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Perfect Instant Pot Broccoli

January 8, 2018

By Kath Dedon

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We had delicious Pan Roasted Blood Orange Chicken last night which I will be adding to the blog soon. Today I’m here to share how I successfully cooked broccoli in my Instant Pot.

I bought a steamer basket that fits perfectly in my 6-quart Instant Pot. I simply washed the broccoli, peeled the stems and cut them into small pieces, and cut the florets into smaller pieces. I prepared the broccoli ahead of time and just left it in the basket until I was ready to cook it.

I have a couple of Instant Pot cookbooks that recommend 2 – 3 minutes for broccoli. However I had run across posts online that say 0 minutes is plenty if you don’t want mushy broccoli. I decided to go with that.

When the chicken was done I just let it rest in the pan while I cooked the broccoli.

I put 1 cup of water into the Instant Pot and then put the basket of broccoli in and sealed the lid. I pressed the Manual button and then used the “-“ button to set the time to 0 minutes.

It took about 10 minutes to get up to pressure and it was done! I used a quick release and it was ready to eat.

I am now eager to try cooking other vegetables in my Instant Pot. It will be a bit of a trial and error, I’m sure, as I try different things. The time needed will depend on the size and density of the vegetable pieces. For small broccoli florets, 0 minutes was perfect!

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Instant Pot Broccoli

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Perfect Instant Pot Broccoli

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(print the “recipe”)

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  1. Wash the broccoli, peel the stems and cut them into small pieces. Cut the florets into smaller pieces. (This can be done ahead.)

Broccoli in the steamer basket.jpg

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2. About 10 minutes before you want to serve, put 1 cup of water into the Instant Pot. Put a steamer basket in the pot and fill with the broccoli.

Red handle folds down

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3. Seal the lid and set the Pressure Release to “Sealing”.

4. Press Manual and use the “-” button to set the time to 0 minutes.

5. When it’s done, use the quick release method to let the steam out. Serve!

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. Loretta Chavez-Kramer permalink
    January 8, 2018 4:55 pm

    We purchased an Instant Pot a week ago and love it! Thanks for the broccoli tips! :o) lk

    • January 8, 2018 4:59 pm

      You’re welcome, Loretta! Thanks so much for your comment; it’s fun to see you here. 🙂

  2. Ron permalink
    January 11, 2018 4:08 am

    Kath, I couldn’t agree more on the “0” minutes. I tried using the IP recommendation of 2-3 (I used 2) for broccoli and it was mush. Then tried 1 min, still too done. Then “0” and it’s perfect for us. Great IP info your passing on.

    • January 11, 2018 9:05 am

      Thanks, Ron! I did asparagus stalks last night for 0 minutes and they came out great, too.

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