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Perfect Instant Pot Broccoli

January 8, 2018

By Kath Dedon


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!


Instant Pot Broccoli


Perfect Instant Pot Broccoli


(print the “recipe”)


  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


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


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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