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Instant Pot Vegetable Cook Times

Tons of easy Instant Pot vegetable recipes and a free Instant Pot vegetable cooking times printable so you know how long each one takes to steam to perfection. I first started with this Instant Pot cooking times printable which helped me gage how long I should cook meat but now are veggies.

instant pot vegetable cook times

When I first got my Instant Pot I was clueless. I didn’t know what to do and how long to cook vegetables (or anything else for that matter). I also was in search of some easy Instant Pot vegetable recipes to try. It’s helped us create a lot of easy Instant Pot recipes here on The Typical Mom. (affiliate links present)

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I hope this free printable vegetable cooking times cheat sheet of sorts helps you too. Then you’ll be ready to make Instant Pot steamed vegetables with carrots, corn and more. It should help you immensely too.

Here’s where it all began. I made Instant Pot vegetarian soup and that was easy but used canned veggies that were already tender. But how to soften fresh produce was next on the list of things to figure out. I did it!

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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steaming vegetables in the instant pot

Instant Pot Vegetable Cook Times

I used many of the Instant Pot cooking times listed on the Instant Pot website sharing how long to cook both fresh and frozen vegetables. For the most part this is what you need to do, no matter what you’re steaming.

All times are set to pressure high and of course vary slightly depending on how large your pieces are, how much you’re cooking, and how tender you prefer them to be.

  • Put 1.5 c. water in the bottom of the pot

How to cook vegetables in an instant pot and without any oil?

You don’t need oil at all!! Water or broth is necessary on the bottom to steam them to fork tender but beyond that the toppings are up to you. Butter is our choice to add a bit of flavor and make Instant Pot brussel sprouts delicious but you could just use a dash of salt and pepper.

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How long should I cook vegetables in an Instant Pot?

This PDF cheat sheet is a good guide to follow in general when you’re estimating how long cooking vegetables in your Instant Pot should take. If you’re new to using your fancy pressure cooker we speak in simple directions. All you need to understand is 1 cup of water is added to the bottom, with metal basket to hold food and the timing is below in our chart.

Instant Pot Vegetable Cooking Times Sheet

How long do you cook vegetables in the Instant Pot?

So first we’ll share this printable ——> Steaming vegetables in the Instant Pot that is free to download and keep as a cheat sheet.

Can you cook frozen vegetables in a pressure cooker?

Absolutely but they take far less time to get tender vs. fresh produce since they are very small and already cooked part of the way before freezing. Typically a bag of frozen vegetables in a pressure cooker just takes 0 minutes, meaning set time to 0 and when it beeps they are done.

instant pot vegetable steamer basket

Instant Pot Vegetable Cook Times Cheat Sheet

There are a few things you should remember when you are steaming vegetables in your Instant Pot or pressure cooker.

  1. Use a trivet or vegetable steamer (this one is my favorite one)
    1. I like this steamer basket for larger vegetables
    2. You can find a 2 tiered vegetable steamer basket I use when I’m cooking different items at the same time like I did with this Instant Pot potato salad recipe
  2. Always put 1.5-2 c. of water in the bottom (essentially you’re steaming them)
    1. Once you’ve found the time you need on this Instant Pot printable time sheet close your lid, close steam valve, and set to manual-pressure-high.
    2. Quick release

I just bought these small oven mitts made specifically for the Instant Pot which enables me to lift steaming baskets and pots out easily without burning myself (super cheap & so worth it) Always remember to keep your face and body away from the steam valve and open the lid away from you.

pressure cooker carrots

Favorite Instant Pot vegetable recipes

If you love collard greens or turnip greens we have a recipe with bacon for Instant Pot greens of all kinds here.

Then I needed one for beans too so this printable bean cooking times for pressure cookers was created as well which helped when I made my Instant Pot baked beans without soaking them ahead of time….game changer!!

instant pot beets
instant pot artichokes

Many times we will have just a bowl of yummy vegetables for dinner. I have made these pressure cooker artichokes as an entire meal. They’re super filling, delicious, full of fiber and great for you!

Made in my Instant Pot it takes less than 20 minutes total and a total winner when I’m watching what I’m eating and/or need a yummy side dish.

Here are a few yummy dishes and the corn casserole we’ve made for years in the oven but made it in our pressure cooker this time! Pretty and delicious.

instant pot corn casserole recipe

Instant Pot Begetable recipes

If you’ve never tried mashing vegetables other than potatoes here are a few to try. My cauliflower mash above is yummy and if you find colored cauliflower like I did (I used purple) you can surprise your kids and they are sure to try it because it will look so cool! 😉

Pressure cooker mashed potatoes is a super cheap side dish that kids and adults love.

  • If you’re looking for a great soup packed with veggies here a yummy Instant Pot vegetable beef soup recipe
  • Please refer to our Instant Pot Recipes tab at the top of my website for tons of other easy Instant Pot vegetable recipes as we create them
pressure cooker mashed potatoes

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Thursday 3rd of September 2020

An outstanding share! I have just forwarded this onto a coworker who had been doing a little research on this. And he actually bought me breakfast because I discovered it for him... lol. So allow me to reword this.... Thank YOU for the meal!! But yeah, thanks for spending time to talk about this matter here on your web page.

Norma Dickerson

Tuesday 26th of May 2020

How to locate the chart for cooking veggies? I found the page, but not the actual chart to print.


The Typical Mom

Wednesday 27th of May 2020

There is a link in this post that takes you to it

Terrie McArthur

Thursday 21st of November 2019

I found the printable for beans, but not for veggies or meats??? Help!

Daniel D Tippie

Sunday 29th of December 2019

You need to sign up for the email subscription to get the chart for meats. It's located at the bottom of the page for beans. I still haven;t been able to get the chart for veggies, though.

Dora Smith

Tuesday 25th of December 2018

Are your vegetable cooking times with the steam function or the pressure/ manual function? I don't see where it specifies. Some machines heat differently or pressurize differently between the two functions.

Henri L. Geier

Sunday 18th of November 2018

I have gastroparesis and should not eat many vegetables. I have found that steaming many of them for a long time allows me to tolerate many of them. I recently bought an Instant Pot to see if this would be a better solution. If anyone reading this has the same problem and has any advice I would be glad to hear from them.

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