Skip to Content

Instant Pot Cauliflower

Ready for the easiest steamed cauliflower ever? This instant pot cauliflower recipe is so easy to make and perfectly steamed every time. No steamer basket needed!

instant pot steamed cauliflower

Steamed cauliflower is a side dish that goes well with pretty much any meal. You can’t go wrong with a classic like that! Even my kids will eat cauliflower when it’s tender and buttery like this!

The instant pot is my new favorite appliance for steaming vegetables. It is so easy to do and cooks in no time while you finish the rest of dinner.

This instant pot cauliflower recipe requires hardly any work and comes out perfect every time! We also used the instant pot whenever we make steamed broccoli.

It’s quickly become one of our favorite pressure cooker recipes along with this instant pot mac and cheeseinstant pot creamy noodlesinstant pot stir fry, and instant pot cabbage.

cutting board with cauliflower being cut with a knife

Ingredients needed to make cauliflower in the instant pot

  • one head of cauliflower: cut into similar sized florets
  • water: for steaming
  • butter
  • salt: to taste
raw cauliflower florets inside an instant pot

How to make instant pot steamed cauliflower

Step 1: Wash and cut a medium/large sized head of cauliflower into similar sized florets. It should be around 4 cups worth.

Step 2: Add one cup of water to the bottom of the instant pot, then place the trivet down over the water.

Step 3: Place the cauliflower florets on top of the trivet. Place the pat of butter in the center of the cauliflower.

cauliflower florets inside an instant pot with a pat of butter on top

Step 4: Place the lid on the instant pot and set to sealing. Set the instant pot to manual pressure for 0 minutes.

The instant pot will take a few minutes to come to pressure before it will start the count down once it finishes.

instant pot steamed cauliflower

Once the timer beeps, do a quick release immediately to avoid overcooking the cauliflower. Wait for the steam to release and the pin to drop all the way, then safely remove the lid.

Remove the trivet using a spoon and salt the cauliflower to taste before serving.

Serve as is or make some of our favorite cheese sauce for vegetables to pour over the top!

spoon taking cauliflower from the pot

This recipe is so easy and results in the perfect buttery steamed cauliflower side dish.

It’s a crowd pleaser and even my kids gobbled it up and asked for more!

I find that salt and butter are plenty of flavor, but of course you can switch the seasonings up to try different flavors!

Are you making this recipe? I want to see! Don’t forget to tag me on instagram @buildyourbite and hashtag #buildyourbite with your recipe creations!

steamed cauliflower in a bowl

Be sure to pin this recipe for later and follow Build Your Bite on Pinterest for all the latest delicious recipes!

fork taking a floret of cauliflower from a bowl

If you have an instant pot, you have to try this steamed vegetable recipe!

Did you make this recipe? Be sure to leave a star rating below!

instant pot steamed cauliflower

Instant Pot Cauliflower

Yield: 4 cups
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

This easy instant pot steamed cauliflower is a quick and yummy side dish!


  • 4 cups cauliflower florets
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 cup water
  • salt, to taste


  1. Add the water to the bottom of the instant pot insert. Place the trivet down, then add the cauliflower florets. Place the butter in the center of the cauliflower
  2. Place the lid on the instant pot and set to sealing
  3. Turn to manual pressure for 0 minutes
  4. Do a quick release after the 0 minute countdown is over
  5. After the pin has dropped, remove the instant pot lid and remove the trivet
  6. Salt the cauliflower to taste and serve immediately
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 54Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 189mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 3gSugar: 3gProtein: 2g

Did you make this recipe?

Be sure to tag me on instagram @buildyourbite and hashtag #buildyourbite with your recipe creations!

Sharing is caring!

Skip to Recipe