Steamed Cauliflower In The Instant Pot

Instant Pot Steamed Cauliflower Recipe

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Instant Pot makes perfectly cooked steamed cauliflower – tender and crisp at the same time!

Instant Pot Cauliflower

Instant Pot is great for steaming vegetables, and cauliflower is no exception! It’s super quick and easy to cook cauliflower in the Instant Pot and the results are delicious!

Steamed Cauliflower In The Instant Pot

The cooking process for Instant Pot steamed cauliflower is the same as for Instant Pot broccoli and Instant Pot green beans. Cauliflower is cooked on “Pressure Cook” or “Manual” mode at zero minutes cooking time. By the time Instant Pot reaches pressure, the cauliflower is just right – fully cooked but still crisp and not mushy!

Instant Pot Cauliflower Recipe

When the cooking time is set to zero, Instant Pot beeps as soon as it reaches full pressure (with water and cauliflower inside). At this point, the cauliflower is completely cooked! Quick release the steam from the Instant Pot right away and drain the steamed cauliflower, then rinse the cauliflower with cold water to prevent it from getting softer.

How to cook cauliflower in the Instant Pot

Cauliflower is so good for you, and now you know another easy way of cooking it!  Check out my growing cauliflower recipes collection for more yummy things to make with this healthy vegetable!

Healthy Cauliflower Recipe In Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

Cooking cauliflower in the Instant Pot is so much easier than steaming it on the stove over a pot of boiling water! Instant Pot is a truly life-changing appliance, I love it!

Instant Pot Pressure Cooker Cauliflower

If you like your cauliflower even more crisp, one trick you can use is add a hot water to the Instant Pot instead of cold water.  With hot water, Instant Pot comes to pressure even quicker which reduces the cooking time even further :)  For me though, this cauliflower is simply perfect the way it is, cooked with 1/2 cup cold water at zero minutes on High pressure.

Instapot Cauliflower

If you like this Instant Pot cauliflower, you will also love these easy yummy recipes:

Instant Pot Corn On The Cob – it’s so easy to make and so juicy!  Instant Pot makes absolutely perfect corn!

Cauliflower Fried Rice – fried rice without carbs! This healthy cauliflower fried rice is amazing!

Instant Pot Meatloaf – this is the quickest and easiest way to cook meatloaf, you’ll love it!

Buffalo Cauliflower – so spicy and yummy! Perfect healthy alternative to Buffalo wings!

Instant Pot Honey Mustard Chicken – so quick and easy, this is going to make it on your permanent weeknight dinner rotation!

Instant Pot Steamed Cauliflower
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Instant Pot cauliflower is perfectly cooked and crisp! Once you try cooking cauliflower in your Instant Pot, you'll never make it any other way!
Recipe type: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Serves: 4 servings
  • 1 head cauliflower, cut into florets
  • ½ cup water
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Put water and cauliflower in the Instant Pot.
  2. Close the lid and turn the valve to Sealing position.
  3. Press the "Pressure Cook" or "Manual" button and set the time to zero.
  4. Instant Pot will start building the pressure and when it comes to full pressure the timer will beep (as the cooking time is set to zero).
  5. Quick release (QR) the steam immediately, drain the cauliflower in the colander and rinse it under cold running water to stop the cooking process.
  6. Season steamed cauliflower with salt and pepper to taste.


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