Cooking asparagus in your Instant Pot is such a quick and easy way to enjoy the green veggie. This is a great side dish for any meal, whether on a weekday or holiday. Cooks perfectly every single time and is complemented perfectly with sauteed garlic.
My parents instilled such a love for veggies in me at a young age. Or maybe I just plain loved veggies, I’m not sure which. Either way, I loved them then and still love them today. Bring on all the green yumminess! Asparagus, Brussels sprouts, green beans, broccoli.. I could eat them at every meal like they were candy.
Usually when we prepare asparagus we throw them into a skillet with a little olive oil, but sometimes that space on the stove top is needed for other things. This is where the Instant Pot swoops in to save the day! I love being able to situate my pressure cooker out of the way (sometimes not even in the kitchen) so I have space to do other things.
Instant Pot Asparagus cooks PERFECTLY. It’s tender but not too tender. It is flavored perfectly and it is of course the perfect side to accompany any meal on the planet.
WATCH THIS QUICK VIDEO TO SEE HOW TO MAKE ASPARAGUS IN YOUR INSTANT POT!
HOW TO MAKE INSTANT POT ASPARAGUS
Set Instant Pot to saute. Add the butter and garlic. Cook for 2-3 minutes, or until soft and fragrant. Add the salt, pepper and asparagus and give the mixture a stir. Pour 1 cup of water over the top.
Place the cover on the pot and set valve to sealing position. Set timer to 0 minutes on low pressure setting (pressure cook setting). It will take the pressure cooker around 5 minutes to build up pressure before it begins cooking.
When cooking is done, do a quick release and allow the float valve to drop.
Transfer the asparagus to a serving dish and serve immediately!
Avoid using high pressure for this recipe or for any veggie that isn’t super sturdy. Using low pressure will prevent super-sogginess.
Feel free to use a steamer rack or steamer basket to put the asparagus in for cooking. When cook time is done, be sure to pour the garlic sauce over the top.
Add seasonings of choice to the garlic mixture when sauteing.
Butter and olive oil can be used interchangeably in this recipe.
Replace the water with chicken broth for an even more flavorful side dish.
HOW TO SEASON ASPARAGUS
Butter or oil, salt and pepper is a great place to start when seasoning steamed asparagus! To take them to the next level, consider cooking them with fresh minced garlic or garlic powder, as well. Cooking them with bacon makes a delicious combo!
CAN DOGS EAT ASPARAGUS
It is not toxic to dogs and safe for them to eat. When consumed raw, it may cause gas or stomach upset if too much is consumed.
HOW MANY CALORIES IN ASPARAGUS
One medium spear contains approximately 3 calories.
HOW MANY CARBS IN ASPARAGUS
One medium spear contains approximately 0.6 grams of carbohydrates.
BEST RECIPES TO MAKE IN AN INSTANT POT
The list of recipes you can make in an Instant Pot is endless! It can act as a slow cooker, saute pan, steamer, rice maker, yogurt maker and pressure cooker. It can cook soup, chili, pasta, meat, potatoes, veggies, cake, beans and so much more. Here are a few of my favorite Instant Pot recipes:
DELICIOUS THANKSGIVING SIDE DISHES
This is the BEST Homemade Cranberry Sauce! It is super easy to make and way surpasses the canned version in flavor. Be sure to use whole berries to your sauce to make this a delicious side dish for your Thanksgiving or holiday table!
Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes are creamy, smooth, delicious and easy to prepare. No boiling or saucepan/stovetop cleaning required with this side dish. The Instant Pot gets this easy mashed potato recipe done in 30 minutes!
This Classic Sweet Potato Casserole is great on your Thanksgiving table and also a perfect side dish that can be enjoyed any time of the year. It is filled with a delicious sweet potato mixture and topped with crunchy pecans and marshmallows.
This is the Best Green Bean Casserole for your table! It is a traditional holiday staple, yes, but also great any time of the year as a delicious side dish.
This delicious Crockpot Stuffing with Leeks and Sausage is made easier in a slow cooker! The addition of leeks and sausage makes it unique and delicious. Don’t limit this to Thanksgiving fare. It is a great side dish to any meal, any time of the year.
Tater Tot Hotdish is the perfect comfort food. Whether it’s the main dish or a side, everyone at the table will be satisfied. This Midwestern staple is easy to make and fills everyone up. Great for your Thanksgiving table or any time of the year!
Instant Pot Asparagus with Garlic
- 2 tablespoons salted butter
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1 bunch asparagus ends trimmed
- 1 cup water
- juice from 1 lemon
- Set Instant Pot to saute. Add the butter and garlic. Cook for 2-3 minutes, or until soft and fragrant. Add the salt, pepper and asparagus and give the mixture a stir. Pour the water over the top.
- Place the cover on the pot and set timer to 0 minutes on low pressure (pressure cook setting). It will take the IP around 5 minutes to build up pressure before it begins cooking.
- When cooking is done, do a quick release and allow the float valve to drop.
- Transfer the asparagus to a serving dish, squeeze fresh lemon juice over the top and serve immediately!
- Avoid using high pressure for this recipe or for any veggie that isn’t super sturdy. Using low pressure will prevent super-sogginess.
- Feel free to use a steamer rack or steamer basket to put the asparagus in for cooking. When cook time is done, be sure to pour the garlic sauce over the top.
- Add seasonings of choice to the garlic mixture when sauteing.
- Butter and olive oil can be used interchangeably in this recipe.
- Replace the water with chicken broth for an even more flavorful side dish.