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Buttery Instant Pot Brussel Sprouts Recipe

If you’re hesitant to try brussels I’ll make you a believer with this easy Instant Pot brussel sprouts with bacon recipe! Perfect side dish in your Ninja Foodi pressure cooker I tell you.

Instant Pot Brussel Sprouts

Adding all my favorite flavors together, we created this easy Instant Pot brussel sprouts recipe. I will say it took until I was an adult to actually give them a shot. I’ll also say it is all in how you cook them and what you add to the pot that determines just how delicious they will become. Even my kids loved them….seriously!! One of our favorite vegetable Instant Pot recipes now. (originally published 9/18, affiliate links present)

Instant Pot Brussel Sprouts Steamed

Look at these brussel sprouts in an Instant Pot!!! Yes you can make them as an easy Ninja foodi recipe or in your Crockpot Express pot too. Yes bacon is a must, okay and butter. It’s one of the most delicious recipes we’ve made in our multi cooker yet.

I have not found a main dish that these don’t go well with. They will come out as tender as possible. You can enjoy it as is right out of the pot this way or make crispy with a quick trip in your air fryer. If you have the Instant Pot air fryer lid you can pop that on at the end too. Either way is delish.

Steamed Brussel Sprouts

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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Instant Pot brussel sprouts recipe

I picked up a bag in my grocery store which was about 2 lbs. or so and ended up using the whole thing. I’ll tell you that I didn’t eat these growing up. My dad loved them and Mom hated the smell, she turned me off.

I wouldn’t even give them a real solid chance until I was an adult and was bound and determined to make them really GREAT! This was it. Really, I mean how can anything mixed with bacon and butter be bad anyway right??

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Instant Pot Brussel Sprouts Bacon

With a little tweaking I tasted, adjusted, tasted again and OH MY even my 11 year old said they were delicious. I’m serious. My husband is a super picky eater too and I convinced him that we should make these weekly.

From there I went all out and made ALL THE THINGS with these little babies. Next to this one, we are totally obsessed with these air fryer brussel sprouts too. Try them both if you have a Foodi.

If you don’t, I suggest you getting this Cosori. It has a nice large square basket so you can fit enough food for all 4-5 of you. Yes, I am now obsessed with easy air fryer recipes too y’all. As far as add ins I will say that bacon bits is just out of this world. Yes you will add to the calories but just do it friends.

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Ninja Foodi Brussel Sprouts

Ok so if you use this brand of multi cooker you can pressure cook and air fry in the same pot. You may want only one of them but you do have the option which is sure nice. Below is just for the first function. If you want the other just swap lids and air crisp at 400 for a few minutes until browned.

  • Cutting brussel sprouts in half is key to making sure they are steamed to perfection.
  • I mean it kinda’ makes sense right? It’s hard otherwise to get the very center nice and soft like you’ll want them to be.

Of course you will get a variety of sizes so the small ones will become more tender than the monsters. But the mixture of textures works great.

Once you’ve rinsed and cut them you’ll pressure cook them in your vegetable steamer basket with a little water. This is your first step……

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Once that is done then you saute together all your add ins. Next you’ll mix them all together and serve immediately for the best taste and texture.

Pressure Cooker brussel sprouts

  1. Instant Pot – I have the 6 qt. version 
  2. Brussels sprouts – steam as many as you like, just don’t pass the top of your basket much
  3. Vegetable steamer basket

Extras you can add, or steam and then transfer to a pan and make cast iron brussel sprouts from there.

  1. Bacon
  2. Butter
  3. Lemon
  4. Shallots – could use diced onion
  5. Parmesan – we like lots on top

Garlic salt & salt – everyone is different so use these according to taste, can salt at the end if you wish

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Instant Pot brussel sprouts garlic butter

There is a printable recipe below at the bottom of this post. Here is a quick step by step though so you can get an idea of how we did this:

  1. Add brussel sprouts that have been halved into your steam basket with a cup of water underneath.
  2. Set to high pressure for 3 minutes with a quick release.
  3. Everyone has a different preference as far as how tender you like vegetables. 2 – 3 minutes is perfect for us.
  4. Remove, drain, and set pot to saute. Add butter and diced bacon, you could add some minced garlic too. You can substitute some olive oil if you’d like to decrease the amount of butter listed below.
  5. Cook bacon. When done to your liking add back in your brussels and gently stir.

For crispier roasted brussel sprouts close your Crisp Lid on a Ninja Foodi, or put under your broiler at 400 degrees for 4-5 minutes or until crisp.

how long to cook vegetables in instant pot

If you’re ready to try other Instant Pot vegetable recipes you can print out this cook time sheet and try more below Instant Pot recipes:

We’ve even made oven roasted brussels sprouts that my kids love!

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Instant Pot Brussel Sprouts

If you’re hesitant to try brussels I’ll make you a believer with this easy Instant Pot brussel sprouts with bacon recipe! Perfect side dish I tell you. 
Course Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword bacon, brussel sprouts, instant pot, pressure cooker, vegetables
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 322kcal
Author The Typical Mom



  • Wash and cut your brussel sprouts in half lengthwise.
  • Put a vegetable steamer basket at the bottom of your Instant Pot with 1.5 c. water.
  • Put your cut brussels into your basket and close the lid and steam valve.
  • Set to pressure high for 3 minutes, if cutting this recipe in half I would set to 2 minutes.
  • Do a quick release, take out basket with vegetables and drain liquid in the pot.
  • Put pot back in and set to saute normal.
  • Add 1 tbsp. of your butter and your diced bacon.
  • Cook until bacon is almost done and then add your shallots for last minute, then add the last stick of butter so it melts.
  • Once your butter is melted and bacon is done cooking to your liking turn your pot off.
  • Put your cooked brussels sprouts back into your pot and gently stir so they are all coated with your bacon/butter mixture. Squeeze your lemon juice on top, sprinkle seasonings and gently toss again.
  • Serve topped with parmesan cheese and chives if desired.


Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Brussel Sprouts
Amount Per Serving (4 oz)
Calories 322 Calories from Fat 261
% Daily Value*
Fat 29g45%
Saturated Fat 17g106%
Cholesterol 72mg24%
Sodium 673mg29%
Potassium 513mg15%
Carbohydrates 11g4%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 1635IU33%
Vitamin C 101.5mg123%
Calcium 86mg9%
Iron 1.7mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Wednesday 1st of November 2023

Absolutely fantastic! The sprouts were perfectly cooked and the rest of the ingredients made them so delish. Thank you!

The Typical Mom

Thursday 2nd of November 2023



Wednesday 13th of October 2021

Hello, I'm new to pressure cooking I'm going to try these Brussels sprouts just wondered if you can do different vegetables together, like Carrots and sprouts, its z whole new learning curve, thanks Sue.


Monday 10th of August 2020

Loved this... they came out perfect and tasted great!

The Typical Mom

Tuesday 11th of August 2020

Oh yay!

Chelsea stach

Thursday 28th of November 2019

Can I make this in the slow cooker instead?


Monday 18th of February 2019

The sprout-lovers among us enjoyed these very much and the haters deemed them 'good for a sprout,' which makes this an all-around winner in my book! I drained off all but 1 tablespoon of the bacon grease before adding the butter and shallots, and I only used 1/4 cup of butter total -- just personal preference. Love the lemon and Parmesan -- bright and unexpected! Bonus: The flavors in this recipe work very well with sausage, cabbage, and potatoes for a quick one-pot meal.

The Typical Mom

Monday 18th of February 2019

OHhhh that would be a great twist, thanks for the idea!

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