Instant Pot beets are easy to cook. This is a reliable method that allows you to basically "set it and forget it," and have a stunning vegetable to serve as a side dish, add to a salad, or include in a soup. Cook the beets before you peel them, and those skins will slip off easily!
- Beets - That's it! You only need beets (and water for cooking.)
See recipe card for quantities.
Scrub several medium-sized beets. (If they're large, cut them in half.) Place them over water on the trivet in an Instant Pot.
Set the Instant Pot to cook on high pressure. Then allow a natural release for 10 minutes. This means that once the time is up, you leave the machine untouched for at least another 10 minutes before gently tapping the valve to release any remaining pressure.
When the beets are cool enough to handle, cut off the ends and peel off the skins.
Slice the beets as you wish for serving.
Hint: Wear gloves to keep your hands from staining as you peel and slice the beets.
Small beets, (1 - 1½")(2.5 - 3.8 cm) diameter, cook in about 15 minutes on high pressure.
Two-inch (5 cm) diameter beets take about 20 minutes.
Medium beets that are 2¼ to 2½" (5.7 - 6.4 cm) need about 25 minutes.
Beets are rich in folate and high in fibre. They help to fight cell damage, reduce inflammation, and are good for digestion.
Most of us need to eat more vegetables. Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables is key to good health. Beets have wonderful, built-in flavour. They make an excellent gluten free, grain free, dairy free, nut free, egg free side dish!
Equipment can have a big impact on how a recipe turns out. This recipe is based on the Instant Pot pressure cooker. I love the simplicity of adding food to the pot, choosing the setting and time, and then leaving it to do it's thing. It's also great that it works anywhere that I can plug it in and doesn't take up a burner on the stovetop. I'm currently living and cooking in a motorhome, so kitchen space is at a premium. I wouldn't want to be without my Instant Pot!
Cooked beets can be stored, covered, in the refrigerator for up to a week.
This recipe is fairly foolproof. Don't stress out if you don't get back to your beets exactly after 10 minutes of naturally releasing the pressure. They will need to cool down anyway, so you can handle them for peeling and slicing.
Ways to Use Cooked Beets!
Instant Pot Beets
- 1 Instant Pot
- 6 medium (2¼" to 2½" in diameter) beets
- 1 cup water
- Put approximately 1 cup water (240 ml) in the bowl of the Instant Pot. Set the trivet in place.
- Arrange whole, scrubbed beets in the trivet.
- For medium beets, 2¼" to 2½" (5.7 to 6.4 cm) in diameter, set Instant Pot to cook at high pressure for 25 minutes. Then allow for 10 minutes of naturally releasing pressure.
- When the beets are cool enough to handle, cut the ends off and peel them. The skins should come off easily now that they have been cooked. Slice them as you wish, to serve.
- You can actually follow this recipe for any number of beets.
- The size of the beets will alter the cooking time.
- 1-½ " (2.5 - 3.8 cm) diameter beets will cook in about 15 minutes.
- 2" (5 cm) diameter beets will cook in about 20 minutes.
- If the beets are large, cut them in half before cooking.