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This Instant Pot broccoli is so fast, it’s got a zero minute cook time! It comes out perfectly steamed in the pressure cooker.

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Want the fastest way to cook broccoli? Steaming it in the Instant Pot! Yes, this recipe has a zero minute cook time. A zero minute cook time? Is that even a thing? Turns out, you set the Instant Pot timer for 0 minutes. After about 5 minutes of “preheating,” your broccoli is done! This means this Instant Pot broccoli takes under 10 minutes. As the final flavoring, we like to add olive oil, red onion, and feta cheese. It’s the easiest side dish we’ve ever made!

How to make Instant Pot broccoli: a tutorial

Now, there’s really hardly anything to say about making Instant Pot broccoli because it’s really that simple. This one isn’t actually that much faster than steaming broccoli on the stovetop: they’re both very quick! But the Instant Pot method is even more hands off: all you have to do is chop the broccoli and press Go. It’s one of our favorite broccoli recipes because it’s just that easy!

Step 1: Chop the broccoli into florets.

Use a Chef’s knife to cut the broccoli into bite-sized florets. Here we used 2 large heads broccoli, which is enough for 4 small servings. Feel free double it: it’s still the same cook time!


Step 2: Place the broccoli in the Instant Pot with water. Pressure cook on High for 0 minutes!

Add the florets to the Instant Pot with ½ cup water. Then here’s the fun part: set the timer to 0 minutes! It sounds counterintuitive, but if you’re an Instant Pot pro you’ll know how it works.

Every time the Instant Pot cooks something, it has to come up to pressure: kind of like “preheating”. Each recipe takes a different amount of time to preheat, depending on how much volume is in the pot. In this case, it’s about 5 minutes for the pressure cooker to come up to pressure. Once it does, the building pressure in the pot has already cooked the brocolli! The Instant Pot will beep and you can move to Step 3, which is…

Instant Pot broccoli

Step 3: Quick release, and add flavorings as desired.

Then you’ll perform a quick release by immediately letting all the steam out of the top valve. Once it’s come out, you can open the lid and taste your broccoli. It comes out perfectly steamed, bright green and crisp tender!

Easy side dish

How to serve it

After you’ve made Instant Pot broccoli, how to serve it? We created this recipe to show you how to quickly dress up steamed broccoli as a side dish. It takes just a few simple ingredients to transform this veggie from good to incredible! Here’s what we did here:

  • Olive oil & kosher salt. Mix with just enough olive oil and kosher salt to perfectly flavor it. Or, substitute your favorite type of oil or butter.
  • Feta cheese. What veggie’s not better with cheese? A sprinkle of feta cheese takes it up a few notches. You could also use Parmesan cheese or goat cheese.
  • Red or green onion. Onion adds just the right savory flavor and crunch! If you use red onion, try soaking it in water while you make the recipe: it removes the onion breath! Or use thinly sliced green onion as a substitute.
Pressure cooker steamed broccoli

What kind of Instant Pot to use?

All pressure cooker brands vary! Here’s the brand we use: an Instant Pot 6 Qt Programmable Pressure Cooker. This recipe is customized for a 6 quart pressure cooker. We also can’t speak to other brands and types of pressure cookers. For example, Instant Pot Mini works differently, so use it at your own risk! Let us know if you make this pressure cooker broccoli in the comments below!

More ways to cook broccoli? Try our Sauteed Broccoli, Roasted Broccoli, and Boiled Broccoli. Head to How to Cook Broccoli for more.

Want more easy side dish recipes?

This Instant Pot broccoli is one of our very favorite easy side dishes! A few more we might recommend: our Parmesan potato wedges are seriously good, this BEST kale salad is delightful, and these Instant Pot Brussels sprouts are super quick. And then of course, our best green salads are always a hit.

This Instant Pot broccoli recipe is…

Vegetarian, gluten-free, plant-based, dairy-free, and vegan (without the optional feta).

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Instant Pot broccoli

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 3 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 8 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


This Instant Pot broccoli is so fast, it’s got a zero minute cook time! It comes out perfectly steamed in the pressure cooker.


  • 1 1/2 pounds (2 large heads) broccoli
  • ½ cup water
  • ¼ cup red onions, thinly sliced (or substitute green onion)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ cup feta cheese (optional)


  1. Chop the broccoli into florets. Add it to the Instant Pot with the water. Lock the lid of the Instant Pot. Place the pressure release handle (vent) in the “Sealing” position.
  2. Cook on high pressure for 0 minutes: Press the Pressure Cook button, making sure the “High Pressure” setting is selected, and set the time of 0 minutes. Note that it takes about 5 minutes for the pot to “preheat” and come up to pressure. (Avoid touching the metal part of the lid.)
  3. Meanwhile, very thinly slice the onion. Place it in a bowl of water while you’re making the rest of the recipe, then drain. (This helps to reduce onion breath and remove some of the spicy bite. If you use green onion, skip this step!)
  4. Quick release: Once the timer beeps, vent the remaining steam from the Instant Pot by moving the pressure release handle to “Venting”, covering your hand with a towel or hot pad. Never put your hands or face near the vent when releasing steam. Open the pressure cooker lid.
  5. Carefully remove the broccoli to a bowl. Toss with the olive oil, kosher salt, feta cheese (optional), and drained red onions.
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Pressure Cooker
  • Cuisine: Vegetable

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes for memorable kitchen moments! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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  1. Eileen says:

    My new InstaPot (the standard 6 qt. size) also won’t operate at less than 1 minute. One minute gives too soft result and I don’t want to cook more. I plan to wait until it starts to cook, then cancel and vent.

  2. Julie says:

    Do you adjust the water level if the broccoli is freshly washed? My broccoli was slightly wet when I placed it in the pot. After adding the half cup water, it came out a bit mushy. Next time, I might try it without the added water and see what happens.

  3. Lorrie says:

    This didn’t go well for me. The broccoli came out overcooked, and I think it had to do with the zero timing. The IP never stopped cooking the broccoli, I had to shut it off for it to stop. I will stick with stove top broccoli.

  4. Shanell Cox says:

    My 7 and 2 year old gobble this up. It’s a great way to cook frozen broccoli. So good!

  5. Doug McKirahan says:

    Unfortunately this didn’t work for me. I used small broccoli florets and even with a 0 minute cooking time, they were like mush and completely fell apart when I took them out of the ip Too bad there isn’t a way to reduce the steaming process.

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