Instant Pot Asparagus

Instant Pot Asparagus
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If you’re wanting to learn how to quickly make Instant Pot asparagus, this is a simple way to steam a low carb and keto-friendly side dish. This is a perfect summertime dish for when asparagus is in season. Ready in about 15 minutes from start to finish!

The recipe card at the bottom of the post has the full list of ingredients and instructions for your convenience. Before you scroll there, there is important information in the post!

Is Asparagus Keto-Friendly?

You’re wondering if asparagus is keto and low carb friendly. You’re in luck! Asparagus is incredibly keto-friendly!!

Asparagus with butter, cooked in a pressure cooker

1 cup of asparagus is (a little more than 1/4 lb) contains 5g carbs and 2.8g fiber. This means that 1 cup of asparagus is only 2.2g net carbs which is incredible!

Ingredients for this Instant Pot Asparagus Recipe

Ingredients for making asparagus in the Instant Pot are super simple!

  • Asparagus
  • Salt
  • Butter
  • Lemon Juice
  • Water (For steaming)
Ingredients for cooking asparagus in the Instant Pot - Asparagus, lemon juice, butter, and salt

Tips for cooking Asparagus in the Instant Pot

Steaming asparagus in the Instant Pot is ridiculously easy.

Make sure you trim the asparagus. You’ve got to trim off any art of the stem that is too fibrous. If you can’t stick your nail in it easily, it needs to be cut off.

The older the asparagus is, the more trimming it will need.

Next, determine the size of your asparagus. Is it think or thick? If it is thin, cook it for less time. You don’t want to over steam the asparagus.

Pour one cup of water into the Instant Pot Pan.

Place a steamer basket or a rack inside the pressure cooker pot. Your Instant Pot or pressure cooker usually comes with a rack. A basket has smaller holes but a rack works since you don’t cut the asparagus in small pieces.

Asparagus in steamer basket

Secure the lid and make sure that the pressure valve is closed.

Make sure the sealing valve is closed

If your asparagus is thin (like what is pictured) set the Instant pot to steam for “0” minutes. If the stalks are thick, steam for 1 minute.

Maybe you’re asking how the asparagus can cook if it is set to 0 minutes. Well, the Instant Pot and other pressure cookers take time to heat up and reach pressure. During that time the asparagus is cooking!

Steam Asparagus for 0 minutes for thin asparagus

Immediately (and carefully) release the pressure when the timer goes off.

Your asparagus is ready. Toss some butter on top with a drizzle of lemon juice. Sprinkle with salt and fresh cracked pepper, if you’d like.

Asparagus cooked in the Instant Pot

More Low Carb Vegetable Recipes for the Instant Pot

Instant Pot Zucchini

Instant Pot Green Beans With Bacon

Instant Pot Cabbage

Instant Pot Garlic Parmesan Spaghetti Squash

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Instant Pot Asparagus

This is an easy Instant Pot aspragus recipe for steaming aspragus in a pressure cooker. With simple seasonings, you'll have a great low carb side dish ready in minutes!
Prep Time3 mins
Cook Time1 min
Reach and release pressure9 mins
Total Time13 mins
Dinner, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Asparagus, Instant Pot, Low Carb Side, Pressure Cooker, Side Dish, Steamed Vegetables, Vegetables, vegetarian
Servings: 4
Calories: 48kcal


  • 1 lb Asparagus trimmed
  • 1 cup Water For steaming
  • ¼ tsp Salt
  • 1 tbsp Butter
  • 1 tsp Lemon juice


  • Trim and rinse asparagus. Make sure there are no woody stems.
  • Put one cup of cold water in the Instant Pot. Place asparagus in a steamer basket or on the metal rack. Secure the lid closed and make sure the sealing valve is closed.
  • Set the Instant Pot to steam mode for “0” minutes if using thin asparagus and “1” minute for thicker asparagus.
  • Quickly release the pressure after the steam cycle is finished. (Total time to reach pressure and release it is about 9 minutes.)
  • Serve right away, top with salt, lemon juice and butter. Mix the asparagus with the melted butter and lemon juice so that everything has flavor.


If you’d like to cook more than one pound of asparagus, the cooking instructions are the same. It might take the pressure cooker additional time to reach pressure with additional asparagus. 

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Instant Pot Asparagus recipe for steamed asparagus. An easy pressure cooker side dish that is keto-friendly and low carb!

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