Chances are, at some point in time you will have a head of broccoli in your refrigerator that is aching to be made into a dinner meal.
While you can cut into florets and dip in lots of yummy ranch dip, it’s just as easy to steam broccoli and use as a side for your next dinner or even as your dinner if you are looking to incorporate more vegetables.
Broccoli is incredibly high in fiber and vitamins A and C – and if you can, always try to get local organic broccoli because the nutrient content is much higher than that of what you will find in any store. You can roast broccoli in the oven, steam it on the stovetop, use in casseroles, or use in broccoli soup (see one of our favorite broccoli soup recipes), but I personally love it steamed and sprinkled with a little sea salt.
One of my favorite ways to cook broccoli is in the Instant Pot – we have had our Instant Pot since 2015 and used it countless times to prepare some pretty fantastic recipes for the family, for potlucks, for the holidays and more.
Last time I counted we had over 100 Instant Pot recipes and counting. 😱
All that aside, lets talk about broccoli. Sure, we can steam it on the stove, but why not just use the pressure cooker? The Instant Pot (our electric pressure cooker) cooks it up incredibly well – perfect steamed broccoli with no fuss! There is no need to stand over the stove, turn in handles of pans, or wonder if you turned off the burner.
You’ll simply pour 1/2 C. of water in your clean Instant Pot and set your steamer rack within. Cut your broccoli stem off and separate into large florets (not small!) and place on the steamer insert. Place the lid on the Instant Pot, seal the valve, and push manual and then change the timer to 0. (zero minutes!)
Once the pot beeps finished, immediately release the pressure and remove the broccoli to a plate to enjoy – do not let it sit in the pressure cooker or it will become much too soggy!
Looking for more Instant Pot recipes, check out over 100 Instant Pot recipes from tamales, to yogurt, vegetable and chicken stock and more.