release the pressure immediately, the broccoli will get extra cooked and will become mushy. Once the pressure is released, open the lid.
Drain the broccoli in a colander to discard any water. Season the broccoli with salt, pepper, olive oil and lemon juice and serve warm.
Garlic Seasoned – Along with olive oil, salt, and pepper, add in some garlic powder too. You can also add fresh roasted garlic for a more prominent garlic flavor.
Indian Masala – You can season it with Indian spices such as red chili powder and chaat masala powder along with salt and lemon juice.
Italian Twist – You can season it with seasonings such as oregano, red chili flakes, dried thyme, or even dried basil.
Peri-Peri – You can spice it with tangy and spicy Peri Peri Powder too.
Pro Tips by Neha
Release the pressure immediately once the timer goes off to avoid overcooking.
If the broccoli is still overcooked, cook it on LOW PRESSURE instead of HIGH PRESSURE. Every Instant Pot is different and you will have to change the settings accordingly.
This recipe can be doubled or tripled. The cook time remains the same.
Broccoli made in Instant pot is a versatile recipe and can be served in many ways,
You can serve it on its own as a healthy snack in between the meals or whenever the hunger strikes.
You can serve it on the side with your Rice and Curry Combination, Noodles. Sandwiches, Wraps, etc.
I also like to serve this and some mashed potatoes on the side with Grilled Chicken, Grilled Fish, or other Grilled meat recipes.
You can add it in Stir Fry recipes such as Vegetable Stir Fries, Chicken Stir-Fries, or even in Fried Rice Recipes.
Add it in refreshing Salads or use it to make Soups.
Steamed Broccoli can be stored in the fridge in an airtight container, for about 4 to 5 days. If you are making it in a bigger quantity, make sure to heat only the amount you want to serve.
To reheat it again, you can either do it in a pan on the stove or in a microwave safe bowl until nice and warm. You can add in a little olive oil and mix while heating.
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Instant Pot Broccoli Recipe
- 750 gram broccoli
- ¼ cup cold water
- salt (to taste)
- pepper (to taste)
- 2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- Wash the broccoli and cut it into large florets. If the florets are too small, they will become mushy.
- Add broccoli and cold water to the Instant Pot and close the lid of the pot.
- Set the valve to the sealing position. Press PRESSURE COOK and set the timer to zero minutes at HIGH PRESSURE.
- It will take 10-12 minutes for the pressure to build up and the timer to start. Once the timer goes off, release the pressure manually immediately by moving the valve to the venting position. Use a kitchen cloth to move the value to avoid steam burn in fingers. If you do not release the pressure immediately, the broccoli will get extra cooked and will become mushy. Once the pressure is released, open the lid.
- Drain the broccoli in a colander to discard any water. Season the broccoli with salt, pepper, olive oil and lemon juice and serve warm.