Welcome to my Instant Pot 2-minute steamed broccoli recipe. How about some delicious freshly cooked broccoli cooked in the Instant Pot in just 2 short minutes?
We all complain that we don’t have the time to cook fresh delicious food, don’t we? That we have our super busy lives and the idea of cooking from fresh ingredients each day is just way too time consuming.
Then you spend 5 minutes reading a takeaway menu and another 5 minutes on the telephone ordering it, for a takeaway to arrive 30 minutes later and to your disappointment the delivery is all wrong and cold.
But what if I told you that the first recipe that I wanted to share with you from my brand new Instant Pot is actually some simple steamed broccoli that you can cook in just 2 minutes?
You would probably think I was crackers and that I needed shipping off the funny farm and when Dominic cooked it in our Instant Pot in just 2 minutes I thought he was crackers too!
But we are deadly seriously and in this recipe we will be sharing with you how to cook steamed broccoli (or any vegetable for that matter) and how you can use a simple recipe like steamed broccoli to build up your confidence and make you see that cooking in the Instant Pot or any other electric pressure cooker is easier than you would think!
Instant Pot Broccoli
Instant Pot Broccoli is so simple to cook in the Instant Pot. I hate vegetables that have been boiled on the stove as they tend to have that tasteless flavour and have lost all of their nutritients.
But if you cook broccoli in the Instant Pot it tastes like the best ever restaurant standard broccoli and is not mushy at all.
You also cook Instant Pot Broccoli in 4 simple steps:
- Step #1 – Trim your broccoli into florets
- Step #2 – Place the broccoli into your steamer basket on your trivet
- Step #3 – Pour your stock or water over the broccoli
- Step #4 – Set the valve to sealing on your Instant Pot and let the Instant Pot do the hard work for you!
Instant Pot Broccoli Cooking Times
When it comes to cooking broccoli in the Instant Pot, there has often been a debate over the correct cooking time. We have cooked it from 0 minutes to 3 minutes to give you the best breakdown of cooking times depending on how you like your broccoli.
- 0 Minutes = raw broccoli that is warm and none of it has had the chance to soften. If I had it served like this at a restaurant I would certainly send it back.
- 1 Minute = just under cooked and the stem of the broccoli is very crunchy, and you could break a tooth or two.
- 2 Minutes = perfect broccoli. The stem of the floret is perfect and so is the rest of the broccoli.
- 3 Minutes = the broccoli is mushy and over done in my opinion, though you might like it mushy. I do find that 3 minutes is the perfect time if you want to make broccoli soup though.
More Vegetables In The Instant Pot
- Instant Pot Asparagus
- Instant Pot Brussel Sprouts
- Instant Pot Butternut Squash
- Instant Pot Cabbage
- Instant Pot Carrots
- Instant Pot Cauliflower
- Instant Pot Leeks
- Instant Pot Mushrooms
- Instant Pot Parsnips
- Instant Pot Rutabaga (Swede)
- Instant Pot Turnips
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Instant Pot 2 Minute Steamed Broccoli
- Chop your broccoli into florets and place it on the steamer basket on top of the steamer rack (trivet).
- Season with salt and pepper.
- Pour ½ a cup of water over the broccoli or vegetable stock
- Place the lid on your Instant Pot and set the valve to sealing and press steam for 2 minutes
- Use quick pressure release (QPR) to quickly release pressure
- Serve immediately before it has chance to get cold
See my guide above for cooking times based on individual taste. Though 2 minutes in my opinion is perfect for steamed broccoli in the Instant Pot. A good tip is to add an extra minute and do 3 minutes for a broccoli soup.
I use ½ a cup of liquid in this Instant Pot broccoli recipe as it then takes less time to go to pressure and means that your broccoli will not come out like mush, which can happen if it takes too long to go to pressure.
Instant Pot Recipes – The Outtakes
I am sat in the lounge on the laptop watching TV while Sofia is playing with her new baby dolly. Dominic is about to use the Instant Pot for the first time and mentions that it better be good with all the money is has cost as he goes off to steam some broccoli.
He comes back 5 minutes later with the line “I just cooked broccoli in 2 minutes” and “this is some serious bit of kit”.
I think we are safe to say he is a fan!