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5 from 2 votes

Perfect + Tender Instant Pot Broccoli

Instant Pot broccoli is ready in under 10 minutes, and is perfectly tender, but still with a bit of chew to it. A great way to get broccoli steamed quickly, without the need to babysit a pot of water on the stove.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time0 mins
time to pressurize5 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Calories: 99kcal


  • 2 crowns broccoli (cut into 1.5- 2 inch florets)
  • 1 cup water (1.5 cups for 8 quart Instant Pots)

To serve

  • 1 lemon
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese


  • Place 1 cup of water into the stainless steel insert of your Instant Pot (1.5 cups for 8 quart Instant Pots).
  • Place trivet on top of the water, and place a steaming basket (if you have one), on the trivet. Place broccoli into the steamer basket
  • Place the lid on the Instant Pot, set the steam release handle to the 'sealing' position, and select 'pressure cook' (or 'manual' for older models) for 0 minutes.
  • Once pot beeps, immediately release the pressure by switching the steam release handle to the 'venting' position.
  • Remove steamer basket containing broccoli with oven mitts, squeeze lemon juice over top and serve with fresh parmesan cheese.



*serving size is an estimate
After cooking through, broccoli may be stored in an air tight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.


Serving: 1cup * | Calories: 99kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 404mg | Potassium: 23mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 195IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 296mg | Iron: 1mg