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Instant Pot Beets are one of the easiest ways to elevate your cooking game! They’re also incredibly good for you so it’s a total win-win!

Instant Pot Beets Whole beets

Beets are one of those things – people either love ’em or hate ’em. (I secretly believe that those who hate them haven’t really given them a shot. Or they just had bad ones!)

But there’s really no better way to add vibrant color, wonderful texture, and deep, rich flavor to a salad, soup, or side dishes. And Instant Pot beets are by far the easiest way to make them.

Are Beets Healthy?

Yes beets are good for you. Very good for you! Their rich color comes from the betalains in beets. This gives beets loads of anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. You can use the rich red ones or golden beets. Both are great!

Antioxidants are known to help with cancer prevention. And help with inflammation can reduce symptoms of ailments such as asthma, arthritis, and auto-immune disorders. (Get my Anti-Inflammatory Foods to Eat and Avoid Free PDF here.)

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They are also high in fiber and have a ton of vitamins and minerals. All of these qualities add to the overall health benefits of eating beets. And they’re a great addition to my Crisp Green Salad!

What Is The Healthiest Way to Cook Beets?

Any way you’ll eat that! That’s the healthiest way to cook beets! Haha! Seriously though, of the choices (roasted beets, boiled beets, air fryer beets, etc.), you really won’t find healthier than Instant Pot Beets. Although they really all are good for you.

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The advantage to pressure cooker beets is that they use absolutely no oil (like is often used in roasted or air fried). And they cook with the skins on in the Instant Pot, which retains more of the nutrients than when they are boiled.

It’s important to note that beets can be messy. Very messy! So either be prepared to thoroughly wash any cutting boards or surfaces that may come in contact with the beets. And that also goes for your hands. Either wear gloves or wash immediately after handling. (Don’t worry, it will come off!)

But, to repeat, beets are simply good for you. No matter how you cook them!

Ingredients in Instant Pot Beets

  • 3-4 medium sized beets
  • 1 cup water

How to Cook Instant Pot Beets

  1. Select medium sized beets when possible. Cut off the stems and root tip. Scrub them well. (see full recipe below)
  2. Insert the stainless steel trivet into the Instant Pot inner pot. You can also use a steamer basket. Add 1 cup of water to the Instant Pot.
  3. Place 3-4 beets into the pot in a single layer. Pressure cook for 20 minutes (See time chart below. Time will vary depending on the size of your beets.)
  4. Do a 10 minute natural pressure release after the cooking time is complete (let the pot sit undisturbed before releasing the pressure).
  5. Remove the beets and allow to cool down until they can be easily handled. Using a paper towel, rub the skins off the beets. Cut and use in your favorite recipes.
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How Long Does it Take to Pressure Cook Beets?

Beets come in all sizes. I’ve seen them as small as a radish and as large as an oversized softball! The larger the beet, the more time they need to cook. This chart references the most popular sizes found in supermarkets.

  • Small (lime size): 18-20 minutes
  • Medium (lemon size): 23-25 minutes
  • Large (baseball size): 28-30 minutes

For all of these sizes, make sure to also do a 10-minute natural release after the cooking time is done.

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So now you know the easiest way to cook beets! You’ll be able to add them to all your salads, soups, and sides in no time at all!

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Instant Pot Beets

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Additional Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Instant Pot Beets are an easy and tasty way to add color, flavor and nutrition to your meals!


  • 3-4 medium beets
  • 1 cup water


  1. Cut the stems and roots off each beet. Scrub the beets well.
  2. Pour 1 cup of water into the Instant Pot and place the trivet or steaming basket in the bottom. Place beets on the trivet.
  3. Secure lid and turn the valve to venting. Set the time timer for 20 minutes (follow the guide above for the time depending on the size of your beets.)
  4. After the cooking time is complete, let naturally release for 10 minutes. (This means to let the pot sit undisturbed). Then turn the valve to venting to release any remaining pressure.
  5. Remove the beets with tongs and let cool until they can be easily handled.
  6. Using a paper towel, rub the skins off the beets. Cut and serve as desired.

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