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Instant Pot Beets (with Time Chart)

Learn how to cook beets in the instant pot. This is the quickest and easiest way to cook tender beets. These are perfect for any Beet Salad or Borscht.

Instant Pot Cooked Beets served in a bowl

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The Best Way to Cook Beets

Beets are so nutritious and low in calories. Instant pot beets are so fast and easy compared to roasting or any other method that you won’t have an excuse not to eat this hearty and healthy root vegetable. Why you’ll love this method:

  • Quick and easy
  • Super sweet
  • Less messy
  • More nutritious than boiled beets (nothing lost to boiling water)
Beets with instant pot

How to Buy Beets

  • Stems Attached – Select beets that still have the bright green stems attached if possible because you know they are fresh and haven’t been sitting in storage for a while. You can use the leafy beet greens in soups as we did with our Superfood Borscht, or even add them to a Breakfast Frittata.
  • Root Attached – beets should have one long central taproot attached. Avoid beets that also have tiny/hairy roots which indicates the beet is older and tougher.
  • Size, Shape, and Color – smaller beets are sweeter. They should have unblemished skin and deep maroon color (unless you are buying a different variety such as pink or golden).
Raw beets

Pro Tip: Taste the beets after they are cooked. Older beets tend to have a more earthy taste and fresher beets are much sweeter. If the beet doesn’t taste good now then it won’t taste good in recipes and you should toss it out.

How to Store Beets

  • Remove the leaves. Twist off the beet green stems from the beets just above the beetroot as soon as you buy them, otherwise, they will continue to pull nutrients from the beet. Beet greens are best enjoyed fresh as they do not keep well.
  • Do not wash beets before storing and if they do get wet, be sure to dry them thoroughly.
  • Refrigerator – Store beets in a perforated plastic bag for ventilation and place them in the vegetable crisper drawer for 1 month or longer.

How to Cook Beets in the Instant Pot

  1. Scrub Beets – clean the beats and remove any dirt or dust.
  2. Cut off roots and stems – this will make them easier to peel later
  3. Pressure Cook – Place a rack in the bottom of a 6 Qt Instant Pot and add 1 cup water. Place beets on the rack in a single layer and cook according to the time chart depending on the beet diameters and desired doneness.
  4. Cool and Peel – once beets are cool enough to handle, you can peel the skins.
Step by step cooking beets in the instant pot.

Pro Tip for Peeling Beets: Since beets stain, we highly recommend wearing gloves so you don’t discolor your hands or nails.

Peeling cooked beets with gloves

Instant Pot Beets Time Chart

These chart timings produce soft beets that are easily pierced with a knife. For beets that are more crisp-tender, reduce cooking time by 5 minutes. Cook the beets on high pressure followed by a quick pressure release.

  • Very small beets (1.5” to 1.75” diameter) – 15 minutes
  • Small beets (2” diameter) – 20 minutes
  • Medium beets (2 1/4” diameter) – 25 minutes
  • Medium-large beets (2 1/2” diameter) – 30 minutes
  • Large beets (2 3/4” diameter) – 35 minutes
  • Extra Large beets (3” diameter) – 40 minutes 

Want to cook the beets even faster? You can cut beets in half to reduce the cooking time and base their cooking time on their new diameter.

Perfectly cooked beets according to beet time chart

Common Questions

How do I know if beets have gone bad?

Check the refrigerator stored beets periodically and discard any that have softened.

What if my beets are too firm?

If you desire more tender beets, you can cover the lid and pressure cook an additional 3 to 5 minutes.

How long to store cooked beets?

Cooked and peeled beets can be refrigerated and stored for 3-5 days in an airtight container. You can also transfer them to a freezer safe container or zip bag, remove any extra air, and freeze for 3-6 months.

Can I eat the beet skins?

Beet skins are edible and rich in fiber. I prefer to peel and discard the skins for most recipes but you can eat the skins.

What if beets are odd sizes?

Beets will cook evenly when they are even thickness. If you have a variety of sizes, you can cut the big ones in half and still cook them together. I base my cooking times on the widest diameter beet in the pot.

Large beet cut in half

If you love Instant Pot Recipes, these pressure cooked beets are a must-try. It’s a wonderful short-cut every beet lover should know.

Beet Recipes

Having cooked beets in your refrigerator or freezer is so handy for making your favorite beet dishes. Use your instant pot beets in these recipes:

Instant Pot Beets Recipe

5 from 6 votes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Instant pot cooked beets

Instant Pot Beets is the fastest and easiest way to cook sweet and tender beets. Use your cooked beets in soups, salads, or enjoy them as a nutritious snack.

Author: Natasha Kravchuk
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $4-$6 Varies by Season
Keyword: instant pot beets
Cuisine: American
Course: Side Dish
Calories: 35 kcal
Servings: 6 medium beets

Ingredients

  • 6 medium beets
  • 1 cup water

Instructions

  1. Clean beets to remove any dirt or dust. Cut off and discard roots and stems.

  2. Place a rack into the bottom of a 6 Qt instant pot and add 1 cup water. Place beets over the rack in a single layer, cover with the lid and set the valve to the “sealing” position. Pressure cook on high pressure then do a quick pressure release by carefully flipping the valve to the “venting” position until all of the steam is released according to the pressure indicator.

  3. Cool the beets and wear gloves to peel the skins.

Recipe Notes

Instant Pot Beets Cook Times:
Cook all beet sizes on high pressure followed by a quick pressure release.
* Very small (1 1/2” to 1 3/4” diameter) – 15 min
* Small (2” diameter) – 20 min
* Medium (2 1/4” diameter) – 25 min
* Medium-Large (2 1/2” diameter) – 30 min
* Large (2 3/4” diameter) – 35 min
* Extra Large (3” diameter) – 40 min

Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Beets Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 35 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 66mg3%
Potassium 267mg8%
Carbohydrates 8g3%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 27IU1%
Vitamin C 4mg5%
Calcium 14mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Digna
    March 25, 2021

    My husband and I love beets and I’ve cooked them in many different ways. I decided I’d rather peel and slice about 1/4″ – 1/2″ thick then cook in lightly salted water with a pinch or two of dill and a tablespoon of white cider vinegar.

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 27, 2021

      I hope that worked out well for you, Digna! I’m glad you enjoyed it!

      Reply

  • Laura Reese
    March 5, 2021

    Oh my goodness this was a game changer for me. The beets cooked perfectly in my instant pot and were delicious.

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 5, 2021

      Fantastic! I’m so glad to hear that, Laura. Thank you for sharing that with us.

      Reply

  • Toni
    March 4, 2021

    I just tried it and I really love how it turned out! It’s perfect! Thanks for the recipe!

    Reply

    • Natasha
      March 4, 2021

      I’m so glad to hear that! It was life-changing when I first made beets in the instant pot. So fast!

      Reply

  • Angela
    March 3, 2021

    Can you jar the beets after you cook the instant pot?

    Reply

    • Natasha
      March 4, 2021

      Hi Angela, that should work but you would probably need some kind of brine. I don’t have a recipe for pickling or canning beets so you would have to find one online.

      Reply

  • Ann
    March 2, 2021

    I make lots of pickled beets , my family will eat a whole batch with dinner !
    Will cook the beets in the instant pot from now on !! Tnx for all your delicious recepies 🍷

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 2, 2021

      You’re welcome! I’m glad it was a hit with your family, thanks for sharing, Ann!

      Reply

  • Katie
    March 2, 2021

    Such a convenient way to cook them!

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 2, 2021

      I’m glad to hear that, thank you, Katie!

      Reply

  • Betsy
    March 2, 2021

    The beets turn out so perfect using this method! I love sprinkling them with a touch of salt and some brown sugar and tossing them with some feta…so good.

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 2, 2021

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it, Betsy!

      Reply

  • katerina @ diethood.com
    March 2, 2021

    These were fantastic! Thank you for sharing!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 2, 2021

      You’re welcome, Katerina! I’m happy you enjoyed this recipe!

      Reply

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