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

4.91 from 22 votes
Author: Natasha Kravchuk
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.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients 

Servings: 6 medium beets
  • 6 medium beets
  • 1 cup water

Instructions

  • Clean beets to remove any dirt or dust. Cut off and discard roots and stems.
  • 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.
  • Cool the beets and wear gloves to peel the skins.

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 Per Serving

35kcal Calories8g Carbs1g Protein1g Fat1g Saturated Fat66mg Sodium267mg Potassium2g Fiber6g Sugar27IU Vitamin A4mg Vitamin C14mg Calcium1mg Iron
Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Beets Recipe
Amount per Serving
Calories
35
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
1
g
2
%
Saturated Fat
 
1
g
6
%
Sodium
 
66
mg
3
%
Potassium
 
267
mg
8
%
Carbohydrates
 
8
g
3
%
Fiber
 
2
g
8
%
Sugar
 
6
g
7
%
Protein
 
1
g
2
%
Vitamin A
 
27
IU
1
%
Vitamin C
 
4
mg
5
%
Calcium
 
14
mg
1
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: instant pot beets
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $
Calories: 35
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  • Leslie
    June 13, 2024

    In by first comment I made a mistake. I didn’t proof read, bad me. Anyway I said they blood instead of bleed.
    Your timing chart was right on!
    Thank you so much for all your work.

    Reply

  • Glenda Mixer
    April 20, 2024

    I need to pickle beets or just can them. How many beets can I get in my 6 quart and how long should I process them? I have all sizes.

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      April 20, 2024

      Hi Glenda! Please refer to my timing chart above. It’s best to use beets that are similar in size because the cooking time will depend on how large/small they are. Beets will cook evenly when they are even thickness so if you have a variety of sizes, you can cut the big ones in half and still cook them together. If some are too firm, you can cover the lid and pressure cook an additional 3 to 5 minutes. The amount that you’ll fit in your instant pot is dependent on how large/small they are. I don’t have a precise number to give you.

      Reply

  • Lin
    August 1, 2023

    OMGoodness!
    I’ve “skinned” beets for 40 yrs by boiling. So messy & unpredictable; waste of water, electricity/gas & time! Compared to Natasha’s Insta-Pot method! Will never boil again. And the taste & color – so much better, having not bled out into the water then poured down the drain. I insta-potted 4 different size batches (to remove skins) in
    a quarter of the time! Was able to pickle the beets the same evening:) Never achieved that before! Thanks a million for the great step-by-step AND time/size table!
    Had to adapt -mine an 8 qt & were done in less time than specified. Thx again!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 1, 2023

      I’m so glad this method worked better for you, Lin! I’m so glad you discovered it on my blog!

      Reply

    • Glenda Mixer
      April 20, 2024

      Do pickled beets need to be fork-tender before canning? I plan on pickling also. Our garden is full of beets.

      Reply

  • Linda
    May 24, 2023

    Hi Natasha! I was getting ready to cook beets (from my garden!) in my instapot & noticed your directions said to put the rack in the bottom of the pot. My pot didn’t come with a rack & I don’t have one. Is there anything I can do?

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      May 24, 2023

      Hi Linda! You might find this article from Paint The Kitchen Red helpful. They list some alternative methods.

      Reply

    • Marc
      January 1, 2024

      Whatever steamer rack, basket that will fit is fine. everybody has the unfolding satellite dish, right?

      Reply

  • Cheryl
    October 3, 2022

    I love all kinds of beets. Thank you for sharing this with the timetable!
    And since you are such a fabulous 🌹cook, please consider how to make Harvard Beets and share with us.😊(IF you can find them in a store , which is very difficult, they are full of all kinds of not-good-for-you stuff, including HFCs.)

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 3, 2022

      Thank you so much for sharing that with me, Cheryl!

      Reply

  • Kylia
    August 31, 2022

    Is there a time difference for Gold Beets? The ones I have are medium-sized.

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      August 31, 2022

      Hi Kylia! You can follow the same instructions for golden beets.

      Reply

  • Janineknoblach
    July 23, 2022

    They greens are great to I cook them together don’t toss them, enjoy

    Reply

  • Ann Waskom
    June 16, 2022

    I only have an 8 qt instant pot. Do I need to adjust any think when cooking beets

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      June 17, 2022

      Hi Ann! It may take longer for the 8 quarts to come to pressure than the 6 quarts but once it comes up to pressure your cooking times should be the same.

      Reply

    • John Archer
      July 28, 2022

      The minimum amount of water in the inner pot is another think I can thing of…See the manual that came with your 8 qt Instant Pot and/or find the PDF manual online. Per the instructional manual the minimum amount of water for the 6 qt Instant Pot is 1.5 cups and for the 8 qt is 2 cups. Cheers!

      Reply

  • John Clearwater
    June 2, 2022

    I find some instant pot recipes start timing once the unit reaches pressure, yours didn’t specify either way. I went with the start button and your cooking time, didn’t want them over done and they came out great. John

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      June 2, 2022

      Hi John, good to know that it turned out great! Thank you for sharing that with us.

      Reply

  • Mary
    April 22, 2022

    My grandmother would pour equal amounts of simmered vinegar and white sugar over canned beets and put them in canning jars, can I do something like this in the instant pot, then put in jars and seal? I would think fresh beets would taste better than canned beets

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      April 22, 2022

      Hi Mary, I have not tested this to advise. You’d have to experiment with it.

      Reply

  • Bob Wintjen
    February 18, 2022

    After cooking I cut into wedges and put a dusting of black pepper on them. Love them like that warm or cold.

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 18, 2022

      Thank you so much for sharing that with us, Bob! I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

      Reply

  • Tb
    February 17, 2022

    Wonderful! Very descriptive and your chart on size of beets is so great for my fresh from the garden beets! Thank you!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 17, 2022

      I’m so glad that was helpful, TB! I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

      Reply

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