If you like brussel sprouts, the Instant Pot is a quick and easy way to cook them.
If you don’t like brussel sprouts, you may want to give them a try. These little cabbage tasting gems are packed full of health benefits and CAN be quite tasty if prepared the right way. We like to steam them in the Instant Pot and then place them under the broiler for a few minutes. This gives them a little carmely, crunchy flavor. Yum, yum!
Why Brussel Sprouts are good for you
1-Helps Protect Against Cancer with Antioxidants & Phytochemicals
2-Provides Bone Building Vitamin K
3-Contains Immune Boosting Vitamin C
4-Fights Inflammation and Heart Disease
5-Good For Digestive Health
6-Protects Eyes & Skin Health
7-Contains Potassium For Proper Nerve Function
8-Improves Brain Health
9-Contains Folate Which Helps With Healthy Pregnancy
10-Helps Balance Blood Sugar and Fights Diabetes
How to prepare brussel sprouts in the Instant Pot
Did you know brussel sprouts grow on a stem like this? I had no idea until a few years ago. My Dad grew a lot of different vegetables, but he didn’t grow these. I think they are the coolest thing ever.
Once in a while you will see them in the produce section still on the stalks, or at a farmers market. They will be a lot fresher on the stem, but are still good off the stem. Costco sells organic frozen brussel sprouts, which is ideal. No cutting and washing.
Wash and trim the sprouts
Cut off the stem ends and peel off the outer layer. This can be a little tedious, but a good opportunity to slow down and be a little mindful of the task you are doing.
The sprouts can vary in size. If the sprouts are big, say 2 inches, I like to cut them in half. 1 inch sprouts are good to just leave whole. Throw the stems and outer leaves in garbage or compost.
Place in Steam Basket
I love this steam basket. It fits great in the Instant Pot. I use it to steam all my veggies and it works well to cook hard boiled eggs in. It gets used a ton. It is a little pricey, but it is stainless steel and very durable!
Add 1 cup water to the pot.
Place the Instant Pot lid on and set timer
Press the “MANUAL” button and adjust time down to 3 minutes for small sprouts or ones that are cut in half and 4 minutes for whole sprouts. Flip the valve for pressure.
When the beeper sounds, flip valve to “QUICK RELEASE”
Serve like this, or to crisp the edges in the broiler (optional).
Turn the oven onto “BROIL”. Place a sheet of parchment paper onto a cookie sheet. Spread the steamed sprouts onto the pan in a single layer. Drizzle a little olive oil over the top and sprinkle with salt or garlic salt. Place in the oven for a few minutes until cooked to your liking.
You gotta love this! Sprinkle with a little Parmesan cheese (optional) and ENJOY!