by Olena

Instant Pot Beets

by Olena

5 from 3 reviews

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

This recipe is a fantastic way to learn how to eat healthy using an Instant Pot.

Instant Pot Beets

Pressure Cooker Beets

Instant Pot beets are ready in 30 minutes! I never cooked beets unless in borscht because of how long they take on the stove.

As Ukrainian, I remember grandma boiling beets for hours on the stove, then cooling on a balcony for a few more. Beets took a day to make in 1990. So, I never got onboard with cooking beets although I love eating them.

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

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  • Prep beets. Wash and scrub well, trim roots and greens, and cut larger beets in half/quarters to match smaller ones. I also invest in organic beets because they are on Dirty Dozen list.
  • Cook beets: Add 1 cup water, trivet or steamer basket (so easy to remove) and cook on high pressure for 20 minutes. Release pressure right away.

sliced raw beets in a steamer basket inside instant pot

  • Beets are done when knife inserted in the middle goes in smoothly, like into butter.
  • Cool off beets under cold running water for a few seconds, drain and then a little bit more until safe to handle. The goal is to remove beets from hot Instant Pot to cool off faster.

poking beets with a knife

  • Peel beets by holding a paper towel and scrubbing beets with it over the bowl or sink. 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 and Serve Beets

Storing: 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.

Freezing: Cooked beets freeze so well. I would cut them up to how you intend to use them after thawing. Then freeze in any resealable container or Ziploc bag (remove as much air as possible) for up to 3 months. Thaw on a counter for a few hours or in the fridge overnight.

Serving: I absolutely adore 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

instant pot beets

5 from 3 reviews

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

  • Author: Olena of
  • 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


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


  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.

 Did you make this recipe? Please give it a star rating in the comments.

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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. The best way ever to cook beets. So much easier and the cooking time is cut in half, if not more. Thank you for this!

  2. What a great way to cook beets. So much easier and quicker than my old method. One more thing that I will always use my Instant Pot for.

  3. Hi Olena,
    I have several bags of small beets in my freezer, left from all the beet pickle we made from our vegetable garden in the Summer.
    Could I cook them them in the Instant Pot, if so, how long.
    One of the reasons I bought my 8qrt Instant Pot was to cook all the beets from the Garden to pickle. It is so much faster and no mess. The instant Pot was worth every penny just for that.

    1. Hi Mae. I have not tried cooking frozen beets. But here is my thought – put one in and follow teh recipe. See what happens and adjust accordingly.:) I don’t think frozen one would cook longer than fresh. Maybe just add a few more mins. Please let me know. I am curious.:)

  4. 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)

  5. 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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