Instant Pot Steamed Asparagus–0 minutes of pressure cooking time is all your little asparagus spears need in the pressure cooker. They turn out perfectly steamed–not limp and overcooked and not too crisp.
Instant Pot Steamed Asparagus
When I received my Instant Pot in the mail it came with a little metal trivet that allows you to elevate food from water for steaming. So far I’ve used it for hard boiled eggs and potatoes and today I got a little crazy and used it for asparagus. What’s next? Stay tuned and you’ll see.
Well anyhow, it worked really nicely. I piled the washed asparagus on top of the trivet and put a cup of water in the bottom of the Instant Pot. Then I set the timer to cook for 0 minutes on low pressure. It took 5 minutes for the pot to come to pressure and then once the beeper went off I moved the valve from sealing to venting and opened the pot. What was inside? Well perfectly steamed asparagus of course. I was a little nervous that it would come out totally squishy and overcooked but it was steamed just the perfect amount. I only made about 7 spears for a single serving so I’m not sure how it would turn out if you filled the pressure cooker full of asparagus, say for a big dinner. It may need another minute or so to cook. If you try this let me know how it turns out!
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For this Instant Pot Steamed Asparagus recipe I used this Instant Pot IP-LUX60 V3 Programmable Electric Pressure Cooker. It’s 6 quarts, so the same size as most slow cookers. It cost me around $80 on Amazon.
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- Asparagus spears, washed and trimmed (I made 7)
- 1 cup water
- Place trivet or steamer basket in bottom of Instant Pot. Pour 1 cup water in the bottom of the Instant Pot.
- Place asparagus across the top of the trivet or in steamer basket. If needed, you can cut them in half.
- Place the lid on the Instant Pot and turn the valve to “sealing.” Press the manual pressure cook button to 0 minutes on LOW PRESSURE.
- The pressure will build (mine took 5 minutes) and then the timer will beep. Once the one minute is up turn the valve to “venting.” Open the pot and enjoy your asparagus! I serve mine simply with butter and salt and pepper.
I used my 6 quart Instant Pot for this recipe.
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