Nothing better than steamed vegetables for a meal, right? Super light to digest, super healthy, and super easy to make as well! And if you’re usually busy but want yummy steamed vegetables for dinner, you can make them super quick in an instant pot. Here we learn how.
How to Steam Vegetable in Instant Pot?
It’s as easy as just popping in the vegetables in the pot, hitting the “go” button and then literally forgetting about it as you carry on with your daily chores, even walk out of home! (Make sure that your instant pot is in good condition if you do decide to leave your home. You might want to replace your instant pot if it is old or not in good condition.
Now, while using veggies for steaming in an instant pot, it’s important to note that each vegetable has a different cooking time. Knowing this as a general rule would help you keep expectations realistic while steaming them in your instant pot.
For instance, broccoli cooks pretty fast on a gas stove. This means that it’d cook equally (or even more) faster in an instant pot. On the other hand, carrots take longer time to cook in general even on the stove. So the instant pot carrots would also have a higher cooking time when compared to other vegetables. To help you pick your veggies for steaming in the instant pot, try and go by the general rule that the tougher it is to poke a fork through a raw vegetable (carrot or cauliflower), the more time it’d take to cook in the instant pot.
Going by this rule, we can say that baby carrots and instant pot cauliflower florets would take about 16 minutes each in the pot, while broccoli takes just about 1 minute! So there you’d know which veggies to pick and choose carefully for steaming in the instant pot, especially if you need to ready the dinner quick or need to step out of your home.
Can I Use Steamer Basket in Instant Pot?
While it may not be all that necessary to use a basket for steaming vegetables in the instant pot, we strongly recommend you to use one. It may involve a bit of research; some looking around to get your hands on the best one that’s affordable and also perfectly fits the pot, it’s well worth it.
This is because you may still be able to steam your veggies without a basket, but the results may not be very consistent. You’d notice that the vegetables on the top get all nicely steamed and cooked, but the ones at the bottom are left uncooked. So it means more effort on your part afterwards. This can be considerably saved, along with the time of course, if you’re using a steam basket in your instant pot.
Instant Pot Vegetable Recipe
Now let’s get to this very simple and quick-to-make recipe for steamed vegetables using an instant pot.
Ingredients For Instant Pot Veggies
- Raw baby carrots – 1-2 cups
- Raw cauliflower florets – 1-2 cups
- Raw broccoli florets – 1-2 cups
- Water – 1 cup
Direction To Follow
- Pour water at the bottom of the pot. Place the steamer basket inside.
- Now add carrots and cauliflower.
- Place a glass lid on top of the pot and set the timer at 15 minutes.
- Once the timer goes off, carefully lift the lid because hot steam would escape quickly. Check if the veggies are nicely cooked. You may use a fork to pierce through the vegetables.
- If not, you can add some more cooking time to the process; one minute at a time only if needed.
- Now add broccoli (at the end because it cooks faster) and replace the lid. Set the timer at one minute only.
- Again as the timer goes off, remove the lid and pierce through the broccoli to check for doneness. Though may not be required, if you feel the need to, you may add some more cooking time; one minute at a time.
What Goes Best with Instant Pot Steam Vegetables?
Though they make a complete meal in themselves and are quite tasty to relish too (try adding a scoop of butter and season the veggies with a dash of salt and pepper), steamed vegetables go best with some of the following recipes, all made in Instant Pot as well. So the next time you have steamed veggies planned for dinner, keep these on the menu as well, and the best part is, you can make them all in an instant pot in no time.
- Instant Pot Whole Chicken
- Instant Pot Jasmine Rice
- Instant Pot Beans
- Instant Pot Quinoa
- Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes
- Instant Pot Honey Garlic Chicken
- Instant Pot Mangolian Beef
- Instant Pot Beef Brisket
- Instant Pot BBQ Chicken
- Instant Pot Broccoli& Beef
- Instant Pot Minestrone Soup
Can Frozen Vegetables Be Used in an Instant Pot?
While it’d be best to use fresh vegetables for your steamed vegetable in instant pot recipe, you may use them frozen too. The only thing to be taken into consideration here is that they’d need a little more cooking time than usual.
Also, in place of setting the timer cooking time to 0 minutes (as in case of fresh veggies), you’d need to set it to 1 minute with frozen ones. If not, you can also use the natural release method for slow cooking of veggies rather than the instant pressure release after you are done with cooking. Don’t know about natural release? Learn more about it on this article.
Few Tips for Steaming Vegetables in Instant Pot
- Cut vegetables almost similar in size, as far as possible. This would help cook all of them evenly.
- Don’t add the seasonings while the veggies are still in the pot. Wait until you remove them from the pot to ensure getting the best flavour.
Steamed vegetables are a healthy and simple preparation, and steaming them in the instant pot ensures that they’re even faster to cook and retain their nutritious value just as much. Besides, you can always leave them and step out whenever needed. There’s no need to stand and wait for until the veggies are cooked as with a pressure cooker. So go ahead and try them today for lunch or dinner!