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How to Cook Instant Pot Broccoli

Perfect Instant Pot Broccoli every single time! Our favorite steamed vegetable side dish can now be cooked in any pressure cooker, Crockpot Express or Ninja Foodi in no time at all. A favorite like our easy Instant Pot brussel sprouts, we will get you to LOVE this veggie.


We’re back with more to add to our long list of easy Instant Pot recipes with this Instant Pot broccoli! Yes I have been trying to eat healthier so we cook a lot of vegetables in our pressure cooker. I’m also glad to say my girls LOVE any and all veggies so I need a variety to serve with every meal. (participant in the Amazon program, affiliate links present)

Steam Broccoli in the Instant Pot

I think this green vegetable is probably our favorite easy side dish. We have made it this way or as a frozen broccoli Instant Pot recipe. Turns out tender and perfect every day. We don’t need to smother it with cheese either to love it (though that is yummy too).

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Don’t worry if you don’t have an IP specifically. All electric pressure cooker brands have the high pressure function and that is all you need. I use my Ninja Foodi a lot to do this too.

If you are new to pressure cooking we have a lot of easy one pot meal recipes for you here. To begin with let’s start with a few basic tips:

For reference, this is the pressure cooker I have (a 6 quart) and use for all recipe creations.

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Pressure Cooker Broccoli

Of course you can just enjoy it as is with a pinch of salt and pepper or amp it up with other things on top.

  • Sprinkle a little parmesan cheese on top with a little butter and seriously I think we could eat 3 bunches between the 5 of us. My kids would choose vegetables over eating meat any day!

A wonderful and quick method of getting it really nice and tender if you are making a recipe out of it too. If you love making quiche and soup I will tenderize this way and then add it after. Takes a lot less time since it doesn’t have to cook down in your broth or cheese soup pot.

Ninja Foodi Broccoli

I don’t like a lot of the steams so I typically trim those off but leave 2″ or so on it. They are firmer than the top florets for sure. Do what you wish as far as that goes.

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Broccoli in Instant Pot

Why is pressure cooker broccoli better than using the stovetop? There is NO need to constantly check on it to make sure it doesn’t overcook when using a pressure cooker (1 min. too long for broccoli can mean a mushy mess and no veggies for that night).

  • It won’t make your entire house smell like broccoli
    • It doesn’t particularly bother me but using a pot and steamer basket on the stovetop seems to emit the smell while it’s cooking and it isn’t always pleasant for everyone
  • Cooking broccoli in a pressure cooker is just EASY once you know how long it takes, which I’m going to share with you below.

Steam Broccoli Instant Pot

You just throw it all in and walk away knowing your Instant Pot steamed broccoli will be perfect when the beeper goes off.

I use this Instant Pot vegetable cook times sheet to remind me of approximately how long each vegetable takes to cook/steam. Feel free to print it out yourself so you can keep it handy too!

how long to cook vegetables in instant pot

How long does Instant Pot broccoli take to cook perfectly?

Just like Instant Pot shrimp it is quick and easy. 1 minute is perfection for me but my daughters prefer 2 minutes so it’s VERY soft.

  • Yes it takes a few minutes until the pot comes to pressure too
  • If you like it cooked but not super duper soft then 1 minute will do it
    • But if you love soft (but not mushy) steamed broccoli then set for 2 minutes
    • This comes down to personal preference and if it is your first go around I would set for 1 minute and test it out, if you want it a bit softer then you know 2 minutes is your time.
    • 0 minutes works well if you still like it firmer but cooked, totally up to you but 1 minute is perfect for us.Timing below is for 1 head of broccoli with the stalk removed and cut into florets (med. size pcs.)

Crockpot Express Broccoli

If you have 2 larger sized heads I’d increase the time by 1 minute. So if you cook for 1 min. normally I’d set for 2 min. for double the broccoli just remember as a general rule you shouldn’t fill your pot more than 3/4 of the way full. Make sure to immediately release the pressure or it will over soften quickly.

pressure cooker broccoli

Broccoli in pressure cooker

These are the basics, I am not going to go all in to all the different things you could add to the top. I actually like the natural flavor of this produce so I don’t want to smother it with all the things to tone that down. If you have picky kids though you might want to drizzle on some cheese sauce too.

  • Instant Pot vegetable steamer basket
  • Head of broccoli
  • Butter
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Cup of water
  • Olive oil if you just want to drizzle that on the top vs. butter

Ninja Foodi Steamed Broccoli

  1. Instant Pot cauliflower with a cheese sauce is fabulous
  2. If you don’t have a pressure cooker you can try this easy air fryer broccoli recipe

Pressure cooker broccoli cheese soup should be next!

Pressure Cooker Broccoli Cheese Soup

How to Cook Broccoli in Pressure Cooker

If you need to make this steamed broccoli recipe in this pot you will follow the same instructions below. Use your pressure cooker lid (the one that isn’t attached), press the pressure cook button high for 1 minute then quick release!

  • BUT you can go a step further with this machine too!
  • You can add parmesan to the top when done and close air crisp lid to melt.
  • OR use your air fryer separately at the end.

Crockpot Express works the same as an Instant Pot pressure cooker. Follow same instructions below for that brand or any other.

How long do I cook broccoli in an Instant Pot?

It only takes 1 minute, 0 minutes if you want to get tender but still remain a bit firm. 1 is perfect for us with a bit of liquid underneath and steamer basket like we will explain here.

Should I use the steamer basket or cook broccoli directly in the Instant Pot?

That is best. If you don’t have a vegetable steamer you could use a trivet. You just need to keep it out of the boiling water so it doesn’t get mushy.

broccoli in air fryer

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Instant Pot Broccoli

Perfect Instant Pot Broccoli every single time! Our favorite steamed vegetable side dish can now be cooked in a pressure cooker in no time at all. 
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword broccoli, instant pot, pressure cooker, steamed
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 6 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 172kcal
Author The Typical Mom



  • Pour 1.5 c of water into your Instant Pot and put your vegetable steamer basket inside.
  • Wash your broccoli and cut off stalk, into smaller pieces.
  • Put into steamer basket, close lid and steam valve and set to high pressure for 1 minute. *alternatives* Set for 0 minutes if you still like a bit of crunch to it, or 2 minutes if you like your broccoli VERY soft or you have more than 2 heads cooking at one time. Do not overfill pot past 3/4 mark inside pot.
  • Do a quick release and lift out basket, pour florets into a bowl.
  • Pour melted butter on top and sprinkle parmesan cheese on and serve.


Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Broccoli
Amount Per Serving (3 oz)
Calories 172 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 19mg6%
Sodium 224mg10%
Potassium 974mg28%
Carbohydrates 20g7%
Fiber 7g29%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin A 2110IU42%
Vitamin C 271.2mg329%
Calcium 171mg17%
Iron 2.2mg12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Sunday 24th of March 2024

This is a wonderful way to create a healthy side dish quickly. The broccoli comes out perfect every time using my Instant Pot.

dina and bruce

Sunday 24th of March 2024

This is a go to side dish for our meals now! Thank you!


Saturday 23rd of March 2024

The broccoli came out perfectly cooked – tender yet still with a slight crunch. The flavors were infused and it was so quick and easy to make. Definitely a go-to side dish!

The Typical Mom

Sunday 24th of March 2024

so glad


Saturday 23rd of March 2024

Nice tutorial for achieving perfectly textured broccoli, thank you!


Saturday 23rd of March 2024

This was a delicious and easy side dish for my family's dinner tonight! We were doing pasta night, and this was a great way to get my kids to eat some veggies along with their pasta!

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