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How To Cook Perfect Beets In Your Instant Pot!

Beets are notoriously long-cooking vegetables. While they still can take some time in your Instant Pot, the good news is you can walk away from them while they are cooking rather than having to stand over the stove monitoring their progress. A stovetop pressure cooker may cook the beets faster. In my WMF Stovetop Pressure Cooker, it only takes 15 minutes and a quick release. However, you cannot leave a stovetop pressure cooker unattended. Cooking whole beets in a saucepan can take an hour of constant monitoring, though you can reduce that time by peeling and cutting the beets into slices or chunks. The Instant Pot makes preparing beets a no-brainer, even if it is a bit longer process.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Cooking Basics
Cuisine: World
Keyword: beets, instant pot, vegan
Servings: 6 (3 slices per serving)
Calories: 1.29kcal


  • 3 medium to large beets
  • 1 cup water


  • Wash beets thoroughly and remove stems about 1/2-inch from the top of the beet. Try not to cut into the beet. Leave the tail intact.
  • Place a steamer rack and one cup of water into your Instant Pot. Place beets on the rack.
  • Replace lid and push the pressure toggle to SEAL. Set your IP on MANUAL, at HIGH heat, for 20 minutes for medium beets, 25 minutes for large beets.
  • Once the time has elapsed, and the IP has switched automatically to the WARM mode, allow the pressure to release naturally. This will take around 13 minutes. When the pressure valve has dropped down, it is safe to remove the lid. Push a bamboo skewer through the largest beet. If it goes through the center without resistance, the beets are done. If there is resistance, you may have to cook them for another five minutes or so with a quick release.
  • Drain the beets and allow them to cool enough for you to handle them. With a paper towel, rub the skins off the beets. Now you may cut them as needed for their intended recipe.



Serving: 3large slices | Sodium: 2mg | Calories: 1.29kcal | Fat: 0.1g | Protein: 0.05g | Carbohydrates: 0.29g