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!
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
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 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 Experiment Conclusion
From the experiment results above, we’ve created a handy time chart for cooking Instant Pot Beets!
Instant Pot Beets Time Chart
Texture Preferences (firm & a little crunch – soft with some chew)
High Pressure 11 – 15 mins, Quick Release
High Pressure 14 – 18 mins, Quick Release
High Pressure 17 – 21 mins, Quick Release
High Pressure 18 – 23 mins, Quick Release
High Pressure 20 – 25 mins, Quick Release
High Pressure 24 – 28 mins, Quick Release
High Pressure 27 – 31 mins, Quick Release
High Pressure 30 – 34 mins, Quick Release
High Pressure 32 – 36 mins, Quick Release
Ingredients for Instant Pot Beets Recipe
6 (1 3/4 lb, 784g) medium beets (7.5” circumference)
*Pro Tip: Measure your beets’ circumference with a measuring tape, and adjust your pressure cooking time accordingly 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
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).
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.
*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. 🙂
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.
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:
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.