8ouncesbroccoli florets, cut into bite-sized pieces
Pour the water into the bottom of the Instant Pot, and arrange a steamer basket inside. (There's no need to buy something special here, I use the same steamer basket I use for stove-top cooking. You can also use the trivet that comes with your machine, instead.)
Place the broccoli on top of the steamer basket, then secure the lid. Move the steam release valve to "Sealing" and use the Pressure Cook or Manual button to cook at high pressure for zero minutes. (Yes, zero is a real setting on the Instant Pot!) It will take roughly 4-5 minutes for the pot to come to pressure if you're using a 6-quart Instant Pot, so the machine will read "On" until then.
As soon as the cooking cycle is complete, the screen will read L0:00. Immediately move the steam release valve to "Sealing" to release the pressure in the pot. It will take 1-2 minutes for the steam to release. When the floating valve in the lid drops, that means the pressure is gone and it's safe to open the lid.
The broccoli should be perfectly fork-tender, without being mushy. Serve it warm right away as a healthy side dish, or store it in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days, so you can stir it into your meals throughout the week.
Nutrition information is for half the batch. This is automatically calculated, and is just an estimate, not a guarantee.This recipe was tested in a 6-quart Instant Pot. For an 8-quart Instant Pot, I'd recommend using 3/4 cup of water, and know that the broccoli will cook a little longer as that size pot will take longer to pressurize and de-pressurize. As a result, the broccoli will be softer than the 6-quart pot. See more details in this post for ways to save on cooking time in the larger size pot!You can use more or less broccoli in your Instant Pot. Just keep in mind that the more broccoli you add, the longer it will take for the pot to pressurize, so the broccoli may come out more tender in that case. The less broccoli you use, the more "bite" it will have.For very small batches of broccoli, you may want to use a 1-minute cooking cycle, instead, to help make it more tender.You can also cook frozen broccoli using the same method above, but the results will be more mushy.