Instant Pot Asparagus

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This instant pot asparagus is cooked to tender perfection and loaded with the flavors of parmesan cheese and garlic. It’s an asparagus recipe that even the kids will love.

Closeup shot of instant pot asparagus on cutting board

When you’re looking for a side dish that’s delicious and easy, look at this recipe. It comes together in minutes and it’s absolutely loaded with flavor.

Instant Pot Asparagus

I love asparagus, but unfortunately, I was never able to get my kids to eat it. I figured if I could add some other flavors that they liked, I might be able to entice them to eat it. And I did! They love this asparagus with its garlic and parmesan cheese flavors.

Overhead shot of instant pot asparagus on cutting board

Ingredients

It only takes a few simple ingredients to make this easy, delicious recipe.

  • asparagus
  • water
  • butter
  • garlic
  • salt
  • pepper
  • Parmesan cheese
Overhead shot of individual ingredients on table

Instructions

A little prep and a few minutes in the air fryer are all it takes to make this recipe.

Step 1: Trim the bottoms of asparagus off to be sure it fits in the instant pot.

Closeup shot of pile of trimmed asparagus

Step 2: Put water, butter, garlic, salt, and pepper. Stir.

Overhead shot of butter, garlic, salt, peppe, and water in instant pot

Step 3: Turn the instant pot to SAUTE. Heat until butter is melted.

Step 4: Add asparagus in a criss-cross pattern.

Overhead shot of asparagus with butter and garlic mixture in instant pot

Step 5: Place lid on the pot.

Step 6: PRESSURE on HIGH for 1 minute.

Step 7: Quick release pressure.

Step 8: Remove asparagus from the pot.

Closeup shot of tongs holding asparagus

Step 9: Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and serve. 

Closeup shot of instant pot asparagus on cutting board

Equipment

It doesn’t take much to make this recipe. You only need a few simple kitchen items.

  • Measuring cup and spoons
  • Bowl
  • Tongs
  • Air fryer

Substitutions

Olive Oil: Olive oil works in place of butter.

Garlic Powder: If you don’t have minced garlic, you can use garlic powder.

Closeup shot of instant pot asparagus on cutting baord

Options

Looking for ways to change up this instant pot asparagus? Here are some suggestions.

Spicy: Add red pepper flakes for a spicy kick.

Broccoli: Try this garlic and parmesan mixture with broccoli.

Tips:

  • You only need to trim the very ends off of the asparagus. Don’t waste any.
  • Be sure you quick release the pressure so the asparagus doesn’t overcook.
  • To preserve your asparagus spears, toss them in the mixture rather than mixing them.
Closeup shot of instant pot asparagus on cutting board.

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FAQ

How long does cooked asparagus last?

It will last for up to 5 days in the refrigerator. You can’t freeze asparagus because of its high water content.

Why is my asparagus mushy?

If you didn’t quick release the pressure, your asparagus will overcook and get mushy.

Is this recipe healthy?

It’s fairly healthy, although it does use butter. You can make it super healthy by using olive oil instead.

Closeup shot of instant pot asparagus on cutting board

Instant Pot Asparagus

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Yield: 4 servings

Instant Pot Asparagus

Instant Pot Asparagus

This instant pot asparagus is perfectly tender and loaded with delicious flavors. It's the perfect side dish for almost any recipe.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Additional Time 5 minutes
Total Time 11 minutes

Ingredients

  • 16 oz fresh asparagus

  • 1/2 cup water

  • 4 tbsp butter

  • 2 tbsp minced garlic

  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • 1/4 tsp pepper

  • 2 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese, optional

Instructions

  1. Trim bottoms of asparagus off to be sure it fits in the instant pot.
  2. Put water, butter, garlic, salt, and pepper. Stir.
  3. Turn instant pot to SAUTE. Heat until butter is melted.
  4. Add asparagus in a criss-cross pattern.
  5. Place lid on pot.
  6. PRESSURE on HIGH for 1 minute.
  7. Quick release pressure.
  8. Remove asparagus from the pot.
  9. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and serve. 

Nutrition Information

Yield

4

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 144Total Fat 13gSaturated Fat 8gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 4gCholesterol 33mgSodium 445mgCarbohydrates 7gFiber 2gSugar 2gProtein 4g

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