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How to Steam Broccoli – Instant Pot

Instant Pot Steamed Broccoli, is an easiest and a healthier way to make broccoli in a pressure cooker by preserving most of its nutrients value and its vibrant color!!
Broccoli is a great tasting food, which is low in calories and rich in its nutrients value. Steaming broccoli is a breeze in Instant Pot, it’s quick, and a healthy way of making perfect steamed broccoli every time.  Instant Pot steamed broccoli is great for salads or even make a great side dish. Steaming broccoli helps in preserving its nutrients value, and at the same time reduces the risk of food bacteria, when consumed raw.
The texture of the broccoli depends a lot on quite a few factors. Firstly, the most important factor is the amount of liquid (water) added to a pot plays a very important role in steaming broccoli in a pressure cooker. If the liquid (water) is more the time to build up pressure will be more and if it is less then time to build up pressure will be less. This is pure science. Water and time are co-related to each other. Pressure level (high or low) also fairly contributes in this process. Thus, quantity of water, time and pressure level are important factors contributing to the texture, color and taste of the steamed broccoli.

How to Steam Broccoli - Instant Pot

I use two different techniques while cooking broccoli in my Instant Pot. First technique, and this is quite similar to the steam mode in Instant Pot. I add water to the inner pot, turn on saute mode (high), cover the pot with a lid (not a IP lid), I just use a glass lid from one of my other pots. Bring the water to a rolling boil. Turn off Instant Pot. Put the steamer with broccoli and cover the pot, you will notice that within 30 secs to 60 secs the broccoli changes its color to a vibrant green. I immediately remove the broccoli. Broccoli steamed in this way has a texture, a bite to it, crunchier, something I like to serve in salads.


Second technique is using the Manual/Pressure cook mode, for a tender broccoli which could be served as a side dish. I add the water to inner pot, add the steamer with broccoli, close the lid with the vent sealed for Manual/Pressure cook mode (high) for 0 min. As soon as the Instant Pot beeps, I do a quick release. This prevents broccoli from overcooking. This is a perfect way to get tender broccoli which is perfect as a side dish. Now, depending upon how tender you like your broccoli the pressure level may be set to low or high. Broccoli cooked on low pressure will be less tender as compared to one cooked on high pressure. Time stays the same that is 0 min.

I am using one head of broccoli, cut into florets for this recipe. Here’s a quick cooking guide for broccoli as a side dish.**Set Instant Pot to Manual / Pressure cook mode (*) 0 min**Quick Pressure Release



Option 1
(Method used)
Option 2
Manual/Pressure cook (high) 0 min Manual/Pressure cook(low) 0 min
Water ½ cup ½ cup
Pressure Release QR QR
Result Tender Not so tender

How to Steam Broccoli - Instant Pot

There are many ways you can serve broccoli, my favorite is to have it in salads, with some dressing. Some like to toss the broccoli with some garlic butter, and have as a side dish. One of my kid’s favorite recipe using broccoli is Broccoli Potato Patties / Broccoli Aloo Tikki, these are so yum and super easy to make, my kids absolutely love these Broccoli Potato Patties / Broccoli Aloo Tikki. I think it’s a great way to incorporate veggies into our daily diet. Healthy cooking!!



How to Steam Broccoli - Instant Pot

Instant Pot Steamed Broccoli, is an easiest and a healthier way to make broccoli in a pressure cooker by preserving most of its nutrients value and its vibrant color!!  
Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword steamed broccoli recipe, instant pot steamed broccoli, instant pot recipes, instant pot vegetarian recipes, vegetarian recipes, side dish recipe, easy recipes, vegetarian side dish recipes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Author Jyoti Behrani

Ingredients

  • 1 broccoli head cut into florets
  • 1/2 cup water

Instructions

Option 1: If using broccoli as a side dish:

  • Wash the broccoli and cut into florets.
  • Turn on Instant Pot to Manual / Pressure cook mode (high for 0 min.
  • Add water, place a steamer, add broccoli florets. Close the Instant Pot, vent sealed.
  • Once the Instant Pot beeps, quickly release the pressure. Open the Instant Pot, remove the broccoli.
  • Optional- Place the steamer basket under cold water for 5-10 sec to stop further cooking.
  • Broccoli is now ready to be used into your favorite dish. Enjoy!

Option 2: If using broccoli as in salads:

  • Wash the broccoli and cut into florets.
  • Turn on Instant Pot to saute mode (high).
  • Add water, bring the water to a rolling boil. Turn off Instant Pot.
  • Place a steamer, add broccoli florets. Close the Instant Pot with a lid. (not IP lid)
  • Wait for 30-60 secs, the broccoli changes its color to vibrant green. Remove the steamer from the IP.
  • Optional- Place the steamer basket under cold water for 5-10 sec to stop further cooking.
  • Broccoli is now ready to be used in salads. Enjoy!

Notes

1. Depending upon how crunchy or how tender you like your broccoli, one can adjust the pressure level to low or high. For crunchy, select low pressure, for tender select high.
2. Once the broccoli is done cooking, you may place the steamer basket under cold water for 5-10 sec to stop further cooking.
3. Please use the cooking guide as discussed earlier in the post for the best results.
4. Any steamer that fits into IP can be used. 



Jyoti Behrani

Hello!! Welcome to my blog, my journey Living Smart and Healthy! Cook with me easy and authentic Indian food and around the globe. Will be sharing tips and tricks on easy authentic cooking, without spending hours in the kitchen or comprising on authentic flavors. Keeping things simple and healthy is what I am all about. Life is simple, so lets keep cooking simple too!!

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