Instant Pot Zucchini

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As summer approaches, zucchini becomes a go-to vegetable in my kitchen. This recipe for Instant Pot Zucchini is a new take on one of my favorite vegetables – I know you’ll love it, too!

Instant Pot Zucchini Recipe

Are you a home gardener? Maybe you just love good zucchini. Whatever brought you to this recipe, Instant Pot Zucchini comes out perfectly every single time. It is perfect for everyone! Gluten-free, keto-friendly, low in carbs, vegan, and vegetarian, this recipe is truly perfect for everyone! Even better, it is so easy to make and done in minutes with the use of your Instant Pot!

zucchini in the Instant Pot

Zucchini is one of my favorite dinner-time veggies. It is so versatile and so inexpensive. If you are a home gardener, you might have more on hand than you know what to do with! This Instant Pot Zucchini is a great way to enjoy this tasty vegetable without spending hours in the kitchen.

Instant Pot spicy garlic zucchini

Let’s be honest, the Instant Pot is a gamer changer so you know this recipe is going to be as tasty as it is easy to make! Great flavor and quick to make, I am sold!

spicy garlic zucchini cooked in the Instant Pot

This side dish is great hot or cold and is a sure hit for any gathering. It is convenient and you probably have the ingredients on-hand. It you ask me, that is a major win for this Instant Pot Zucchini recipe. All you have to do is put your zucchini and water in the Instant Pot. Close the lid and turn to a sealed position. Press the “Manual” or “Pressure Cook” button and set the time to two minutes on High pressure.

Raw zucchini in the Instant Pot

After your zucchini is done cooking, quick release the steam and drain the zucchini. Add olive oil and minced garlic to the Instant Pot and press the saute button. When the garlic starts sizzling (my mouth is seriously watering) add the drain zucchini, tomato sauce, salt, red pepper flakes, and Italian seasoning. Mix your ingredients until they are combined. Add salt to taste if it is needed. Cook for two minutes and your Instant Pot zucchini is ready to be served!

Instant Pot Spicy Garlic Zucchini

This quick and delicious recipe is one that is full of flavor, healthy, and satisfying. I love the fresh zucchini and zesty tomato sauce together. It is a perfect flavor combination! Whether you have a specific dietary need or just want a tasty side dish, you will love this Instant Pot Zucchini!

Instant Pot zucchini recipe

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

  • Instant Pot Eggplant – this spicy garlic eggplant is amazing! Very similar recipe to this zucchini, but uses eggplant instead!
  • Instant Pot Artichokes – what’s the best way to cook artichokes? Instant Pot, of course! Dip’em in butter and devour!
  • Instant Pot Tomato Sauce – got a bumper crop of cherry tomatoes? Instant Pot will turn them into this out-of-this-world freshest yummiest sauce for your pasta dishes!

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Instant Pot Zucchini

This Instant Pot spicy garlic zucchini is amazing! So easy to make, healthy and delicious!
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time5 minutes
Total Time10 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: zucchini
Cooking Method: Instant Pot
Diet: Gluten-Free, Keto / Low-Carb, Paleo, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 4
Calories: 64kcal



  • Put zucchini and water in the Instant Pot.  Close the lid and turn the valve to a Sealing position.  Press the "Pressure Cook" or "Manual" button and set the time to 2 minutes on High pressure.
  • When it's done cooking, quick release (QR) the steam.  Drain zucchini in a colander. 
  • Add olive oil and minced garlic to the Instant Pot and press the Saute button.  When the garlic starts sizzling (in about 1 minute), add drained zucchini, tomato sauce, salt, red pepper flakes and Italian seasoning, and mix until combined. Add salt to taste if needed. Cook for 2 minutes, then remove to a serving dish.


This zucchini can be served hot or cold.
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Calories: 64kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 2g | Sodium: 474mg | Potassium: 612mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 600IU | Vitamin C: 37.7mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 1.1mg
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  1. This looks good! I’m new to the Instant Pot, but looking for fast easy ideas. If I need to double or triple the recipe size for a party, will the Instant Pot still work (size/volume-wise) and will cook time increase?

    Thanks for your help!

  2. 5 stars
    Love this recipe. Low, low calories and has a nice kick. Made it many times and folks love it. Thanks.

  3. 5 stars
    Love this Instapot adaptation of one of my favorites. Just mind the zucchini. Maybe the ones I’m getting from my garden are gigantic- but I use two max and even then I eye another 25-50% of the other ingredients.

    All in all THANK YOU!!!

  4. 5 stars
    From Byron I made this for the first time today it will not be my last I’m diabetic only veg meat fish and chicken no tomatoe sauce n house today my wife said use our Ragusauce I did wow i can’t wait till my okra bushes produce them and this recipe are going to be out of sight thank you from Byron may God bless you i am 81 years old think of all the meals of zucchini i,ve missed

  5. 5 stars
    Was skeptical at first, but needed to use up ten small zucchini, and about a cup of passata, both discounted and about to expire. The aroma as it cooked was amazing, and it was delicious. This is definitely a keeper recipe.

5 from 4 votes

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