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"Dragonball Durag" Instant Pot Coconut Brussel Sprouts

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Quick and flavorful recipes for instant pot Brussel sprouts. Sprouts are braised in a coconut-based sauce for a great vegan side dish that’s as good as sprouts cooked with bacon or in butter.

Five ingredients less than 30 minutes.

braised brussel sprouts with onions on white plate

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Instant Pot Brussel Sprouts Ingredients

instant pot brussel sprouts ingredients

How To Make Instant Pot Brussel Sprouts (Step by Step)

This recipe is cheating! It’s less than five ingredients in an instant pot. Despite such few ingredients, the flavor is big thanks to the combo of coconut milk and balsamic vinegar. The acidity cuts through the coconut milk fat while the cooking process also concentrates its flavor.

Step 1: Caramelize the onions

onions sauteing in pot

Set the instant pot to saute setting and cook for 2-3 minutes. Season the onions after about a minute of cooking.

Step 2: Braise the Brussel sprouts

brussel sprouts braising in coconut milk

Add the sprouts and saute 2-3 minutes. Allow them to brown for caramelization. Add balsamic vinegar to the pot and cook for about 30 seconds to help reduce and concentrate the flavor. Mix in the coconut milk and stir well. Turn off the saute setting, add lid and pressure cook 2 minutes. Use quick release.

Step 3: Serve

braised brussel sprouts with onions on white plate

Serving Suggestions

We eat these as part of a nightly vegan menu that’s served family-style along with dishes like:

Cauliflower Curry

Sauteed Collard Greens

Smoked Cabbage Wedges

Black Rice Salad

Charred Asparagus with Harissa

Instant Pot Brussel Sprouts Expert Cooking Tips

  • Halve the sprouts to give them more surface area for cooking
  • Use the best balsamic vinegar you can afford. Aged vinegar adds more complexity of flavor
  • Saute the Brussel sprouts to get a nice caramelization

Instant Pot Brussel Sprouts Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can this recipe be made on the stove-top?

Yes this recipe is easily convertible. You can braise in a cast-iron skillet following a similar approach to the instant version. The trick is to cook the ingredients initially on high heat to get that caramelization as well as a reduction of the liquids for concentrated flavor. You can then simmer on low to fully cook the sprouts.

braised brussel sprouts in a skillet

For other delicious Instant Pot recipes, try these:

Instant Pot Collard Greens with Smoked Brisket

Instant Pot White Beans w/ Ham

Instant Pot Black-eyed Peas

Instant Pot Brown Stew Chicken

Instant Pot Jerk Chicken Thighs

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braised brussel sprouts with onions on white plate

Instant Pot Coconut Braised Brussel Sprouts

Quick and delicious braised Brussel sprouts recipe
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Modern Soul Food
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 335kcal
Author: Marwin Brown


  • instant pot


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ medium Red onion sliced
  • ½ tablespoon Kosher Salt
  • ½ tablespoon Black Pepper
  • 4 cups Brussels Sprouts halved
  • ¼ cup Balsamic vinegar
  • 15 oz can Coconut milk


  • Turn the Instant Pot on “Saute” settings and add olive oil once the pan is hot. Add red onions and sauté 2-3 minutes. Season with half the spices.
  • Add the sprouts and cook another 2-3 minutes to brown the sprout halves.
  • Add the balsamic vinegar cooking 1-2 minutes. Stir the sprouts as needed.
  • Turn off the “saute” settings. Add the coconut milk plus remaining spices. Mix well.
  • Close the instant pot with lid. Pressure cook on high for 2 minutes then quick release and serve.


Halve the sprouts to give them more surface area for cooking
Use the best balsamic vinegar you can afford. Aged vinegar adds more complexity of flavor
Saute the Brussel sprouts to get a nice caramelization


Calories: 335kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 23g | Sodium: 914mg | Potassium: 670mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 664IU | Vitamin C: 79mg | Calcium: 65mg | Iron: 3mg
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Recipe Rating

Veronika Sykorova

Sunday 1st of November 2020

I love brussels sprouts, I fell like if people actually gave this vegetable a chance and cooked it a bit differently, they'd like it!


Sunday 1st of November 2020

I love the deep color on those brussel sprouts. I must admit I love to use my IP every possible way but never tried cooking brussel sprouts. I'm doing this soon as I get my hands on some fresh brussel sprouts. Looks delicious!


Sunday 1st of November 2020

Very original recipe, love the combination of flavors. Have never had brussel sprouts that way and am really intrigued to try. Thank you so much!


Sunday 1st of November 2020

We love brussels sprouts in our family but lately they seem to come out chewy in the middle. I am so excited to try this prep method!

Heidy Linn

Saturday 31st of October 2020

This was an awesome recipe for Brussel sprouts, and I will be making these again soon!!! I loved how easy they were to make but so flavorful tasting!! Great instructions. They turned out perfect.