I am a huge fan of steamed vegetables. In fact, ever since I got my Instant Pot, I’ve really enjoyed steaming vegetables and trying out new Instant Pot vegetable recipes.
Why Instant Pot Steamed Vegetables Are the Best
Vegetables are always much more healthier when steamed. Boiled vegetables are great but the nutrients and goodness are able to leave the food much easier during the boiling process than when they are steamed.
The Instant Pot is even better than a steamer!
The reason for this is due to the faster cooking time when using the instant pot.
As the pressure cooker is much faster than a standard steamer, this provides less time for nutrients to leak out of vegetables.
I aim to steam my veg as often as possible and usually do this using my Instant Pot steaming basket.
My Top Ten Instant Pot Vegetables
Flavouring my vegetables always adds to the taste and makes them much better for the family, especially my daughter!
Here are my favourite ten vegetables to cook in the Instant pot and the cooking times it takes when cooked from fresh.
- Broccoli Fresh – 1-2 minutes
- Corn On The Cob Fresh – 3-5 minutes
- Sliced Carrots Fresh 2-3 minutes
- Asparagus Fresh 1-2 minutes
- Baby Potatoes Fresh 8-10 minutes
- Green Beans Fresh 1-2 minutes
- Spinach Fresh 1-2 minutes
- Butternut Squash Fresh 4-6 minutes (cubed)
- Sweet Potato Fresh 2-4 minutes (cubed)
- Cabbage Fresh 2-3 minutes
I recently made an Instant Pot vegetables cheat sheet which has a more detailed list of fresh and frozen vegetables and the ideal times for steaming. It’s a free download which is really quite handy!
Tasty Instant Pot Vegetable Recipes
Cooking vegetables in the Instant Pot can be easy and simple and here are some fantastic recipes you can follow when your starting out or looking for ideas of how to go about steaming your vegetables.
- Easy Instant Pot Potatoes by Meatloaf And Melodrama
- Instant Pot Steamed Asparagus by Cooking With Curls
- Pressure Cooker Beets by Sustainable Cooks
- Maple Mustard Glazed Carrots by Major Hoff Takes A Wife
Using an Instant Pot Steaming Basket
Using an Instant Pot steaming basket to steam vegetables is a great idea. A vegetable basket can be placed on a trivet above the water to enable steaming rather than boiling.
You can cook vegetables in the bottom of the pot if you don’t have accessories yet, or you can use a trivet, or a stackable vegetable steamer designed specifically for the instant pot.
When buying a stacker or steam basket for your vegetables be sure to make sure it’s the right size for your specific Instant pot.
Enjoy your vegetables!
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