Instant Pot Cauliflower

Perfectly steamed cauliflower in minutes thanks to the Instant Pot. This recipe doesn’t get any simpler, but it does get tastier with a little seasoning at the end.

sliced cauliflower on board in front of instant pot

Instant Pot steamed cauliflower

We love steamed cauliflower, it’s our 2nd favorite way to enjoy it in this house. The first way is oven roasting with chicken broth (cauliflower absorbs flavor wonderfully).

But this steamed cauliflower recipe is sooooo much faster than all of that! And it keeps the oven free for the main dish while it steams in the Instant Pot on the counter. Win-Win.

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Easy steamed cauliflower ingredients

  • Cauliflower
  • Water
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper

What you’ll need to make this recipe

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Tips for making steamed cauliflower in the Instant Pot

I LOVE to steam veggies in my Instant Pot and often do it several times a week. While not every veggie is created the same or holds up the same to heat and pressure, the results are still easy and customizable.

With this Instant Pot cauliflower recipe, we can adjust how tender we get it by just adding 1 more minute to the clock.

With fresh cauliflower, you can get soft cauliflower (that’s not too soft) by just setting the IP to 0 minutes. Yes, you can cook things for zero minutes.

The time it takes to get the Instant Pot up to pressure cooks the cauliflower perfectly so once it reaches the desired pressure level, the time is up.

Want softer cauliflower? 1 or 2 minutes will make it so tender you can mash it with a fork.

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FAQ’s about cauliflower

Is steamed cauliflower healthy?

Steaming veggies is a great way to make them nice and tender for chewing while keeping a lot of nutrients intact. This means that it could be considered a healthier way to prepare your cauliflower.

Can I steam cauliflower in advance?

Yes, you can make this side dish up to 2 days in advance and store it in an airtight container in the fridge. Simply reheat when ready to eat. Perfect for easy meals throughout the week.

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How to make Instant Pot cauliflower

Wash your cauliflower and chop it into large sized florets.

Place 1 cup of water into the Instant Pot and add the cauliflower. You can have it in a steamer basket or lay it on the trivet.

Close the lid and seal it shut.

Set the Instant Pot to High Pressure for 0 minutes.

Do a Quick Pressure Release and remove the cauliflower to a large mixing bowl.

Drain the water from the Instant Pot.

Add olive oil, salt, and pepper to the cauliflower and toss to coat.

Serve warm and enjoy.

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Instant Pot Cauliflower

Perfectly steamed cauliflower in minutes thanks to the Instant Pot. This recipe doesn't get any simpler, but it does get tastier with a little seasoning at the end.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time0 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cauliflower instant pot recipe, Instant Pot Cauliflower, instant pot steamed cauliflower
Servings: 4
Calories: 53kcal
Author: Beeyond Cereal

Equipment

  • Instant Pot

Ingredients

  • 1 head cauliflower, chopped large
  • 1 cup water (for cooking)
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Wash and chop your cauliflower into large florets.
  • In your Instant Pot, pour 1 cup of water.
  • Add cauliflower to a steamer basket or lay on a trivet inside the Instant Pot.
  • Close the lid and seal the vent.
  • Set it to High Pressure and set the timer for 0 minutes.
  • Do a Quick Pressure Release.
  • Drain water and place cauliflower into a mixing bowl.
  • Toss the cauliflower with olive oil, salt, and pepper to taste.
  • Serve warm and enjoy.
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Nutrition

Serving: 1scoop | Calories: 53kcal | Carbohydrates: 10.4g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 0.6g | Saturated Fat: 0.3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 210.7mg | Potassium: 627.9mg | Fiber: 4.2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin C: 101.2mg | Calcium: 48.1mg | Iron: 0.9mg

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