Learn how to cook perfectly crisp and tender asparagus in the Instant Pot every time with this easy and fail-proof recipe!
Asparagus is a perfect spring-time veggie. And while it's easy to cook on the stovetop, there are times when it’s just more convenient to use the Instant Pot. It’s easy, quick, hands-off, and reliable.
Cook perfectly crisp-tender asparagus in less than 15 minutes with this quick and easy recipe.
Ingredients you'll need
To get started, you'll need the following ingredients:
- Fresh asparagus (I like to use spears with medium thickness when making this recipe). Rinse and dry before triming the ends of each stalk.
- A cup of water
- A few optional ingredients to add flavor, such as lemon juice, fresh herbs, extra-virgin olive oil (or melted butter), sea salt, black pepper
You'll also need the following tools:
- An Instant Pot (I use both the Instant Pot Duo Mini 3-Quart and Instant Pot DUO 6-Quart with great results)
- A steamer basket or trivet
How to cook Instant Pot asparagus
1. Add ingredients to Instant Pot: Pour 1 cup of water into the stainless steel insert before placing the trivet or steamer basket inside. Then, carefully arrange the asparagus onto the steamer basket.
2. Pressure cook: Cook on High Pressure for 0 minutes.
3. Quick-release steam: Once the pressure cooker reaches pressure, immediately quick release the pressure and carefully remove the lid.
Note: Release pressure as soon as your pressure cooker beeps to indicate it's come to pressure. Otherwise, you’ll end up with mushy vegetables.
3. Remove: Using tongs, remove the cooked asparagus.
4. Add dressing and serve: In a separate plate, drizzle with extra-virgin olive oil, lemon juice, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Toss and serve.
Prepared asparagus can be served in endless ways. Here are some of my favorites:
- Side dish: It’s such a versatile side dish and easy to serve with any main dish. Toss with extra-virgin olive oil (or butter), salt, and pepper. Or infused with more flavors, such as garlic, fresh herbs, and lemon juice.
- Add dressing: Drizzle with a lemon vinaigrette, lemon tahini sauce or balsamic vinaigrette.
- With a grain: Serve with rice (jasmine rice, black rice, or brown rice) or another grain (quinoa or wheat berries)
Commonly asked questions
How do I store leftovers? Store in an air-tight container for up to 3 days. Since it doesn't reheat well, I prefer to chop it up and add it to my salads or bowls.
What size Instant Pot did you use? I’ve tested this recipe on both my Duo Mini 3-Quart and DUO 6-Quart with great results. However, you may need to tweak your settings based on preference, the size, model, and brand of your pressure cooker.
More pressure cooker recipes
- How to Cook Perfect Quinoa in the Instant Pot
- Instant Pot Chickpeas
- Indian Chickpea Curry
- Perfectly Hard-Boiled Eggs
- Instant Pot Butternut Squash Soup
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Editor’s note: This recipe was originally published on March 30, 2019. Since then, it’s been freshened up with more helpful details and made even more delicious.
- 1 bunch asparagus
- 1 cup water
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, or melted butter
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
- Rinse and dry before trimming the ends of each stalk.
- Pour 1 cup of water into the stainless steel insert of the Instant Pot before placing the trivet or steamer basket inside. Then, carefully arrange the asparagus onto the steamer basket.
- Cook on High Pressure for 0 minutes.
- Once the pressure cooker reaches pressure, immediately quick release the pressure and carefully remove the lid.
- Using tongs, remove from the Instant Pot.
- In a separate bowl, drizzle cooked asparagus with extra-virgin olive oil, lemon juice, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Toss and serve.