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
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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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Instant Pot Steamed Asparagus
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 1 minute
- Total Time: 6 minutes
- 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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Just tried this and it turned out perfect! Heated all the way through but still a little crunchy. I had about 20 large stalks and kept the timing at 0. I did add about 1 teaspoon of lemon pepper seasoning. Yum!
Glad you liked it!
Purchased 3 lbs of small (thin) asparagus. I will try it with the trivet first because I do not have a steamer basket. Let’s hope for the best.
I had a 2.25 pound bag of frozen asparagus. I consulted several suggestions. I went with the LOW pressure for 2 minutes. Next time…even with the 28-35 pieces that were frozen…I will set my pot for 0 minutes. We ate it all, but 0 minutes I think will be better.
This worked for me. I had about 20 some small -medium size spears of asparagus. I put 1 cup of water in the inner pot, put the asparagus in a steamer basket, set it for low pressure on 0 minutes. As soon as the preheating was done and the pot beeped, I did a quick release, and took them out right away. I even rinsed with cold water to stop the cooking. They did not come out mushy at all. Perfect! The key is the low pressure. Thanks!!
Not sure what happened with the other people who said their’s didn’t turn out. Mine was perfect and I followed the directions exactly. Quick, easy, tasty! That’s what I’m talking about! Thanks for a great recipe.
Turned out good for me, not mushy at all, if anything, will try 1 minute instead of 0 minutes next time as the asparagus was on the crispy/raw side. Took about 5 minutes for the InstaPot to heat up. The key is that you have to manually set the InstaPot on LOW PRESSURE, not the default High Pressure. It’s obvious by the comments on here that people are not manually setting Low Pressure.
Worked forme, white asparagut, 1 min., perfekt. I cooked the potatoes before in the Instantpot 7, so water and pot were already hot.
Should have read reviews, did not work, recipe should either be corrected or removed.
Steve H. says
I had the same result as the Gwen … very overcooked asparagus! I followed the directions as stated and quickly released the pressure when the one minutes was up. I used the steam button too.
I’m going to try again with the lower pressure setting and see what happens. My asparagus was medium size.
I think part of the problem is the amount of time it takes for the instant pot to fully heat up. You say 5 minutes for yours and I’m thinking mine is closer to 8 minutes. That’s another 3 minutes in the hot environment.
Oh what a bummer. I’m sorry. I wonder if choosing a 0 minute pressure cook time would work better along with warming up the water in the pot before adding in the asparagus?
So sad. I just ruined an entire pound of asparagus. 1 minute left them limp and mushy 🙁 I’m glad it worked for you but it definitely didn’t work for me. Back to the drawing board.