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Pressure Cooker Beets {Instant Pot Beets}

Make tender and nutritious pressure cooker beets in under 20 minutes. This recipe will teach you how to cook delicious Whole30 and paleo beets in the Instant Pot.

sliced pressure cooker beets on a plate with a fork and herbs

What I’m about to say may be controversial.

I freaking love beets. LOVE THEM! And I’m sick and tired of them getting a bad rap. Leave the beets alone.

Unless of course, you plan to eat them. In which case I’m all in and fully on board.

Cooking beets (beetroot) can take forever. Too long. To the point where most people just don’t even bother and they miss out on the beety goodness. If this has been you, don’t beet yourself up about it.

Oh, just a little root vegetable humor. Please forgive me.

The good news is you can bust out some freaking rad steamed beets in under 20 minutes in your pressure cooker (like an Instant Pot). And I’m going to teach you how. You sit tight and read on. I’ll be working on more beet puns.

Give me some thinking music. Let that beet drop.

If you are new to pressure cooking and the Instant Pot, check out this post on recipes for Instant Pot beginners.

beets, salt, and herbs on a white board

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These Instant Pot Beets are amazing in this Instant Pot Farro Salad with Beets and Snap Peas.

How Long Do You Cook Beets in a Pressure Cooker?

The simple answer is it all depends on the size of the beet(s). Wee little baby beets can be cooked in 10 minutes, bigger ones might take as long as 20-25 minutes. The beets in this photo were 2.5 inches wide and took 13 minutes.

How to Make Pressure Cooker Beets

*A detailed and printable recipe card is at the bottom of the post

Other recipes might recommend cooking the beets with the root and skin still on and then peeling them after the fact. That requires your hands to look like a scene from Carrie and plus, you’re going to be dealing with some hot AF beets.

You though? You are super smart and you’re cutting the skin off first and then steaming. Cut the beet top and beet butt (technical people will call it the root end, but whatevs) off. Place the root end on a cutting board and using a sharp knife, cut downward to remove the skin. Save the greens for a salad, sous vide egg bites or a quiche.

Photos showing how to cut beets for pressure cooking

Put a trivet/steamer basket in your Instant Pot and add 1.5 cups of water. Place the beets on top of the trivet.

beets inside an instant pot for making pressure cooker beets

All the cool people have stained Instant Pots.

Secure your lid. Set the vent to “sealing”, then Manual>High Pressure>13 minutes.

When the cook time is up, use a dish rag to carefully flip the vent to “venting”. Remove beets from the Instant Pot and allow to cool. Slice and enjoy!

Pro Tips/Recipe Notes

  • You can stack a few layers of beets in the Instant Pot if you want to cook a bunch at once. Add 2 minutes of cooking time if you’re cooking more than two pounds.
  • Store beets in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to a week.

How to Serve Pressure Cooker Beets

  • Eat.them.plain. Just do it. They’re amazing. Maybe a sprinkle of salt and that’s it.
  • Slice them and serve them in salads, or on a crudites platter.
  • Sprinkle with chopped hazelnuts and a round of fried goat cheese for this amazing salad.
  • Use them in Refrigerator Pickled Beets.

a bowl of pressure cooker beets in front of an instant pot

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Pressure Cooker Beets WEIGHT WATCHERS POINTS

One serving of Pressure Cooker Beets has 4 WW Freestyle SmartPoints.

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sliced pressure cooker beets on a plate with a fork and herbs
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5 from 3 votes
Pressure Cooker Beets {Instant Pot Beets}
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
13 mins
Depressurizing time
3 mins
Total Time
18 mins
 

This recipe will teach you how to cook delicious Whole30 and paleo beets in the Instant Pot.

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: instant pot beets, pressure cooker beets, steamed beets
Servings: 4
Calories: 97 kcal
Ingredients
  • 2 pounds beets
  • 1.5 cups water
Instructions
Instant Pot Instructions
  1. Cut the beet top and root end off. Place the root end on a cutting board and using a sharp knife, cut downward to remove the skin. Save the greens for a salad, sous vide egg bites or a quiche.

  2. Put a trivet/steamer basket in your Instant Pot and add 1.5 cups of water. Place the beets on top of the trivet.

  3. Secure your lid. Set the vent to "sealing", then Manual>High Pressure>13 minutes.

  4. When the cook time is up, use a dish rag to carefully flip the vent to "venting". Remove beets from the Instant Pot and allow to cool. Slice and enjoy!

Stovetop Instructions
  1. Follow the first step above. To make the beets cook more quickly, chop into bite-sized pieces.

  2. Place a steamer basket in a pot and add enough water to cover the bottom. Place a lid on and steam for 30-50 minutes or until the beet is easily pierced with a knife.

Recipe Notes

You can stack a few layers of beets in the Instant Pot if you want to cook a bunch at once. Add 2 minutes of cooking time if you're cooking more than two pounds.

 

Store beets in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to a week.

Nutrition Facts
Pressure Cooker Beets {Instant Pot Beets}
Amount Per Serving (8 oz)
Calories 97
% Daily Value*
Fat 0g0%
Saturated Fat 0g0%
Cholesterol 0mg0%
Sodium 175mg8%
Potassium 737mg21%
Carbohydrates 17g6%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 15g17%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 75IU2%
Vitamin C 11.1mg13%
Calcium 39mg4%
Iron 1.8mg10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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9 comments on “Pressure Cooker Beets {Instant Pot Beets}”

  1. I’m right there with you, I love beets too – so smart for you to make them in the pressure cooker. I just love your recipe!

  2. This is both delcious and easy to make! I love that about all of your recipes! 

  3. My husband cooks up a batch of beets once a week because he thinks they make him run faster. Usually he does them in the oven, but now that I have an Instant Pot I gave this method a try and woah are those beets ever good. And so easy! I also love that they’re contained so the clean up is easier. Will definitely be using this technique from now on!

  4. Sometimes I double wrap the beets in tin foil and nestle them near the front of the embers in the woodstove. Oven roasted is good but fire roasted is a step beyond that.

    • That sound sooooooo fun! I’m totally doing that in a few weeks. Do you ever roast potatoes like that?

      • Not since I was a kid, but it’s an interesting idea. Potatoes are a little less dense than an beet so it would not take as long. I think.