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Cooking Vegetables in the Instant Pot
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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! 🙂
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!
Put 1/4 cup of water in the stainless steel pot of the Instant Pot.
Wash and chop your vegetables and add them to the pot.
Secure the lid. Turn the sealing knob to sealing.
Press the manual button. Press the minus sign until you get to "1". Press the Pressure button until "low" pressure comes up.
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.
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.
Softer vegetables, such as asparagus, green beans and even carrots mixed with those vegetables can be cooked for less than a minute. You can set the timer to "0" with low pressure and quick release.
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.
You can play around with how much time each type of vegetable requires so they are cooked to your liking! I am somewhere between setting the timer to "0" and when it beeps waiting for 30 seconds to release the pressure or setting the timer to "1" and immediately releasing the pressure (all low pressure). It honestly depends on whether or not there is broccoli in the mix and how big it is as I do like my broccoli fork tender and not crunchy.... 🙂
I'm sure that you will also agree that cooking vegetables in the Instant Pot is totally awesome!
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!! 🙂