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Instant Pot Asparagus {Vegan, Whole30, Paleo, GF, DF}

Save time and money by making Instant Pot Asparagus for a quick and healthy side dish. It’s so easy to whip up this perfect pressure cooker asparagus in a flash. No pressure cooker? You’ll also find non-Instant Pot cooking methods.

a plate of asparagus with a fork and a lemon wedge

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Perfectly cooked asparagus is a thing of beauty. And thanks to the Instant Pot, you can have it ready and on the table in minutes. And if you don’t have a pressure cooker, you’ll find both oven and air frying instructions in the post! Asparagus for everyone!

If you are new to pressure cooking and the Instant Pot, check out this post on recipes for Instant Pot beginners.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO STEAM Asparagus IN THE INSTANT POT?

It only takes 8 minutes total to cook asparagus in the Instant Pot. And that is including the time to get up to pressure and depressurize. 

How Do You Steam Asparagus In An Instant Pot?

When you cook pressure cook asparagus you’re setting the Instant Pot to cook for 0 minutes. Yes, 0 minutes! In the time it takes to come up to pressure and depressurize, your asparagus is perfectly cooked. Magic!

2 photos showing how to cook asparagus in an instant pot

Pro Tips/Recipe Notes

  • If you add additional asparagus, the cooking time will remain the same. Word of caution: increasing the amount will require a longer time to come up to pressure which will likely result in over-cooked asparagus.
  • Optional: place steamed asparagus on a sheet pan under the broiler on high for 1-3 minutes to add some delicious char.
  • I do not recommend cooking the asparagus directly in the water. It gets mushy and you have the potential for a burn notice due to using so little water. I used the trivet that came with my pressure cooker.
  • I do not recommend using frozen asparagus in the Instant Pot. If that is all you have to work with, try the “steam” setting if your pressure cooker has it, or low pressure. Set it for 0 minutes and use very hot water in the insert to allow it to come to pressure faster. Instead of steaming it, I would recommend making Air Fryer Asparagus as it can help the frozen veggies crisp up really well.
  • To make the process even faster, use frozen minced garlic to season.

MORE DELICIOUS SIDE DISHES YOU’LL LOVE

a close up of asparagus tips

WEIGHT WATCHERS POINTS

One serving of pressure asparagus has 0 WW Freestyle SmartPoints (assuming you do not use the optional butter).

Instant Pot Asparagus

Prep Time2 mins
Cook Time0 mins
Pressurizing/Depressurizing6 mins
Total Time8 mins
Perfect Instant Pot Asparagus for a quick and healthy side dish.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb asparagus {woody ends trimmed}
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced {optional}
  • 2 tbsp butter, cut into pieces or olive oil {optional}

Instructions

  • Pour 1 cup of water in the Instant Pot insert. Place a steamer basket or trivet in the insert.
  • Remove the woody ends from the stalks. 
  • Place asparagus on the trivet. (If using minced garlic and butter, place on top of asparagus now).
  • Lock the lid into place and set the steam release handle to “Sealing”. Press Manual>High Pressure>0 minutes.
  • When it has finished cooking, carefully flip the steam release handle to “venting” and allow pressure to be released.
  • Remove the lid and season to taste.

Notes

Aim for cutting the spears to uniform size if possible. It will allow for more consistent cooking. 
Thick asparagus will need to be cooked for 1 minute at high pressure. Thin spears for 0 minutes at low pressure.
Oven-baking:
  • Place your oven rack in the lowest setting and preheat your oven to 450 degrees.
  • Lightly mist the sheet pan with olive oil.
  • Place your asparagus on the pan, mist with olive oil
  • Roast for 6 minutes, flip, and cook for another 4-7 minutes.
Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Asparagus
Amount Per Serving (4 oz)
Calories 25 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 5mg0%
Potassium 229mg7%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 857IU17%
Vitamin C 7mg8%
Calcium 30mg3%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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