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Instant Pot Beets are a simple, hands-free, way to cook beets as a side dish, meal prep ingredient, or your favorite salad. These delicious pressure cooker beets require no pre-peeling or chopping and are effortlessly cooked to perfection!

cooked beets with parsely garnish in ceramic bowl next to Instant Pot

Beets, also called beetroot, are a beautiful and nutritious root vegetable with sweet and savory notes. They make a great side dish by themselves, but are also delicious in my Italian Pasta Salad or Buddha Bowl. Their dark red color and earthy flavors that liven up any meal. Beets are very popular for their anti-inflammatory properties. Check out my Apple Ginger Beet Smoothie for a delicious way to enjoy raw beets.

WHY WE LOVE TO COOK BEETS IN THE INSTANT POT

  • Easy and quick – This Instant Pot beet recipe is incredibly easy to make. You literally put whole beets (no peeling or cutting) into the pot and add water. Poof! They’re done in about 30 minutes!
  • Less mess – Cooking beets in the instant pot makes cooking beets a very clean task. If you’ve made beets before, you know they stain your hands, sink, clothes, and anything else they touch. Cooking beets in the Instant Pot means no prep, so everything stays clean.
  • Diet-friendly – this Instant Pot beet recipe is naturally vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, whole30, and paleo.

PRESSURE COOKER BEETS: 2 INGREDIENTS

Just 2 ingredients in this recipe and you are rocking some delicious, tender beets that you can eat as they are or serve with other recipes.

  • Beets – this recipe will tell you how to cook beets of any size. Use up your garden beets or a bunch that you find at the market. Beets are always available in the grocery store, and also store really well. Whole fresh beets last a really long time in the fridge.
  • Water – We of course need to add water in order for the Instant Pot to function correctly. Water is what will steam up these beets perfectly.

DO YOU PEEL BEETS BEFORE PRESSURE COOKING?

No, it’s not necessary. After beets have cooked in the Instant Pot, rinse them under cold water and gently rub the skins … they’ll slip right off. I honestly don’t love peeling small objects during food prep. Red beets are known to stain everything but cooked beet juice washes right off. It’s just one more reason we take the skin off after they’re pressure cooked.

HOW TO COOK BEETS IN THE INSTANT POT

Visit recipe card below ⬇️ ⬇️ ⬇️️ for printable amounts and instructions

  1. Remove any surface dirt. If beets have tops and stems, you can cut them off, but it’s really not necessary as they’ll fall off once they’re cooked.
  2. Stack beets on a trivet or steamer basket in the Instant Pot. Pour in Water.
  3. Pressure cook (using the guide in the recipe card below) and allow a natural steam release.
  4. Test for doneness, rinse under cool water, and watch the skins fall off.
  5. Allow beets to cool completely and refrigerate either whole or chopped in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

HOW LONG TO PRESSURE COOK DIFFERENT SIZED BEETS

FIRM BEET TEXTURE WITH SOME CRUNCH

  • small beets – 1″ to 2″ diameter – 10 min cook + 10 min NR
  • medium beets – 2″ to 3″ diameter – 15 min pressure co + 10 min NPR
  • large beets – 3″ diameter – 20 min pressure cook + 10 min NPR

SOFT BEET TEXTURE WITH NO CRUNCH

  • small beets – 1″ to 2″ diameter – 15 min cook + 10 min NPR
  • medium beets – 2″ to 3″ diameter – 25 min pressure cook + 10 min NPR
  • large beets – 3″ diameter – 30 min pressure cook + 10 min NPR

NPR = natural pressure release = allow the steam to release naturally

HOW TO KNOW WHEN BEETS ARE DONE

Once the steam has released and the Instant Pot lid is open, insert a paring knife into the center of the beet (fully cooked beets will not require force). Then lift the knife. If the beet effortlessly slips off the knife, the beets are done. If more time is needed, pressure cook the beets another 2-5 minutes and allow NPR.

WHAT TO DO WITH BEET GREENS

If you purchased beets with bright leafy greens attached, you can cut them off before pressure cooking the beets, but consider saving them. Beet greens are super nutritious and very tasty. Just wash and dry them really well. Then, saute in a bit of olive oil with salt and pepper for a simple side or finely chop and add to fresh to salads.

CAN YOU OVERCOOK BEETS?

Beets are very forgiving, but it is possible to overcook them, especially if you prefer beets to have somewhat firm texture. But, if you’re a fan of super soft beets, you probably won’t mind overcooking them. The biggest downside … the longer they cook, the more nutrients they lose.

cooked beets with parsely garnish in ceramic bowl

RECOMMENDED TOOLS

  • measuring cup
  • Instant Pot Pressure Cooker
  • trivet or steam basket
  • airtight food storage container

WHAT TO DO WITH COOKED BEETS

Beets are super versatile once they’re cooked and ready to be added to your favorite recipes.

  • Enjoy Instant Pot beets as a healthy side dish with Broiled Salmon, Baked Chicken Thighs, or Pan Seared Sea Bass.
  • Add to a salad like my Italian Vegan Pasta Salad or my Turmeric Chickpea Buddha Bowl.
  • Slice beets and use as a topping on my veggie sandwich.
  • Make pickled beets.
  • Chill the beets and serve with goat cheese and champagne vinaigrette over a bed of arugula YUMM!

Instant Pot Beets

Instant Pot Beets are a simple, hands-free, way to cook beets as a side dish, meal prep ingredient, or your favorite salad. These delicious pressure cooker beets require no peeling or chopping and are effortlessly cooked to perfection!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Pressure Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 6 cups

INGREDIENTS

  • 6 Beets (any variety) medium sized, about 3 lbs
  • 1 cup Water

TOOLS NEEDED

  • Instant Pot
  • trivet or steam basket
  • measuring cup
  • airtight storage container

RECIPE INSTRUCTIONS

  • Wash BEETS and stack on a trivet or steam basket in the Instant Pot. Pour in WATER.
  • Secure the lid and turn pressure release valve to “Sealing”. Select MANUAL or PRESSURE COOK on HIGH:

    Firm beet texture with some crunch

    small beets – 1″ to 2″ diameter – 10 min cook + 10 min NPR

    medium beets – 2″ to 3″ diameter – 15 min pressure cook + 10 min NPR

    large beets – 3″ diameter – 20 min pressure cook + 10 min NPR

    Softer beet texture with little or no crunch

    small beets – 1″ to 2″ diameter – 15 min cook + 10 min NPR

    medium beets – 2″ to 3″ diameter – 25 min pressure cook + 10 min NPR

    large beets – 3″ diameter – 30 min pressure cook + 10 min NPR

  • When cook cycle completes, let the pot sit undisturbed for a 10-15 minute natural pressure release (NPR) until float valve drops. Turn pressure valve to “venting” to release any remaining steam.
  • Open the lid and insert a sharp knife into the center of the beet. If there is little to no resistance, the beets are adequately cooked. If more time is needed, pressure cook the beets another 2 minutes and allow NPR.
  • Carefully transfer beets out of the pot and rinse under cool water. Gently rub the skins and they’ll fall right off. The water prevents the beets from staining your hands too!
  • To store cooked beets, allow them to cool completely and refrigerate (whole or chopped) in an airtight container up to 5 days.
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Recipe Notes

Do you peel beets before pressure cooking?

No, it’s not necessary. After beets have cooked in the Instant Pot, rinse each one under cold water and gently rub the skins … they’ll slip right off.

How to know when beets are done

Once the steam has released and the Instant Pot lid is open, insert a paring knife into the center of the beet (adequately cooked beets will not require force). Then lift the knife. If the beet effortlessly slips off the knife, the beets are done. If more time is needed, pressure cook the beets another 2-5 minutes and allow NPR.

What to do with cooked beets

Beets are super versatile once cooked and ready to be added to your favorite recipes.

  • Add to a salad like my Italian Vegan Pasta Salad or my Tumeric Chickpea Buddha Bowl.
  • Chop beets finely and use as a condiment on my veggie sandwich.
  • Make pickled beets.
  • Serve instant pot beets as a side dish with Broiled Salmon, Baked Chicken Thighs, or Pan Seared Sea Bass.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cup | Calories: 35kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 66mg | Potassium: 267mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 27IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition data provided as courtesy estimates using unbranded ingredients from a nutrition database. Please consult preferred resource for precise data.

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