Amazing Instant Pot Broccoli Recipe
It is no new news that our bodies need a healthy dose of nutrients to keep us intact and properly functioning. And green veggies are the best sources of food that can be consumed in order to achieve this need of our body. One such veggie which fulfills such criteria is broccoli, which is full of healthy vitamins like Vitamin K and C that are essential antioxidants for our body. It is also rich with folic acid, vitamin A, natural fiber and minerals like potassium.
If you want to eat healthy and are in need of a bowl full of tasty green veggies, then you should most definitely opt for broccoli. Broccoli can be a crucial item for your meals, especially if you follow a vegan diet with low-carbs. Most fitness enthusiasts prefer to add this nutritious green veggie in their diet and hence, broccoli has become a top choice for health-conscious people all over the world.
People have found many ways to incorporate this vegetable into their diets. However, one such dish that allows us to receive all the good nutrients from broccoli while keeping it intact is the instant pot broccoli. Since this recipe involves steaming broccoli in instant pot, not only is it very simple to make but it also only takes a handful of minutes.
How to Steam Broccoli in Instant Pot
Ingredients for instant pot broccoli recipe:
- Head of fresh, cleaned broccoli
- An instant pot
- A steamer basket
- Minced garlic, red pepper flakes, lemon juice, herbs, olive oil, sea salt, black pepper (optional flavoring)
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The steps to make pressure cooker broccoli:
Cleaning the Broccoli
- The Basic Method:
An essential step before cooking the broccoli to perfection is to clean it. The first step is to submerge the broccolis into a sink filled with cold water. Use your hands to slightly swirl through the water to get rid of any dirt. If you don’t have a sink, you can soak them inside a bowl. Make sure to use only cold water to clean the broccoli because the florets will shrivel in warm water.
Afterward, pick up the broccoli from your sink and let the water drain away. Put the broccoli in a strainer and turn on the tap for cold water. Make sure that the water runs evenly through all sides of the broccoli to get rid of any remaining dirt. You can also use your hand to hold the broccoli and wash it on all sides under the cold tap water.
For the final step, use your fingertips to make delicate motions on the stalks, bottoms, and sides of the broccoli to remove the residual dirt and dust. You can also use a soft-bristled brush to do this. However, be extra careful while cleaning the florets because they can wilt or shrivel easily if force is used while using the brush. Once, finished, keep it in the strainer and leave it to dry before cooking broccoli in an instant pot.
- The Vinegar Trick:
If the basic method does not seem convenient, you can always opt for the alternative option. In that case, you would have to use vinegar to clean your broccoli before cooking it.
Take a bowl, large enough to soak the broccoli in it. Pour water and vinegar in 3:1 ratio into the bowl (3 parts water and 1 part vinegar).
After you have made the solution, put the broccoli into the bowl and leave it for 15-20 minutes. Use a spatula or your hands to churn the broccoli to remove any debris or dirt. However, do not use vigorous motions to do so because it will wilt away the florets.
When 15-20 minutes have passed, place the broccoli under cool water to rinse off the vinegar. Again, you can use a soft-bristled brush to do this but you need to be careful not to shrivel the florets of your broccoli. Keep in mind that leaving the broccoli in the water and vinegar solution for more than 20 minutes will not do any more good to it as it will start to absorb the vinegar which will alter its original taste.
Remember, you can always go for the basic method, however, the vinegar solution trick will also get rid of any bacteria or pesticides that may have been present in the broccoli.
Prepping the Broccoli
Take a large knife that is sharp enough in order to cleanly chop the broccoli into individual flowerets. Make sure the pieces are as identical in size as possible. This will make sure that they all cook at the same time uniformly.
Preparing the Instant Pot
Before you start this step, determine how much water is needed to be added to the instant pot. For every instant pot or pressure cooker, there is a minimum quantity specified for it. Stick to this specified quantity. If your pressure cooker has a capacity of 6 liters, add only 1 cup of water which is the quantified amount. Note that this amount will vary depending on the size of your instant pot.
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Once you have added the water to the instant pot, position the steamer basket inside it. The broccoli pieces will go into this basket. However, they will need to be placed and set carefully which will play a crucial part in making sure that all of the veggies are cooked properly. Avoid overlapping as much as possible.
Cooking the Broccoli
Start the instant pot which will allow the broccoli to start cooking. The cook time for steaming the veggie under pressure is actually 0 minutes. Once it has been put to work, the instant pot will come to pressure in a while. It is during this time that the broccoli will get cooked until the pressure reaches full capacity.
Releasing the Steam
When the instant pot has come to pressure, it will beep to announce that the broccoli is done being cooked. Be quick and thorough when the pot beeps because the pressure needs to be released instantly or as soon as possible. If you wait for longer, you may get a ton of soggy broccoli to eat instead. And after the pressure has been quickly released, have the lid removed from the instant pot.
Transferring the Broccoli
After the lid has been removed, let the broccolis rest inside the steamer basket for a while. This will allow not only the broccoli to cool down but also the steamer basket at the same time. Once you deem that both the basket and the flowerets are cool, take them out and transfer them into a bowl or a plate.
Adding Additional Flavors
If you love some flavored broccoli over the plain, steamed veggie, you may add the additional ingredients we mentioned in our list to the steamed broccoli. Add these seasonings and mix the flowerets with them properly. Ingredients such as olive oil, salt, black pepper, herbs, and lemon juice will lend excellent flavors to the broccolis, making them much more palatable.
Follow the recipe accordingly and you will be able to cook the broccoli to perfection using your instant pot. Making instant pot broccoli is actually very beneficial that most people are not usually aware of. For instance, using instant pots help to protect the nutrients that would have been otherwise lost if it was cooked using an alternative method. This basically means that you’ll be having an even healthier meal than most people who like to cook their broccoli in a different way.
If you have leftover from your first serve, you can always store it for later. Even though most vegetables don’t stay fresh for long, broccolis can still taste refreshing if kept in the fridge for not more than 3 or 4 days. However, the key to keeping vegetables fresh and intact in the refrigerator is to store them in perfectly airtight containers. This way you will still be able to enjoy the refreshing taste of cooked broccoli even after a single-serve. However, make sure to never overcook it because it will have lost all its nutrients by then, along with its refreshing taste and flavor. Moreover, refrigerating overcooked broccoli will not be that healthy for you to eat after 3 or 4 days.
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