Easy Instant Pot Beets [video]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
5 from 5 reviews

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Cook time Cook time: 25 minutes

Instant Pot Beets is a healthy superfood that is ready at a fraction of the time when cooked under pressure. A much quicker than boiling them. Perfect for salads or as a side dish. Watch the recipe video tutorial and see why this recipe is so fun and easy to make!

Instant Pot recipes are quick and easy, especially when you are looking to cut the cooking time. We love pressure cooking Artichokes and also making Scalloped Potatoes, they are perfect to serve on the side.

Healthy Instant Pot Beets Recipe

Cooking beets in the pressure cooker are one of the easiest ways to prepare them. We usually cook a larger batch and store it in the fridge to use on salads over a few days. We also enjoy serving them as a side dish, drizzled with olive oil, sea salt, and some chopped parsley.

This health-boosting nutrient superfood is also gluten-free, paleo, and whole food. If you want a super healthy snack, this is probably one of the best options out there!

This is a healthy side dish to enjoy during any day of the week. With the help of the pressure cooker, you can now have these beets ready in no time. Also, you can make them in advance and store them for the days to come. 

What are the benefits of eating beets?

They are low in calories and rich in fiber, folate and vitamin C. They also may help lower blood pressure and improve athletic performance. If you love these veggies, beets will make a great addition to a healthy diet.

Beet juice is another great way to get all the benefits and vitamins that these veggies back. Just be careful, if consumed in larger quantities, it has detoxifying properties and may act as a mild diuretic.

What do you need to make Instant Pot Beets?

The recipe is fairly simple, with no complicated steps or ingredients. You will need:

How to cook beets in the Instant Pot?

  1. Clean them: First, rub and wash them under cold water so there is no dirt on them. 
  2. Arrange them in the pot: First, add the trivet to the pot. Then, add water and arrange the beets inside. 
  3. Cook: Close the lid and cook them under high pressure. 
  4. Serve: Enjoy them warm or cold as a snack, appetizer, or side dish. 

How to serve steamed beets?

  • Our preferred way is to peel them and serve over a leafy green salad with some feta cheese or crumbles goad cheese.
  • Drizzled with balsamic reduction and some grated parmesan cheese is another delicious option.
  • With a drizzle of olive oil, sea salt, oregano, and fresh parsley.
  • Topped with chopped walnuts, blue cheese, and olive oil.

Instant Pot Beets Cooking Time Suggestions:

  • Circumference 5 – 6 inches -> Cook on High Pressure for 18-20 minutes, followed by a Quick Release
  • 6 – 7 inches -> Cook on High Pressure for 21-23 minutes, followed by a Quick Release
  • 7 – 8 inches -> Cook on High Pressure for 28-30 minutes, followed by a Quick Release
  • 8 – 9 inches -> Cook on High Pressure for 34-35 minutes, followed by a Quick Release

How to Remove Beets Stains?

If you end up with any stains, it is best to use lemon juice or baking soda. Both will work quite well in removing the beet stains. 

More easy Instant Pot Recipes:

Can you freeze beets?

Raw beets don’t freeze really well and usually have a grainy texture. We recommend you cook them before freezing.

  • To freeze, cook and after that fully cool them. Next, add them to freezer-safe Ziploc bags and freeze for up to 3 months.
  • Also, defrost before the serving, the best and most delicious way is to leave them in the fridge overnight to defrost. Discard any excess liquid and serve.

Instant Pot Beets Recipe

Instant Pot Beets Recipe

Instant Pot Beets take only a fraction of the time to make in the pressure cooker, much quicker than boiling them. Perfect for salads or as a side dish.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 6 beets
Calories: 55kcal
Author: Catalina Castravet


  • 4-6 medium beets (6-7” circumference)
  • 1 cup cold water
  • Trivet or steamer basket


  • Rub and wash well the beets. Trim off and discard the stems and the roots.
  • Add a trivet or steamer basket to the pressure cooker, add cold water and arrange beets.
  • Close the lid and cook at High Pressure for 25 minutes for a crunchier texture and about 30 minutes for a softer texture, followed by a Quick Release. Check the blog post for timing suggestions based on the size of the beets.
  • Carefully open the lid, remove beets, let them slightly cool before peeling, slicing and serving.



Calories: 55kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 0g | Fat: 0g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 44mg | Potassium: 177mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 20IU | Vitamin C: 2.6mg | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 0.4mg
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Celebrate Woman Today

BEETS are so much underestimated in our daily cooking. I try to include them into my salads and soups. This tip is super effective!



I love how easy these are to make. I could eat beets until the cows come home.



YUM! These are so delicious, I just love beets! I want to try these. 



Beets are my husband’s favorite! He will eat them by themself but also loves topping his salads with them or including them in wraps. I have never tried them in an IP, but it sounds so simple! 


Susan Carraretto

Love how easy this makes cooking beets. I love beets but don't make them as often as I'd like because they can be messy to prepare.



I have never really tried beets. I am going to have to get some and give this Instant Pot recipe a go. Thanks for sharing!


Ruth I

This with cheese sounds like a perfect flavor combination! I'd love to try this


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