Instant Pot Broccoli

Instant Pot Broccoli
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If you’re searching for how to make Instant Pot Broccoli this is the easiest method! In just a few minutes you can have tender (but not mushy) broccoli ready for your meal. Instant Pot steamed broccoli using fresh or frozen broccoli is going to be your go-to vegetable side dish!

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 Broccoli Keto Friendly?

You’re wondering if broccoli is low carb or keto-friendly? You’re in luck!

Broccoli has less than 4g net carbs per cup! This is an incredibly low-carb friendly ingredient.

If you want more low carb broccoli recipes, this broccoli chicken Instant Pot casserole, Instant Pot broccoli and chicken soup, or simply charred broccoli.

Ingredients for Instant Pot Steamed Broccoli

The ingredients for steaming broccoli in the pressure cooker are ridiculously simple.

  • Broccoli
  • Water
  • Salt (and pepper if that’s your thing)

Tools you’ll need:
A steamer basket
Pressure Cooker (I use this Instant Pot)

Ingredients for Instant Pot Broccoli

Garnish ideas for the pressure cooker steamed broccoli could include some butter, salt, pepper, minced garlic, and a squeeze of lemon juice.

If you like spicy vegetables, you could add some red pepper flakes as well.

Tips and steps for cooking Instant Pot Broccoli (fresh)

First you’ll want to cut your broccoli into bite-size florets.

Put water in the Instant Pot and then place the steamer basket inside.

Adding water to the Instant Pot for steaming vegetables

Set the broccoli in then sprinkle some salt on top (I love to do this because it makes the steamed broccoli taste salty, the salt melts into the broccoli while it is being steamed).

Instant pot Steamed Broccoli in steamer basket

The trick to steam broccoli, Instant Pot style, is 1 minute. Set the steam function to 1 minute.

(If you prefer crunchy broccoli, steam for zero minutes. )

Steam the broccoli for one minute on steam mode

Be sure to close the sealing valve.

Seal the instant pot sealing valve

You’re probably like, but how is one minute or zero minutes going to cook my broccoli? Well, it is the time it takes to get to pressure and release the pressure that cooks the broccoli.

Your pressure cooker will take 7-9 minutes (depending on the size) to get to pressure and then do a quick release of the pressure.

From start to finish this recipe takes 9 minutes (in an 8qt Instant Pot).

Steamed Broccoli Instant Pot

Keep it plain or garnish it with (a little) salt and pepper. Add butter, minced garlic, and maybe a squeeze of lemon juice. You can’t really go wrong!

Broccoli Instant Pot Recipe

How to steam frozen broccoli in the Instant Pot

If you’re wanting to cook frozen broccoli in a pressure cooker, there is a slight difference.

Frozen Broccoli Instant Pot Recipe

Since frozen broccoli is already parboiled, the outcome will be softer than when using fresh.

Only steam the frozen broccoli for zero minutes then immediately do a quick release.

Steam frozen broccoli on zero minutes

The instant Pot will take a bit longer to reach pressure because the contents are frozen.

From start to finish, this takes 13 minutes (in my 8qt).

Instant Pot Steamed Frozen Broccoli

This is how the steamed (from frozen) broccoli looks, not mushy at all!

More Instant Pot Steamed Vegetables

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Cooked Zucchini with cracked pepper and red pepper on top

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Instant Pot Cabbage Recipe

Instant Pot Asparagus

Asparagus cooked in the Instant Pot

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Instant Pot Steamed Broccoli in bowl with butter
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Instant Pot Broccoli

Instant Pot Broccoli is super easy and is ready in minutes. Use a steamer basked to make steaming your broccoli simple!
Cook Time1 min
Reach and release pressure8 mins
Side Dish
Cuisine: American
broccoli, Instant Pot, Low Carb, Pressure Cooker, Side Dish
Servings: 4
Calories: 31kcal


  • 4 Cups Broccoli Florets (bite-sized pieces)
  • 3/4 Cup Water
  • Pinch Salt

Optional Garnish

  • 1 tbsp Butter
  • 1 tsp Lemon Juice
  • Pinch Black Pepper


  • Prepare your instant Pot with 3/4 cup of water in the inner pot.
  • Place the steamer basket inside the Instant Pot. Place fresh broccoli inside the steamer basket. (see notes for using frozen broccoli)
  • Sprinkle a pinch of salt across the top of the broccoli.
  • Close the Instant Pot lid and close the sealing valve.
  • Turn Instant Pot to steam mode for 1 minute.*
  • When the Instant Pot has finished the cooking cycle, immediately release the pressure.
  • Garnish (optional) and serve immediately.


-If you’re using frozen broccoli, set the steam mode to Zero minutes. This will take longer to reach and quick-release pressure (about 13 minutes).
-If you prefer crunchy broccoli, cook the fresh broccoli for zero minutes and immediately quick-release pressure when it is done.
-Nutrition facts do not include the optional garnish.

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How to steam broccoli using the Instant Pot.

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2 thoughts on “Instant Pot Broccoli”

  • 5 stars
    Broccoli is one of my favorite vegetables to snag at the public market! I’ve never tried your salting ahead tip! Excited to cook up some broccoli I have in the fridge.

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