How to Cook Beets in the Instant Pot

Learn how to cook beets in the Instant Pot. It’s really fast and the skins peel right off after they’re cooked, which means less mess.

Learn how to cook beets in the Instant Pot. It's really fast and the skins peel right off after they're cooked, which means less mess. 

I absolutely adore beets. Not only do they taste delicious, but the color is just stunning. I always marvel at the natural beauty of them when they’re cooked and cut up like little jewels.

I know how to roast beets really easily, but I figured there had to be a faster way to pressure cook them in the Instant Pot. The Instant Pot is my new best friend, these days. I’m known to keep cooked beets on hand so I can whip up a batch of my Borscht whenever I want, or if I have friends stop by I can make some Beet Hummus quickly.

The Instant Pot came through again, and I was right! It’s a faster and easier way to cook beets perfectly every time. I’ll tell you how I do it.

You want to work with really clean beets. I spend some time scrubbing them, and then I trim off the greens on the stems, leaving about 1 inch. Don’t throw away those greens though, here’s how I cook beet greens – they’re delicious.

To cook them, all you do is add some water to the bottom of the Instant Pot and put the beets on in. I pressure cook them for 20 minutes and let it naturally release for a bit before releasing the pressure manually.

Once you let them cool to the touch, the skin slides right off. You won’t believe it! Make sure you peel them on a plastic cutting board or over the sink so the mess stays contained and you don’t stain anything.

Now you have perfectly cooked beets to use in whatever you’d like.


How to Cook Beets in the Instant Pot

  • Author: Allie McDonald
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 8


Learn how to cook beets in the Instant Pot. It’s really fast and the skins peel right off after they’re cooked, which means less mess.


  • 1 lb. beets (about 3 large, or 5 small)
  • 1 cup water


  1. Scrub the beets well and trim the greens off, leaving a 1-inch stem.
  2. Pour the water into the bottom of the Instant Pot.
  3. Place the clean beets in the Instant Pot.
  4. Put the lid on and turn the valve to “Sealing”.
  5. Select “Pressure Cook” or “Manual” on high pressure and set the cycle to 20 minutes.
  6. Allow the cycle to run and let the Instant Pot naturally release for 10 minutes.
  7. Carefully perform a manual release.
  8. Remove the beets from the Instant Pot, and allow them to cool so you can handle them without burning yourself.
  9. On a plastic cutting board, or over the sink, peel the skin off the beets simply by pressing with your fingers. They should slip right off.
  10. Serve or store in the fridge for about a week!
How to Cook Beets in the Instant Pot

25 responses to “How to Cook Beets in the Instant Pot”

  1. Elle says:

    If I double or triple this recipe, do I have to double or triple water and cooking times?

    • Christine Pittman says:

      Elle, You don’t have to add extra water. As to the cooking time, I’m not positive. You see, the extra beets will mean that it will take longer for the pot to heat fully and reach pressure. That added heating time might be enough to make up for the difference. I think that if the beets aren’t too large and if they are all of similar size, it should work in the time given. 20 minutes is quite a lot. However, if I’m wrong, you can always do another round of 5 minutes. Then you will know for next time. If it does take longer, please come back and let us know. I’d really appreciate it!

  2. RomyNJ says:

    Wow! First time making beets in the instant pot. 
    I had some red and golden with different sizes. 
    The cooking time was just right. 
    Thank you for sharing. 

  3. Hills says:

    Brilliant easy recipe and tastes delicious.

  4. Cindy Biggs says:

    Brian. You can use that beautiful beet water as a stain. Make tyedied tshirts or dye the whole shirt or cloth. It will stain wood also.

  5. Dianne Thomson says:

    Brian the purpose of leaving the stems and about 1/4 inch of the tops is to preserve the Nutritional value of the beets.

  6. Brian says:

    Has anyone done anything with the water that’s left over?
    I don’t leave the stems and I end up with this beautiful dark colored water afterwards.  I’m wondering if it can serve a better purpose than going down the drain.

    • Christine Pittman says:

      I have not done anything with the liquid, Brian. However, you could definitely add it to any soup that is already red or dark-colored just for extra flavor. You could add it to a lighter soup or broth but it would tint it.

  7. Cheryl says:

    These look delicious, and fast to make in the Instant Pot.

  8. Rebekah Kalinowski says:

    I love sweet potatoes in the IP, never thought about beets until now!

  9. Calvin says:

    Nice way to cut down the mess from preparing beets, instant pot does it all I see.

  10. Deborah Waddell says:

    Perfect way to do beets for salads.

  11. Angelica says:

    I hate to admit it but I’ve never once cooked beets without peeling them first. I had no idea!! I hate peeling them so much!! Yet another awesome use for my instant pot!

  12. Sarah L says:

    I think beets are underrated. You do have to watch out that they don’t stain.

  13. Sandy says:

    Made these last night and used them in a salad. Very easy to do and cheaper than canned beets.

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