Instant Pot Beets

Cooking beets is quick and easy in a pressure cooker! Here’s how to make Instant Pot beets, which is half the time of oven roasting.

Instant Pot beets

We have a confession: Alex and I used to rarely cook beets. It’s not because we don’t like them. It’s because they so long to cook! The oven roasting method for beets takes about 1 hour. We’ll admit: that seems like a big hurdle most days. (Even though we do projects that take hours, like sourdough bread. Go figure!) But now, we’ve found a way to cut the time in half! Enter: the Instant Pot. Instant Pot beets take about 30 minutes total. And they come out tender and juicy every time! It’s so fast and easy, we can’t stop making beet recipes. Big win over here. Here’s exactly how to make Instant Pot beets, and a few ways to eat them!

How to make Instant Pot beets

Here’s our method for how to make beets in an Instant Pot. As you’ll see, there’s a bit of variation based on the size of the beets. You’ll need to estimate the timing, and then adjust as necessary. It makes for perfectly cooked, tender beets in just 30 minutes. Though the Instant Pot doesn’t always cook things faster, in this case pressure cooker beets are half the time of roasting in the oven.

Step 1: Clean the beets.

Wash the beets well under cold water.

Instant Pot beets

Step 2: Slice off the root and the stem.

Slice off the stem and root end of each of the beets. (You can save the beet greens: here’s the best recipe for beet greens! And here’s how to store beets for later.)

Instant Pot beets

Step 3: Pressure cook on High for 12 to 20 minutes.

Because beets vary in size, the timing will vary based on the size of the beets. You’ll have to estimate the timing based on the beet size. Pressure cook on High for 12 minutes for very small beets and about 18 minutes for very large beets.

Remember that it will take about 5 minutes for the Instant Pot to “preheat” and come up to pressure before the cooking starts.

Step 4: Test doneness.

Because the method is variable, you’ll need to test to see if the beets are tender. Use a clean knife and insert it into one beet. If the beet is very tender and the knife slides right in, the beet is done. If there is a little resistance to the knife, pressure cook on High again for 1 to 2 minutes and test again.

Beet with knife inserted in Instant Pot

Step 5: Rinse and peel.

When the beets are done, rinse them and slip off the peels with your fingers: they’ll come right off! And that’s it: perfect Instant Pot beets in half the time of oven roasting!

Cooked and peeled beets

What kind of Instant Pot to use?

Pressure cooker brands can vary, so keep that in mind as you make this recipe! Alex and I use the Instant Pot brand (Instant Pot is the brand name; Instapot is a slang variation). We use the Instant Pot 6 Qt Programmable Pressure Cooker

This recipe is customized for a 6 quart pressure cooker. We also can’t speak to other brands and types of pressure cookers. For example, Instant Pot Mini works differently, so use it at your own risk!

Beet salad with goat cheese

Beet recipes

Now that you’ve got cooked beets, there are so many ways to eat them! Here are some beet recipes:

This recipe is…

Vegetarian, gluten-free, vegan, plant-based, and dairy-free.

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How to cook beets

Instant Pot Beets


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 6 to 8 1x

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Cooking beets is quick and easy in a pressure cooker! Here’s how to make Instant Pot beets, which is half the time of oven roasting.


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Ingredients

  • 6 to 8 beets

Instructions

  1. Wash the beets well. Slice off the stem and root end of each of the beets. (You can save the greens to use in salads.)
  2. Place the stainless steel trivet into the Instant Pot, then place the beets on top. Add 1 cup water. Lock the lid of the Instant Pot. Place the pressure release handle (vent) in the “Sealing” position.
  3. Cook on high pressure for 12 to 20 minutes: Press the Pressure Cook button, making sure the “High Pressure” setting is selected, and set the time: 12 minutes for small beets and 18 for very large beets. Note that it takes about 5 minutes for the pot to “preheat” and come up to pressure before it starts cooking. (During cooking, avoid touching the metal part of the lid.)
  4. Quick release: Vent the remaining steam from the Instant Pot by moving the pressure release handle to “Venting”, covering your hand with a towel or hot pad. Never put your hands or face near the vent when releasing steam. Open the pressure cooker lid.
  5. Test: Because beets all vary in size, the timing varies. Test doneness by sliding in a knife to make sure that the beets are tender. If the knife slides right in, they’re done! If there is resistance, cook 1 to 2 more minutes on High Pressure.
  6. Rinse and peel: Allow to cool under water, then rub off the skin with your fingers (it will come right off!). Serve immediately, or store in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days.

  • Category: Essentials
  • Method: Pressure Cooker
  • Cuisine: Plant Based

Keywords: Instant Pot Beets, How to Cook Beets

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

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