Fresh and frozen broccoli Instant Pot directions are here! This is the best way to make all kinds of vegetables tender in under 5 minutes.
We’re here to share this frozen broccoli Instant Pot recipe. Ok it is really just directions for when all you have on hand are frozen vegetables and a pressure cooker on hand. NO worries, it will still come out excellent! We love quick Instant Pot recipes like this one for busy days. (affiliate links present)
Instant Pot Frozen Broccoli
You can use your Crockpot Express, Mealthy or make it as an easy Ninja Foodi recipe too. It doesn’t matter what brand you have, they all have the same functions basically.
Whether you serve this with just butter and salt and pepper or with a sauce on top it is a cheap side dish everyone loves with dinner.
Let’s start with a few basic tips:
- Make sure to Bookmark our InstaPot recipes page. We add new ones each week!
- Then PRINT this —–> Instant Pot cooking times cheat sheet that will help you understand how long meat, vegetables and beans take to cook in your pressure cooker.
For reference, this is the pressure cooker I have and use for all recipe creations.
I have shared how to cook Instant Pot frozen meat quite a bit too. Why?? Because I am forgetful, admission for sure but I guarantee I am not alone. This is to make this veggie all on it’s own. We have been known to add a bag into a one pot meal like our Instant Pot chicken broccoli rice casserole. That is fantastic.
But if you already have a protein or main dish in mind you might just want steamed broccoli alone. Yes you can do the same thing on the stovetop but this takes a fraction of the time and is more hands off. You can use any bagged brand out there, store brand is always cheaper.
What is the best brand of frozen broccoli?
The biggest difference between more expensive vs. cheap choices is some include more than florets. I do not like that if I have a choice, but did opt for the cheapest Walmart choice this time. Cascadian Farms organic is #1 followed by Birds Eye.
Whether you use this method, or make air fryer frozen broccoli it really doesn’t make a difference what the name on the bag says.
NO need if you follow our instructions here. In just 1 minute it will transform from rock hard and icy to tender and perfect to complete your healthy meal.
How to Cook Frozen Broccoli
Using this handy multi cooker is the best method by far. All you need to make this is a steamer basket, bags of florets, and some water.
- Pour your cup of water into the pressure cooker with a steaming basket in the center.
- Empty your bags full of frozen broccoli florets into the steamer basket. Close lid and steam valve.
- Set to steam setting for 1 minute cooking time, or 0 minutes if you don’t want it real soft.
- If your pot doesn’t have this setting use high pressure.
- IMMEDIATELY quick release the pressure right when Instant Pot beeps or it will get softer by the second.
Ninja Foodi Frozen Broccoli
Pressure cooking isn’t specific to the IP anymore. There are tons of other brands out there. Some have the steam button and others don’t. If yours just has high or low pressure, choose high. All of them have a steam release valve on top you should be weary of. Always flick it away from your body, hands, and face.
Once it is done lift the basket out or it will continue to get softer and softer with the steam continuing to be released. Then dump out the water and make your main dish like Instant Pot frozen chicken breast with sauce or a frozen roast.
What if you want to cook fresh broccoli? We do that a lot too and the timing doesn’t really change. The biggest difference is that you can cut the pieces larger. I like that best but don’t always have produce on hand so this is a good second.
- If you do have fresh broccoli, follow our Instant Pot steamed broccoli recipe here and enjoy.
You can print recipe below and keep it on hand OR just come back when you need the instructions again. We love “seeing you” so don’t go anywhere. 😉
Can you save cooked broccoli?
I mean you can but it’s not fabulous. The only really good way to use it is to save and then create homemade baby food with it since it will become even softer as it sits. As far as myself enjoying it the next day, I just don’t. You can kinda’ bring it back to life in an air fryer for a few minutes at 400 F. but I tend to just try to finish it same day.
I have been known to throw it into a pot of fried rice if I am making that the next day for dinner but that is the only way I have enjoyed it.
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Frozen Broccoli Instant Pot
- Pour cup of water into your pressure cooker with a steaming basket in the center.
- Pour your frozen florets into the steamer basket. Close lid and steam valve.
- Set to steam setting for 1 minute (or 0 minutes if you don't want it soft, but have a bit of a "bite" to it still). If your pot doesn't have this setting use high pressure.
- IMMEDIATELY release the pressure and remove the lid right when it beeps or it will get softer by the second.
- Lift basket out and serve topped with salt, pepper, butter, or cheese sauce on top