Instant Pot Beets


Let's go back to basics with this Instant Pot Beets recipe.

This Paleo, gluten-free, and vegan dish is a goldmine of vitamins and minerals and I really like how the Instant Pot makes the cooking process so easy.

How to serve beets?

You can eat it as is as a healthy snack. Serve it with butter to taste, or just sprinkle with some herbs, garlic, and a bit of vinegar for an instant and fast beets salad.

You can combine it with brown rice, beef, or other vegetables to enhance its taste further and get a complete meal.

It an be also used to make this Instant Pot borscht (Beet soup) or even a delicious smoothie.

What are beets?

The beets are root vegetable, and well-known health and immune-boosting goldmine. They have many health benefits, and some studies show that the beets are excellent for heart health, they may lower the blood pressure, and also purify your blood and liver.

Do I need to use a trivet?

Yes. You should place the beets on the Instant Pot trivet. You can use the metal one that comes with the Instant Pot.

If you do not use the trivet, the beets will be directly in the water on the bottom of the Instant Pot. The taste would be the same, but it may result in fall apart beets.

Does the size matter?

As with any root vegetables that come in different sizes, cooking time may vary depending on the size and the texture you like.

Here are some cooking time according to the size of the beets.

Beet Size
Cooking time
5-inch 10-15 minutes
6-inch 14-18 minutes
7-inch 18-24 minutes
8-inch 25-30 minutes
9-inch 35-40 minutes
10-inch + Contact Guinness Book of Records

Alternatively, you can cut your big beets into smaller pieces in order to decrease the cooking time.

How to serve

Once cooked, let the beets cool down. Peel the beets (or not because the skin is edible) and afterward, slice or chop them. You can serve beets as a side dish, with some fish, goat's cheese, turn them into a salad, or simply enjoy as a snack.

Good to know: the beets are slightly sweet so they need something acidic (lemon or vinegar) to complement them. 

How to make

Gather your ingredients:

Pour 1 cup of water into the Instant Pot and place the metal trivet on the bottom.

Trim the beets and place them on top of the trivet.

Lock the lid into place. Select Manual and set to High pressure. Cook for 15 minutes. You may increase the cooking time depending on your beets' size.

Once done, perform a quick pressure release.

Peel the beets and serve.

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Looking for more ideas? Check out the healthy Instant Pot recipes page.

Instant Pot Beets

One of the nutritious and beautifully colored side dishes for dinner meals…
5 from 5 votes
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Beets
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 17 minutes
Servings: 5


  • 4 whole fresh beets unpeeled, with the ends trimmed off
  • 1 cup water
  • butter to taste. optional.


  • Wash and trim the beets. No need to peel.
  • Place a trivet in the bottom of the Instant Pot and add 1 cup of water.
  • Place the beets on the trivet.
  • Close the lid and cook at high pressure for 15 minutes.
  • When cooking time ends, perform a quick release.
  • Once done, open the lid and peel the beets.
  • Serve with butter or any other topping 🙂


Sodium: 2mg Calcium: 1mg

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2 thoughts on “Instant Pot Beets

    1. Good question! First, I would cook the beets according to the recipe exactly. After they are cooked, peel and slice them, then place them into a pickling liquid. A simple pickling liquid would be 1/2 cup vinegar + 2 tbsp of sugar or honey with some salt and pepper. Then let them sit for at least 24 hours and they will be pickled!

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