You are going to love this easy Instant Pot Asparagus. This recipe takes almost no effort at all and is a great side dish to any dinner!
Instant Pot Asparagus
If you are anything like me, you LOVE your Instant Pot and you also love super simple side dishes that can be cooked up really quickly without much fuss. A veggie like brussel sprouts or a simple salad is usually what we have as a side for dinner.
Being able to make asparagus in the Instant Pot is so easy, and I always make sure to buy extra asparagus so I can make asparagus soup with some of my leftovers!
Instant Pot Asparagus Recipe
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: (Including waiting for pressure to build) 10 minutes
Ingredients for Instant Pot Asparagus
1 lb asparagus
Water (1.5 cups for a 6 quart instant pot, 2 cups for an 8 quart Instant Pot)
Optional: lemon slices, coarse salt, lemon pepper
How to Make Asparagus in Instant Pot
The first thing you want to do is prepare your asparagus by thoroughly washing it and cutting off thick, woody stalk ends.
Next, place the asparagus on the cooking rack inside the instant pot.
Add the required amount of water and lemon slices, if desired.
Place the cover on the Instant Pot and lock it in place. Make sure the cover valve is in the “seal” position.
Select the Steam option and set the timer for 0 minutes.
When the timer goes off, quickly release the pressure.
Serve with lemons, a sprinkle of coarse salt and lemon pepper.
Tips and Tricks for Instant Pot Asparagus
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What is the rack for in the Instant Pot?
The metal rack inside the instant pot is to keep your food out of the water while it is cooking. If the Instant Pot asparagus was simply set inside the Instant Pot without the rack, it wouldn’t cook evenly and would not have as crisp of a texture as it does when you place them on the rack to cook!
I think the rack that comes with it works perfectly, but I know a lot of people really like having a steamer basket for vegetables in their Instant Pot as well. Really though, either one works great!
What is the advantage of cooking asparagus in pressure cooker?
There are lots of great different methods when it comes to cooking asparagus. The reason we think cooking asparagus in pressure cooker is a great option is that it’s so dang easy! All you have to do is set the asparagus in, set the timer and forget about it until it’s done!
The other great thing about cooking asparagus in pressure cooker is that it takes only 10 minutes from start to finish. While roasting asparagus is a delicious option, it does take more than double the amount of time so when you’re in a hurry, cooking asparagus in pressure cooker is the way to go!
I also love that I can cook this up during the summer without having to turn my oven on and heat my entire house up.
How do you know when asparagus is done cooking?
The great thing about this pressure cooker asparagus is that the amount of time this recipe says to leave it in the Instant Pot is the perfect amount of time. All you have to do is wait for the countdown and your pressure cooker asparagus will be perfectly cooked!
How long is cooked asparagus good for in the fridge?
If you have leftover pressure cooker asparagus, you can definitely save it for later. All you need to do is place the leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It will last 3 to 5 days in the fridge.
How do I reheat asparagus?
If you have leftover pressure cooker asparagus that you want to reheat, simply place the leftover asparagus onto a cookie sheet and place it under the broiler for 2 to 3 minutes, or until it is warmed. You can reheat the asparagus in the microwave but the texture will come out a little bit soggy. By reheating the instant pot asparagus under the broiler, you’ll have a nice crispy outside with a soft inside.
But an even better option for reheating and using up the rest of your asparagus is making creamy asparagus soup!
Why is my asparagus chewy?
I love asparagus but let’s be honest… if it turns out chewy, it just isn’t very enjoyable! There are a couple of tricks to prevent asparagus from turning out chewy. First of all, make sure to only prep and cut the asparagus right before you’re going to cook them.
If you prep them too far in advance, the final product will turn out chewy. If you do need to prep them in advance, place the cut asparagus in a bowl of cold water and keep it in the fridge until you’re ready to cook them. They can keep in a bowl of cold water in the fridge for 24 hours.
Why do you trim asparagus?
It’s always an important step to trim off the ends of your asparagus before cooking. The ends of the asparagus are tough and woody so your Instant Pot asparagus will be so much more enjoyable once those little ends are cut off. The asparagus stalk will actually break right where it starts to get that woody and tough texture so you can either snap the ends off or cut them.
What can I do with the woody ends of asparagus?
I hate seeing food go to waste if I can use it for something else. Sometimes I do end up tossing the ends of the asparagus, but something you can do with those ends that you cut off is save them to make asparagus soup. This is a really great way to cut down on waste and get another meal out of your asparagus!
What goes well with asparagus?
Asparagus is such a good side because it can go with so many different main dishes! Asparagus pairs really well with any meat like steak, chicken or salmon! If you’re going meatless, you can cut the cooked asparagus into 2-inch pieces and add to your favorite creamy pasta dish!
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- 1 lb asparagus
- Water (1.5 cups for a 6 quart instant pot, 2 cups for an 8 quart instant pot)
- Optional: lemon slices, coarse salt, lemon pepper
1. Prepare your asparagus by thoroughly washing and cutting off the thick woody stalk ends.
2. Place asparagus on cooking rack inside the Instant Pot.
3. Add the required amount of water and lemon slices, if desired.
4. Place cover on Instant Pot and lock it in place. Put the cover valve in the “seal” position.
5. Select the Steam option and set timer for 0 minutes.
6. Quick-release pressure when timer goes off.
7. Serve with lemons, a sprinkle of coarse salt and lemon pepper.
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Michele is a Family Life Educator. She is a mom to 5 kids and loves helping others strengthen their families! When she is not blogging she is spending time with her family and running around drinking Diet Coke trying to get everything done!