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instant pot beets chopped and served in white bowl
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How To Cook Instant Pot Beets

This fork tender, no-mess-to-peel instant pot beets takes 15 to 30 minutes only to cook. The texture of the beets is by far THE BEST you ever made! That’s our guarantee! Cook beets easily in instant pot and use it in any dish of your choice – salads, soups, make spirals or just snack on it!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Course: Brunch, Dinner, Lunch, Side Dish
Cuisine: Western
Servings: 7 servings
Calories: 35kcal


  • 7 medium sized beets choose beets of almost the same size for even cooking
  • 1 cup water


  • Scrub beets to remove dirt. Wash it under tap water to get rid of the dirt.
  • If there are stems attached to beets, cut and remove it.
  • Add 1 cup water into the pot.
  • Place the trivet or steaming basket inside.
  • Arrange beets on the trivet or basket.
  • Secure lid, make sure pressure knob is in SEALING position.
  • Select PRESSURE COOK and adjust timer to 30 minutes. Different size (in reference to the diameter of the beets), cooking time will vary. Smaller beets take lesser time and big ones take a little longer to cook.
    NOTE: please bare in mind 30 minutes on the timer does not include the time to build the pressure inside the pot. It takes approximately 12-17 minutes for the instant pot to build pressure inside before it starts cooking.
  • Once cooking time completes, immediately release all pressure from the pot by carefully turning pressure valve from SEALING POSITION to VENTING POSTING.
  • Open lid.
  • Check if all beets are cooked by piercing it with a knife in the center. If knife cuts through flesh easily, it’s cooked. If hard to pierce, cover lid and cook for additional 5 to 8 minutes depending on the size of the beets.
  • Remove beets from the instant pot using tongs.
  • Place it on cutting board and let it cool down little until it’s safe to handle.
  • Peel the skin off beets using fingers. YES, that’s right, the skin easily comes off.
    Pro-Tip: don’t want to mess up your manicured nails and finger, use disposable gloves while peeling the skin off. If you got beet stains on your finger, you can get rid off it by using baking soda. Rub soda on your hands and wash it off.
  • Not all beets leave stain on your fingers. Most of it comes off immediately when you rinse them. I used bare fingers to peel the skin off, no beet stained finger for me! It all depends on the beets you use!
  • Use cooked beets in any dish of your choice.
  • Use beets cooked in instant pot in salads, soups, to make beet hummus, use whole beets to make spirals, or snack on it directly. Trust me, those thinly sliced beets slices went down as it is in no time.



  • Choose same size beets for even cooking. Size of beets does matter for the cooking time. Refer to sections “How Long Does It Take To Cook Instant Pot Beets” for more details.
  • No need to peel or chop beets before cooking. Note – if you do chop up raw beets, cooking time will again vary. You will need to reduce the cooking time.
  • Rinse beets well before cooking, so left over cooking liquids can be used to make stock, smoothies.
NUTRITION VALUE is for 1 beetroot.
Nutritional Info – Please keep in mind that nutritional information provided is only a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on products used.


Calories: 35kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 66mg | Potassium: 267mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 27IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 1mg