Instant Pot Zucchini

Using your Instant Pot to steam zucchini is not only super-fast but it’s also super healthy and the easiest thing ever! All you need is zucchini and water!

Steamed zucchini slices topped with kosher salt and black pepper in white bowl

Does This Recipe Work with Other Veggies?

Yes! This basic Instant Pot Zucchini recipe will work with just about any vegetable you want to steam. Zucchini slices cook relatively quickly, so if you are steaming larger pieces of other vegetables, you may need to add a couple minutes of cook time, depending on what you’re steaming.

I like to do a combination of zucchini and yellow summer squash. They take exactly the same time to cook, so they work perfectly together.

They are also in season at the same time, in the summer. So take a trip to your local farmer’s market and load up on zucchini and summer squash while they’re in season!

Health Benefits of Zucchini

Instant Pot Zucchini is low in calories yet rich in nutrients and antioxidants. It contains high amounts of Vitamin C and beta-carotene which both contribute to eye strength and can reduce risk of eye disease.

It also has a high water content, which is good for hydration and digestion. This also means it has a low calorie density.

Additionally, studies show that eating zucchini as part of a healthy diet may help reduce blood pressure, stabilize blood sugar, and contribute to overall heart health.

Can I Cut the Zucchini in Quarters?

Yes, I like the way the slices look, but you can also cut the zucchini into quarters or even dice it into cubes.

Do I Need to Peel the Zucchini?

Nope! You can, but the skin of zucchini is typically quite thin and pleasant to eat. Plus, it’s where a lot of the nutrients are!

Same thing with summer squash—the skin is very thin so you do not need to peel it.

How Should I Serve it?

You can serve this zucchini as a side dish by itself or serve it over rice, quinoa or pasta.

This recipe is great for meal prep since it’s so flexible. You can make a large batch and add this steamed zucchini to bowls and salads throughout the week. It should last for at least 2-3 days in the fridge.

Need more ideas? Check out What To Serve With Zucchini for 15 delicious side dishes.

Do I Need a Steamer Insert?

Yes, in order to have your pressure cooker function as a steamer, you’ll need some kind of steamer insert that fits inside your Instant Pot.

In order to make the zucchini, you can use one of these accessories:
1. Stainless steel steamer basket
2. Silicone Steamer Basket
3. Any other steamer basket that fits your Instant Pot model.


This recipe is super simple. I love zucchini, so I think seasoning with just salt and pepper makes it taste fabulous!

However, this recipe is super flexible. Try these variations on this simple steamed zucchini recipe to mix it up every now and then:

Asian style

Make a light sauce by combining soy sauce, honey, rice vinegar, and sesame seeds.

Garlic parm

Toss the steamed zucchini in a small amount of olive oil and minced garlic, and top with grated Parmesan cheese.

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zucchini in a bowl

Instant Pot Zucchini

A foolproof and fastest way to cook zucchini for accompanying your meat entrées…
4.64 from 63 votes
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: international
Prep Time: 1 minute
Cook Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 2 minutes
Servings: 2
Author: Corrie


  • 2 zucchini slices
  • 1 cup water
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Pour 1 cup of water into the Instant Pot.
  • Place the zucchini slices in a steamer basket and place the basket inside the Instant Pot.
  • Close the lid and cook on high pressure for 1 minute.
  • When cooking time ends, do a quick pressure release.
  • Open the lid, sprinkle with salt and pepper and serve 🙂


Calories: 33kcal Carbohydrates: 6g Protein: 2g Fat: 1g Saturated Fat: 1g Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g Monounsaturated Fat: 1g Sodium: 22mg Potassium: 512mg Fiber: 2g Sugar: 5g Vitamin A: 392IU Vitamin C: 35mg Calcium: 35mg Iron: 1mg
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4 thoughts on “Instant Pot Zucchini

  1. 5 stars
    I loved it! Fast and Easy. I cut them a little bigger and used the rack that comes with the instapot added salt and garlic powder, when it was done added Olive oil. We enjoyed very much . It was delicious. Thank you!

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