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Let me show you how to make perfectly steamed broccoli at all times in your instant pot pressure cooker with this recipe. Not only is this steamed vegetable recipe quick and easy, you are also guaranteed crisp and tender broccoli every time. Instant pot broccoli is a perfect side to any main dish and I love pouring some homemade parsley sauce over it and eat it just on its own.
One of the vegetables that I have successfully been able to serve my family is broccoli and I couldn’t be more grateful for it especially since it is easy and quick to make. My children prefer steamed broccoli to the roasted version. One thing my daughter said is she likes how juicy and vibrant the colour is even after cooking it. I couldn’t argue with her, it is true, steamed broccoli when not overcooked retains its vibrant colour and crunchy to bite. Other ways they love eating broccoli is when I use it to make this creamy broccoli soup or added to pasta dishes.
Instant Pot Broccoli Recipe
Since I joined the electric pressure cooker wagon, I haven’t made steamed broccoli any other way. Making this vegetable in the pressure cooker only takes zero minutes and it very convenient. In fact, if I want to take things up a notch, after steaming the broccoli, I season it then toss in some melted butter or olive oil and grill/broil for another 5 minutes (flipping in between). It comes out perfect at all times and super delicious too.
Broccoli is fully packed with vitamins and minerals. It is good for the bones and also aid digestion. More importantly, it is inexpensive and here in the UK, a fresh broccoli head cost less than £1. No excuse not to incorporate this vegetable into your diet. It is low in calorie, a cup of chopped florets is estimated to be about 33 calories.
This recipe is perfect for other types of vegetable like chopped bell peppers, cauliflower, runner beans, broccoli tips and many more.
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What You Will Need To Make This Pressure Cooker Steamed Vegetable
To make steamed broccoli in your instant pot pressure cooker you would need the following
1 broccoli head
Salt and ground black pepper to season
Grated parmesan cheese: this is optional
Steamer basket: if you are new to using an instant pot, you should know a steamer basket doesn’t come with your IP. However, you would be able to purchase this online as an accessory or alternatively use your usual colander if it would fit into the inner pot of the IP or use the trivet as I did.
Don’t be limited to the listed ingredients above, make this steamed broccoli your own and season it as you wish.
How To Make Instant Pot Steamed Broccoli
On scout’s honour, this is one of the easiest instant pot recipes ever, the only work here is cutting the broccoli head into florets and this also takes less than two minutes to accomplish.
Step 1: Cut off the broccoli stem and cut out the florets. Make them the same sizes if you can manage so they cook evenly. Add the broccoli florets to a bowl or colander and rinse clean with cold water.
Step 2: Add 1 cup of water to the IP inner pot and place the trivet in it if that is what you would be using and carefully add the florets on the trivet making sure it is not touching the bottom of the inner pot. If using a steamer basket, place the florets in the basket and place over the trivet in the instant pot
Step 3: Turn on the instant pot, select manual or high pressure and set the timer to zero. It would look like this 00:00. Lock the lid securely and set the valve to sealing.
Step 4: Remember no cooking time here, the instant pot would only build to pressure and beep. Carefully DO A QUICK RELEASE. Open the lid of the instant pot and carefully remove the steamer or use a thong if you used the trivet.
Step 5: season the steamed broccoli with salt and ground pepper and a sprinkle of parmesan cheese if using.Jump to Recipe
How Long To Steam Broccoli
If using instant pot or any other electric pressure cooker, do zero minutes for tender and crisp broccoli. 1 minute if you want it a little bit softer.
For stove top broccoli, steam broccoli between 5 and 7 minutes tops. Avoid overcooking your vegetables to avoid mushy texture and watery taste.
What You Shouldn’t Do with Instant Pot Broccoli Or Any Other Pressure Cooker Steamed Veggies
For this instant pot steamed broccoli recipe or any other vegetables, you do not want to do natural pressure release (NPR). For crunchy broccoli, zero minute and QPR (Quick pressure release) if you want it softer then cook for 1 minute then QPR.
Don’t leave it in the instant pot after cooking or it would continue cooking and that result in a soggy mess. Remove the inner pot and set aside
How To Serve Steamed Broccoli
Can I Use Frozen Broccoli For This Instant Pot Pressure Cooker Recipe
This simple answer is no!!! frozen broccoli would go soggy in the pressure cooker even when cooked for zero minutes. Although, frozen broccoli or any other vegetable can be stirred in a pressure cooker recipes after its finished cooking.
How To Store Steamed Broccoli
This steamed broccoli will stay fresh in the fridge for up to 3 days. Place in an airtight container. It can be frozen too for up to 3 months, but I wouldn’t necessarily do this as this vegetable is easily accessible. This recipe can be made ahead of time and be reheated as at when needed.
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Instant Pot Broccoli
- Instant pot pressure cooker
- Steamer basket
- 1 broccoli head about 4 cups
- 1 cup water
- Salt and ground black pepper to season
- Grated parmesan cheese: this is optional optional
- Cut off the broccoli stem and cut out the florets. Make them the same sizes if you can manage so they cook evenly. Add the broccoli florets to a bowl or colander and rinse clean with cold water.
- Add water to the IP inner pot and place the trivet in it if that is what you would be using and carefully add the florets on the trivet making sure it is not touching the bottom of the inner pot. If using a steamer basket, place the florets in the basket and place over the trivet in the instant pot
- Turn on the instant pot, select manual or high pressure and set the timer to 0 minutes. It would look like this 00:00. Lock the lid securely and set the valve to sealing.
- Remember no cooking time here, the instant pot would only build to pressure and beep. Carefully do a quick pressure release. Open the lid of the instant pot and carefully remove the steamer or use a thong to remove the broccoli if you used the trivet.
- season the steamed broccoli with salt and ground pepper and a sprinkle of parmesan cheese if using. Serve with any main dish of choice.
- For this instant pot steamed broccoli recipe, you do not want to do natural pressure release (NPR). For crunchy broccoli, zero minute and QPR (Quick pressure release) if you want it softer then cook for 1 minute then QPR.
- Don’t leave it in the instant pot after cooking or it would continue cooking and that result into a soggy mess.
- Store in the refridgerator for up to 3 days in an airtight container
- Season the steamed broccoli with herbs and spices as you wish. you may also drizzle with some melted butter or olive oil.
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