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Perfectly Tender 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. 

instant pot broccoli

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. (originally published 2/19, participant in the Amazon program, affiliate links present)

I think this green vegetable is probably our favorite 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).

Let’s start with a few basic tips:

For reference, this is the pressure cooker I have and use for all recipe creations.

star wars instant pot
  • 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!

Here’s how easy one minute Instant Pot broccoli is to make.

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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).

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

  • 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.

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.)

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 your pressure cooker

Get to cooking your Instant Pot broccoli, and then enjoy these other Instant Pot vegetable recipes:

  1. Easy Instant Pot brussel sprouts will get you to LOVE this underrated veggie
  2. Instant Pot cauliflower with a cheese sauce that is keto friendly too
  3. If you don’t have a pressure cooker you can try this easy steamed broccoli recipe

Pressure cooker broccoli cheese soup should be next!

Pressure Cooker Broccoli Cheese Soup

You should try these air fryer brussel sprouts and broccoli salad, they’re amazing too!

Ninja Foodi broccoli

If you need to make this as an easy Ninja Foodi recipe 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 our air fryer broccoli recipe and use that method from the beginning.
broccoli in air fryer

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

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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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Tuesday 9th of February 2021

I love finding new recipes for my instant pot! This was delicious!

The Typical Mom

Wednesday 10th of February 2021

OH good!


Tuesday 9th of February 2021

As one of my favorite vegetables, I love finding new ways to cook broccoli. Instant pot broccoli will probably be something that I enjoy making for a long time.


Friday 8th of March 2019

I have been trying to find out how ro Change the Normal to More on my IP. My machine doesn’t have an adjust button. Slow cooker doesn’t cut it on normal. I have spent hours trying to find this answer. Do you know how?

Thank you Lynda


Monday 30th of December 2019

Press the slow cook button to change from normal to high

The Typical Mom

Friday 8th of March 2019

Do you have an Instant Pot brand pressure cooker? Try the adjust button to move from low to high.

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