Cooking Vegetables in the Instant Pot

I love my Instant Pot! I especially love it for cooking vegetables. They cook quickly, they are crisp tender when finished and they stay brightly colored! If you haven’t tried cooking vegetables yet, give it a try. You won’t cook them any other way once you’ve tried cooking them in the Instant Pot!

Happy cooking!  🙂

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Cooking Vegetables in the Instant Pot!
Vegetables are super easy to cook in the Instant Pot. They turn out tender crisp and colorful. And they cook quickly!
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Cooking Vegetables in the Instant Pot!
Vegetables are super easy to cook in the Instant Pot. They turn out tender crisp and colorful. And they cook quickly!
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Instructions
  1. Put 1/4 cup of water in the stainless steel pot of the Instant Pot.
  2. Wash and chop your vegetables and add them to the pot.
  3. Secure the lid. Turn the sealing knob to sealing.
  4. Press the manual button. Press the minus sign until you get to "1". Press the Pressure button until "low" pressure comes up.
  5. And wait!
  6. If you are cooking a vegetable medley, it is helpful to cook a very hard vegetable (eg golden beets) for a minute first before you add in and cook the other vegetables. Cook the beets for 1 minute at low pressure. Release the pressure quickly, then add the other vegetables that you want to cook. Add a small amount of additional water if the level looks low. Cook at low pressure for another minute and release the pressure quickly. All the vegetables should be crisp tender.
  7. If you are cooking vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower or brussel sprouts then cook those for one minute at low pressure, with a quick release.
  8. Softer vegetables, such as asparagus, green beans and even carrots mixed with those vegetables can be cooked for less than a minute. I often release the pressure when the "1" first shows up on the display panel!!
  9. And sometimes, if the broccoli and cauliflower are in larger chunks, after the 1 minute of cooking I will count to 20 and then release the pressure.
  10. You can play around with how much time each type of vegetable requires so they are cooked to your liking!
  11. But I'm sure that you will also agree that cooking vegetables in the Instant Pot is totally awesome!
  12. As you can see, I often cook lots of vegetables together, including throwing in some greens such as kale, Swiss chard or collard greens. They always turn out awesome!! When the vegetables are done, remember to season them with lots of love before serving!! 🙂
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2 thoughts on “Cooking Vegetables in the Instant Pot

  1. I’m going to try this thank you. I’ve had my IP for a few months now and tried vegetables a few times and got mush. Low pressure might be the the ultimate answer. Have you tried adding seasonings to the water or lemon? That’s my next dream if I can get al dente vegetables.

    1. Hi Charmagne! Mushy vegetables are no fun! I really like cooking vegetables in the Instant Pot! It is the only way I cook them now! I bet low pressure might help. If they are more done than you like with low pressure you can try releasing the pressure before the one minute cooking time is up. I’ve not had to do this as one minute is about right for me.

      Sometimes if the broccoli is in larger chunks, I’ll wait for about 20 to 30 seconds after the one minute of cooking time, then release the pressure so the broccoli is as tender as I like it.

      Sometimes I cook the vegetables in vegetable broth, which adds a richness that I enjoy. I think adding other seasonings would be wonderful! I haven’t experimented much with that yet, but am thinking about doing that.

      Happy cooking!!!!! 🙂

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