by Olena

Instant Pot Beets

by Olena

5 from 1 reviews

Instant Pot Beets take 20 minutes to cook in your pressure cooker and come out super tender and delicious.

Instant Pot Beets

If you still have Instant Pot in the box, beets might be the reason to take it out. Instant Pot beets are ready in 30 minutes!

Beets never get cooked in our house because of how long they take on the stove.

As Ukrainian, I remember grandma boiling beets for hours on the stove and then cooling them on a balcony for a few more hours. Beets took a day to make in 1990. And then she would make “vinegret” salad that I absolutely despised. So, I never got onboard with cooking beets although I love eating them. Not in “vinegret” obviously.

Now, do you see cooked and vacuum sealed organic beets in all stores where you live? I do. Cost an arm and a leg. Make your own at home in Instant Pot in a pinch.

a bunch of beets with stems and leaves

How to Cook Beets in Instant Pot

So easy! Beets are ready in 30 minutes from start to finish.

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  • Wash and trim beets. Supermarket beets are not that dirty, so I just wash them well and don’t scrub. I also invest in organic beets because they are on Dirty Dozen list.
  • Make sure beets are similar in size by cutting larger beets in half to match smaller ones. Or even quarters.
  • Add 1 cup water and cook on high pressure for 20 minutes. I have invested in a steamer basket which makes cooking eggs, beets, sweet potatoes in bulk easy. Or just place them on a trivet that came with your pressure cooker.
  • Cool off beets under cold running water for a few seconds right in the basket. And then a little bit more until safe to handle. If not using steamer basket, use tongs and remove into a bowl. The goal is to remove beets from hot Instant Pot to cool off faster.

sliced raw beets in a steamer basket inside instant pot

How Long to Cook Beets in Instant Pot

Small beets cook faster than large beets. As not a huge fan of measuring tape and rulers in a kitchen (I don’t have time!) I can share one trick with you. Always worked for my grandma. 🙂

If you cut larger beets to match smaller beet size you have, 20 minutes on high pressure is perfect cooking time for a beetroot in a pressure cooker. And quick release.

poking beets with a knife

How to Peel Beets

Peel beets by holding a paper towel or parchment paper, scrubbing beets with it and discarding the peels. Peel should slide right off.

I am not a fan of using plastic gloves for environmental reasons. You can compost paper right with the last peels.

peeling beets with parchment paperparchment paper and beet peels

How to Store Cooked Beets

You can refrigerate cooked beets for up to 5 days. Peeled or not peeled, sliced or whole. I like to get the mess out of my way right away and store prepped beets for easy and quick meals.

Make sure the container is airtight, so beets do not dry out.

Ways to Use Beets

I am just beginning to incorporate beets into our diet. Kids are not fans, which is understandable.

For me and Alex, next is a beet salad with arugula and feta. My goodness, so simple and yet delicious!

You can always serve cooked beets as a side dish with a drizzle of good quality extra virgin olive oil or toasted sesame oil, a sprinkle of coarse salt and freshly cracked pepper. That’s how we ate them in Ukraine.

Or stir in fresh garlic. Come on, garlic makes everything better in a world of a Ukrainian.:)

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Instant Pot Beets

5 from 1 reviews

Instant Pot Beets take 20 minutes to cook in your pressure cooker and come out super tender and delicious.

  • Author: Olena of ifoodreal.com
  • Prep Time: 3 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 23 minutes
  • Yield: 3 cups 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: North American
Scale

Ingredients

  • Up to 5 lbs beets (I used 2 lbs)
  • 1 cup water

Instructions

  1. Wash beets and trim off the root part and the leafy and top part.
  2. I used medium to large beets. To make sure they cook evenly, I cut large beets in half.
  3. In Instant Pot, add 1 cup water. Place beets into a steamer basket and inside the Instant Pot. If you don’t have a basket yet, add trivet and place beets on top.
  4. Close the lid, turn pressure valve to Sealing and cook on High Pressure for 20 minutes.
  5. Release pressure immediately using Quick Release method and open the lid.
  6. Test beets for doneness by poking with the knife. If the knife pierces flesh without much resistance, beets are ready. It should feel like cutting soft butter. If not, close the lid and cook for 10 more minutes.
  7. Cool off beets under cold running water for a few seconds right in the basket. And then a little bit more until safe to handle. If not using steamer basket, use tongs and remove into a bowl. The goal is to remove beets from hot Instant Pot to cool off faster.
  8. To peel beets, use paper towel or parchment paper and scrub beets with it. Peel should slide off. I am not a fan of using plastic gloves for environmental reasons.
  9. Your beets are ready. Enjoy as a side dish or make a beet salad.

Store: Refrigerate peeled, whole or sliced beets in an airtight container for up to 5 days. Do not freeze.

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Hello and welcome to iFOODreal.

My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys and a wife to Alex. And this is our healthy family recipes blog. I grew up in Ukraine on real food. As an adult, I tried many diets without results. Now for over 10 years, I cook quick and easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

What You Will Find Here

Healthy family recipes with simple ingredients. Many are inspired by my Ukrainian heritage. I share mostly dinner recipes because it just never ends... I’m obsessed with healthy freezer meals. And more than in love with my Instant Pot.

A Little More About Me

Originally from Ukraine, I now reside on magic Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada with my family. I started this blog in 2012 when I ended up at home with 2 small kids unemployed and a wee bit chubby.

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  1. Olena, I can’t quite wrap my head around an instant pot. I love the idea of shorter cooking times, but it’s the intense heat that I am concerned reduces the nutrient level of the final food product. What are your thoughts on this? Make me a believer! (Smile)

  2. We use beets often. One problem – most of the time smell of cooking beets is not of Yankee Candle.
    With Instant Pot we enjoy shorter cooking time, clean stove and no smell.

    Even just for this reason – Instant Post is a “must have” for Ukrainians!

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