Instant Pot Beets

Make Instant Pot Beets Recipe (Pressure Cooker Beets): super easy to make for salads, soups, pickled snacks, desserts, puree, smoothies. Gluten-free, paleo, whole food, vegetarian, vegan.

Make this Healthy Superfood Instant Pot Beets Recipe (Pressure Cooker Beets). This health-boosting nutrients goldmine is gluten-free, paleo, whole food. Super easy to make & great for salads, soups, pickled snacks, desserts, puree, or even smoothies!

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Beets.

Nutrients-bombs ruby gems with earthy robust flavors & fragrance.

Love the refreshing crunch with a soft chew, slightly juicy & sweet.

None can escape being beet up with blood-stained tongues & fingers…

What Are Beets?


What is beets and how to cook beets in Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker

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Beets or beetroots are an ancient root vegetable – a health-boosting, immune-boosting nutrients goldmine.

Some research found that beets may possibly lower blood pressure, drop risks of heart disease, boost endurance performance, help fight inflammation, prevent chronic diseases, and help purify your blood and liver.

Even endurance athletes and bodybuilders try to incorporate beets into their regular diet.

Why Eat Beets?


Beets are on the road to becoming a rock star, gaining the spotlight on the healthy food stage.

You’ll Enjoy Instant Pot Beets Because:

  • It’s a nutrients powerhouse that improves your health: rich in antioxidants, essential vitamins, low in calories, high in iron, fiber, vitamin C, no cholesterol.
  • Super easy to make and easy to incorporate them into your regular diet (fits gluten-free, grain-free, vegetarian, vegan, paleo, whole food diets)
  • Great source of beneficial carbohydrates to give you energy
  • Great crunch & satisfying texture

Make Instant Pot Beets Recipe (Pressure Cooker Beets): super easy to make for salads, soups, pickled snacks, desserts, puree, smoothies. Gluten-free, paleo, whole food, vegetarian, vegan.

Instant Pot Beets are Great for:

  • Side dish or snack – enjoy it as is, marinated or pickled
  • Adding into salads, soups, entrees, desserts as an ingredient
  • Making beet puree or even smoothies!

*Pro Tip: you can also eat beets raw after washing, trimming & slicing off the skin

Instant Pot Beets Experiment


Beets vary widely in sizes. So, how long should we pressure cook them for?

The best pressure cooking time highly depends on the thickness of the food item, so there’s no one-size-fits-all cooking time for these ruby health-boosting gems.

Time for another pressure cooking experiment! 🙂

Pressure Cooker: Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker
Altitude: close to sea level
Liquid: 1 cup cold water
Pressure: High Pressure (10.15~11.6 psi)
Beets Circumference: 5 inches – 9 inches
Pressure Cooking Time: 8 mins – 30 mins
Release Method: Quick Release

Instant Pot Beets Recipe (Pressure Cooker Beets) Pressure Cooking Experiment using different sizes of fresh whole beets

Instant Pot Beets Experiment Results


We conducted 9+ tests with various sizes of beets at different cooking times in our Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker.

Instant Pot Beets Recipe (Pressure Cooker Beets) Experiment Results - tested in Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker
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Instant Pot Beets Experiment Conclusion

From the experiment results above, we’ve created a handy time chart for cooking Instant Pot Beets!

Instant Pot Beets Time Chart

Beets Circumference

Texture Preferences
(firm & a little crunch – soft with some chew)

5 inchesHigh Pressure 11 – 15 mins, Quick Release
5.5 inchesHigh Pressure 14 – 18 mins, Quick Release
6 inchesHigh Pressure 17 – 21 mins, Quick Release
6.5 inchesHigh Pressure 18 – 23 mins, Quick Release
7 inchesHigh Pressure 20 – 25 mins, Quick Release
7.5 inchesHigh Pressure 24 – 28 mins, Quick Release
8 inchesHigh Pressure 27 – 31 mins, Quick Release
8.5 inchesHigh Pressure 30 – 34 mins, Quick Release
9 inchesHigh Pressure 32 – 36 mins, Quick Release

Ingredients for Instant Pot Beets Recipe


Make Instant Pot Beets Recipe (Pressure Cooker Beets) Experiment with different sizes of fresh whole beets

  • 6 (1 3/4 lb, 784g) medium beets (7.5” circumference)
  • 1 cup (250ml) cold water

Tools for Instant Pot Beets Recipe


Instructions for Instant Pot Beets Recipe


Step 1
Prepare Beets

Ingredient

6 (784g) medium beets (7.5” circumference)

Rub and wash the beets under cold running tap water.

If your beets come with greens & stems, trim them off and save them for another dish (stir-frying with garlic tastes great).Instant Pot Beets Recipe (Pressure Cooker Beets): trim off and discard the roots before pressure cookingTrim off & discard the roots.

Step 2
Pressure Cook Beets

Ingredient & Tool

1 cup (250ml) cold water

Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker
Steamer Basket

*Pro Tip: Measure your beets’ circumference with a measuring tape, and adjust your pressure cooking time accordingly using the time chart below.

Make Instant Pot Beets Recipe (Pressure Cooker Beets): measuring beets sizes and circumference to determine best pressure cooking time
Measuring Beets’ circumference

Beets Pressure Cooking Time Chart:

Pressure Cooking Method: High Pressure, then Quick Release

  • Beets Circumference: Texture Preference (Firm & a little crunchy – Soft with some chew)
  • 5 inches: 11 – 15 minutes
  • 5.5 inches: 14 – 18 minutes
  • 6 inches: 17 – 21 minutes
  • 6.5 inches: 18 – 23 minutes
  • 7 inches: 20 – 25 minutes
  • 7.5 inches: 24 – 28 minutes
  • 8 inches: 27 – 31 minutes
  • 8.5 inches: 30 – 34 minutes
  • 9 inches: 32 – 36 minutes

Pour 1 cup (250ml) cold tap water in the pressure cooker.Place a trivet or steamer basket in the Instant Pot, then place 6 medium beets (784g, 7.5” circumference) on the trivet.

Make Instant Pot Beets Recipe (Pressure Cooker Beets): super easy to make for salads, soups, pickled snacks, desserts, puree, smoothies. Gluten-free, paleo, whole food, vegetarian, vegan.

Close the lid and cook at High Pressure for 24 minutes (firm and a little crunchy) – 28 minutes (soft with some chew) + Quick Release (immediately release the pressure by turning the venting knob to venting position).

Carefully open the lid.

Step 3
Peel and Serve Instant Pot Beets

Tool

Optional: Disposable Gloves

The skins are edible. To peel or not to peel is of personal preference.

Cut beets into quarters (you can wear disposable gloves to handle the beets if you don’t want beet-stained fingers).

Season with salt if desired and serve hot or cold.

Make Instant Pot Beets Recipe (Pressure Cooker Beets): super easy to make for salads, soups, pickled snacks, desserts, puree, smoothies. Gluten-free, paleo, whole food, vegetarian, vegan.

*Storage: Cooked Beets can be stored in refrigerator for up to 4 – 5 days.

Cooking Tips for Instant Pot Beets Recipe


1. Choosing Beets

As mentioned above, the best pressure cooking time highly depends on the thickness of the beets, so choose beets roughly the same size to have evenly cooked beets!

2. How to Remove Beets Stains?

We found that if we wash our hands, towels, or chopping board with tap water immediately after handling the beets, the red coloring washes off fairly easily. But when we let it sit too long, the blood-red stains can be a little scary on your fingers.

But don’t worry! Lemon juice or baking soda will work their magic in removing the beet juice stains. 🙂

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Make Instant Pot Beets Recipe (Pressure Cooker Beets): super easy to make for salads, soups, pickled snacks, desserts, puree, smoothies. Gluten-free, paleo, whole food, vegetarian, vegan.

Instant Pot Beets

Super easy to make Instant Pot Beets Recipe (Pressure Cooker Beets) for salads, soups, pickled snacks, puree, smoothies. Includes tested cooking time chart.
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 56kcal
Author: Amy + Jacky

Ingredients

  • 6 (1 3/4 lb, 784g) medium beets (7.5” circumference)
  • 1 cup (250ml) cold water

Instructions

  • Prepare Beets: Rub and wash the beets under cold running tap water. If your beets come with greens & stems, trim them off and save them for another dish (stir-frying with garlic tastes great). Trim off & discard the roots.
  • Pressure Cook Beets: Pour 1 cup (250ml) cold tap water in the pressure cooker. Place a trivet or steamer basket in the Instant Pot, then place 6 medium beets (784g, 7.5” circumference) on the trivet. Close the lid and cook at High Pressure for 24 minutes (firm and a little crunchy) - 28 minutes (soft with some chew) + Quick Release (immediately release the pressure by turning the venting knob to venting position). Carefully open the lid.

    *Pro Tip 1: Adjust the cooking time according to your beets' size using the time chart below.
    Beets Pressure Cooking Time Chart:
    Pressure Cooking Method: High Pressure, then Quick Release
    Beets Circumference: Texture Preference (Firm & a little crunchy - Soft with some chew)

    5 inches: 11 - 15 minutes
    5.5 inches: 14 - 18 minutes
    6 inches: 17 - 21 minutes
    6.5 inches: 18 - 23 minutes
    7 inches: 20 - 25 minutes
    7.5 inches: 24 - 28 minutes
    8 inches: 27 - 31 minutes
    8.5 inches: 30 - 34 minutes
    9 inches: 32 - 36 minutes
  • Peel and Serve: The skins are edible. To peel or not to peel is of personal preference. Cut beets into quarters (you can wear disposable gloves to handle the beets if you don't want beet-stained fingers). Season with salt if desired and serve hot or cold. 
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Recipe Notes:

Storage Tip: Cooked Beets can be stored in refrigerator for up to 4 - 5 days.

Nutrition:

Calories: 56kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 2g | Sodium: 101mg | Potassium: 424mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 0.9% | Vitamin C: 7.8% | Calcium: 2.1% | Iron: 5.8%
Course: Appetizer, Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Ingredient, Lunch, Main Course, Party Food, Salad, Side Dish, Snack, Super Easy, Vegetables
Cuisine: World
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  1. I have 3 beets 10 inch in diameter. How long do I pressure cook just 3 beets. Total weight is 760 grams. Thank you

  2. Thanks for the recipe and time reference guide. Not only do I have perfectly cooked beets at all sizes, but this method saves me time, tin foil, fat (from added oil) and power to keep a conventional oven on for 1.5+ hours!

  3. If I’m not able to do a quick release because I won’t be home–1) is it safe to not be home? 2) what happens if I let it naturally release? Thank you!

    1. Hi Lesli,

      Thank you for your question 🙂

      1) Once it has gotten up to pressure properly, it is just like any electronics.

      2) The beets will be quite soft if the natural release is too long.

      Please take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

  4. I got a beet in my Misfits Market box (my very first box. It is 18 inches in circumference! Help! What is the time I should cook it in the Instapot? 64 minutes?? Thank you.

    1. Hi Janet,

      Thank you for your question 🙂

      I recommend cutting it in half and use the 9 inches cooking time.

      It will save some time!

      Please take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

    1. Thanks for your kind words Beth! 🙂
      Glad you enjoyed cooking beets in Instant Pot!
      Have fun cooking & have a lovely weekend!
      Take care,
      Amy

  5. One thing to add about Beets. They’re one of the best places to get Nitrates, which help build muscle. It’s a great supplement to any diet, particularly for people trying to build muscle.

  6. these beets were perfect! the first thing I have cooked in my instant pot that I have really loved 🙂 I followed your directions exactly, measured my beets first and they came out wonderful. Will definitely be doing this again 🙂

  7. Thank you for the great summary of beet cooking times! I made one batch of beets: 7.5 inches and the times worked perfectly. However, when i followed the cook times for the 6.5 inch beets as a second batch they came out slightly undercooked adn the skins wouldn’t peel right off in the cold water and I had to put them in again. Maybe those smaller ones were woody and that is why i had trouble with that second batch? Regardless, it is still great recipe pin to keep in hand.

    1. Hi Kristie,

      Hope you had a wonderful New Year & Christmas 🙂
      Thank you so much for your kind words on the recipe!

      Happy New Year & please take care
      Jacky

  8. I teach cooking classes and my students are often confused by vague measurements, i.e. 1 small onion, 3 medium beets, etc. Your measurements and instructions are fantastic! Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words Kima 🙂

      Thank you for passing your knowledge to the next generation!

      Please take care & have an awesome Sunday!
      Jacky

  9. If you are using the pressure cooker at high altitude, does it matter how long the cooking time differs? After all it is in compressed chamber is it not?
    Colleen

    1. Hi Colleen,

      thank you for your question 🙂

      The cooking time will be different for High Altitude as Absolute pressure = Gauge pressure + atmospheric pressure.

      The atmospheric pressure is lower at higher altitude so the absolute pressure will also be lower at higher altitude.

      Please see this altitude chart for more info.

      Take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

    1. Hi Janecollins,

      Hot water will decrease the get up to pressure time and you will have to increase the pressure cooking time to compensate for that.
      If you are following a recipe that starts with cold water, the result will be quite noticeable with delicate food such as eggs, seafood.

      Take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

  10. Terrific. Thank you! I’ve been freezing the cooked beets (after removing air in a “Foodsaver”), and for the first time ever have beets on hand whenever we’re in the mood—which is often.

  11. Thank you very much for this chart! I do prefer to leave the root tail on but I cut off the greens. I have beets of a few sizes from a local farm. I plan to ferment some which I’ll keep raw and cook the rest for now and for the freezer. I discovered the freezing diced beets to add to bean soups later results in a really good soups. I appreciate you taking the guesswork out of cooking beets in the instant pot, and I’m going to look at the rest of your website later. I’m on Salt Spring Island BC. Toby

  12. Hi Amy and Jacky, I am such a fan of your site after just purchasing a new Instant Pot 8qt Duo v2. This is the 2nd dish I made tonight as I had a 10 lb bag of beets and this is probably the quickest I’ve ever made cooked beets without heating up the stove or the oven… plus with the size of these beets, it would take hours to cook through (10 in diameter), so I did it for about 30-35 minutes. Who knew beets could be so easy to cook, peel and eat after cooling them slightly in cold water!
    Can’t wait to try your Asian Chicken recipes… I’ve always wanted to do asian chicken, but never had the time or the patience to poach for a few hours or more…

  13. Hello Amy and Jacky,
    Thanks for the time chart for the beets. I wondered if you could cook them with the skins on all the way. I know what I’m making for dinner now!
    Question: Do you know how long I would need to pressure cook beets just to remove the skins? Planning on canning some.

    Also, do you have a recipe you for making a beet pickle relish?

    1. Hi Bonnie,

      thank you for your kind words and question 🙂

      Do you know how long I would need to pressure cook beets just to remove the skins?
      I would say 1 minute and then quick release.

      I don’t have a full blown recipe on hand, but this is the ingredients list of a recipe we have developed.

      6 medium beets (784g).
      1/4 cup balsamic vinegar (63 ml)
      1 tablespoon. (15ml) Honey
      1 tablespoon (15ml) Maple Syrup

      Take care & have fun cooking!
      Jacky

    1. Hi Anna,

      thank you for your question 🙂

      Yes, it will work. The cooking time will be the same with 1 cup of water.

      Take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

  14. Thank you for the delicious recipes, cooking charts, and tips. Would it work to cook the beets for less time and let the pressure release naturally, instead of quick release?

    Is the release time based on the amount of liquid; or food, or both?

    1. Hi Beths,

      thank you for your kind words and question 🙂

      Yes, it will work. The release time is based on both so it will be a little tricky to figure out the release time.

      Take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

  15. Thanks for taking the time to test all your recipes so thoroughly and for all your tips to ensure our success with them! I wanted to ask, can I use my silicon steaming basket in the Instant Pot? It just fits and it’s easy to lift out with the handles.

    Thanks!
    Vivian.

    1. Hi Vivian,

      So happy to hear from you again 🙂

      Silicone steaming basket will work, but you may want to increase the cooking time by 1 – 2 minutes.

      Take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

  16. The beets came out perfectly and the skin came right off! I had never had fresh beets, only canned. What an amazing flavor and I made it! All of your recipes have been great, please keep them coming!

  17. Thanks for taking time to do such thorough testing! I love golden beets and assume they have the same composition so cooking timing would be the same?

    1. Hi Gail,

      It’s so nice to hear from you. Thank you for your kind words!

      In theory, they should cook the same.

      We haven’t done the testing on golden beets so I can’t say for sure!

      Please let us know if you do test it out.

      Take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

  18. Leave a little of the stem & root on, and let them cool in a bowl of cold water. Slip the peels off while they are under water and, voila, no stained fingers.

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