How to steam broccoli

Pressure Cooker Steamer Baskets

Not all pressure cookers come with one. Some come with a wire trivet, there’s no way you can steam broccoli with this!

pressure cooker rackmetal pressure cooker rack

Others come with perforated racks but, it’s too shallow for steaming. It would just be covered with liquid and not actually steam the broccoli.

pressure cooker wire rack with handleswire rack with handles

Here’s a wire trivet with handles, again, it’s too shallow and the openings are too wide for broccoli.

Here’s my favorite kind of steamer basket. It’s a collapsible steamer basket. It has tall feet and comes in different sizes. I call it a flower steamer basket.

I recommend getting the largest one that will fit because it has a larger flat area that can be used for steaming desserts.

Collapsible Stainless Steel Steamer Basket (aka Flower-shaped Basket)Collapsible Stainless Steel Steamer Basket (aka Flower-shaped Basket)

If your pressure cooker has a non-stick insert, get a silicone steamer basket to prevent from scratching the coating. You can purchase these from any homeware store. Check the hip site for links.

Thankfully, the pressure cooker I use in the recipe did come with an extra tall trivet and high-quality steamer basket!

See Also: Pressure Cooker Accessories: Steamer Basket (with purchase links)

Pressure Steaming Tips

Before you get started here are a few more things to keep in mind.

  • Use your pressure cooker’s minimum liquid requirement – this ensures the cooker can reach pressure quickly. If you’re not sure what that is 1 1/2 cups (375ml) is usually enough to bring almost any pressure cooker model and type to pressure.
  • Save the pressure cooking liquid for later use – it’s full of veggie juice (and some nutrients) so use it in place of water or stock in another recipe.
  • Choose the pressure according to your “veggie done-ness preference” use “High Pressure” for tender, “Low Pressure” for al dente, and “No Pressure” for crunchy (if your cooker has this setting). You can use the recommended cooking time for all pressures, or tweak it up and down a minute or two to further customize the results.
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Pressure Cooker Steamed Broccoli

Pressure Cooker Steamed Broccoli

  • Serving size: ¼th
  • Calories: 36.9
  • TOTAL Fat: 0.4g
  • TOTAL Carbs: 7.5g
  • Sugar Carbs: 1.5g
  • Sodium: 43.2mg
  • Fiber Carbs: 3.4g
  • Protein: 2.5g
  • Cholesterol: 0.0mg

  • 1 lb (500g) broccoli florets
  • 1½ cups (375ml) water
  1. Pour the water in the pressure cooker base and add the steamer basket, or trivet and steamer basket, with the broccoli inside.
  2. Close the lid and set the valve to pressure cooking position.
  3. Electric pressure cookers and stove top pressure cookers: Cook for 3 to 5 minutes at high or LOW pressure.
  4. When time is up, open the pressure cooker with the Normal release – release pressure through the valve.
  5. Remove the steamer basket from the pressure cooker immediately to stop the broccoli from cooking further.


Pressure Cooker BroccoliPressure Cooker Broccoli & Steamer BasketsPressure Steamed Broccoli

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