Instant Pot asparagus is perfectly cooked and ready in less than 5 minutes! Once you try making steamed asparagus in your Instant Pot, you’ll never make it any other way!
Before I got my Instant Pot, I used to always cook asparagus in the microwave. Now that I have my Instant Pot, I actually prefer to cook asparagus in it – the asparagus cooks evenly in it and turns out so perfectly cooked and juicy! And it’s super easy, especially compared to traditional stove-top steamed asparagus! No need to mess around with a pot of boiling water and an awkward steamer basket!
Cooking asparagus in the Instant Pot is extremely easy. Just put 1/2 cup of boiling water and any quantity of trimmed asparagus to the Instant Pot, close the lid, turn the valve to a Sealing position, press the “Pressure Cook” or “Manual” button and set the time to ZERO minutes on High pressure. When the Instant Pot beeps that it’s done cooking, quick release (QR) the steam. Perfectly steamed asparagus is ready! Take the asparagus out of the pot, sprinkle with salt and pepper or other seasoning (garlic powder works great) and enjoy!
If you are a long-time reader of my website, you know I use the “zero minutes” technique for all quick-cooking vegetables in the Instant Pot, such as Instant Pot broccoli, cauliflower and green beans. Basically, the asparagus cooks while the Instant Pot is coming to pressure, and once it comes to full pressure, the cooking should be stopped immediately (therefore zero minutes active pressure cooking time) so the asparagus doesn’t become overcooked.
If your Instant Pot comes with a trivet, you can put your asparagus on it or you can just dump it in the water like I do. To me the trivet is just one extra thing to wash, so I’m known for dumping things directly in the Instant Pot :) No matter which way you put your asparagus in the pot, Instant Pot asparagus turns out absolutely perfect!
If you like this Instant Pot steamed asparagus, you will also love these other easy recipes:
Bacon Wrapped Asparagus – the asparagus and bacon combo is amazing! This is a perfect elegant low-cab appetizer!
Instant Pot Corn On The Cob – makes a pot of perfectly cooked juicy corn on the cob in minutes!
Instant Pot Roasted Sweet Potatoes – so much faster than roasting them in the oven and so yummy!
Instant Pot Chili – just dump simple ingredients in your Instant Pot, press the button and come back to a delicious hot chili!
Instant Pot Salsa Chicken – this recipe is using just 2 ingredients and is so versatile! Great as a taco filling too!
Instant Pot Baked Apples – this is going to be your favorite healthy dessert! Stuffed with cinnamon and raisins, so mouthwatering!
- 1 lb asparagus, ends trimmed
- ½ cup water
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Put asparagus and water in the Instant Pot (you can use the trivet for asparagus or put it directly in the water).
- Close the lid and turn the valve to a Sealing position.
- Press the "Pressure Cook" or "Manual" button and set the time to ZERO on High pressure (the asparagus will cook the right amount while the Instant Pot is coming to pressure).
- When the Instant Pot beeps that it's done cooking, quick release (QR) the steam.
- Remove the asparagus from the Instant Pot, sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste and serve.