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How to Cook Beets in the Instant Pot

  • Author: Krista
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 12 min
  • Total Time: 17 minutes
  • Yield: 6-7 1x
  • Category: Side Dishes
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: American


How to make perfectly tender Beets in the Instant Pot in 15 minutes with just 2 ingredients. This foolproof method leaves you with soft beets every time! 


  • 67 medium sized beets or beetroot (size of a large lemon)
  • 1 1/2 cups water


  1. Wash and trim the beets. Cut the stems so that they are about 1/2 inch long.
  2. To your Instant Pot add the steaming rack inside and arrange beets on top of the rack.
  3. Pour 1 1/2 cups of water into the Instant Pot.
  4. Put the lid on and lock.
  5. Set Instant Pot to “Pressure Cooker” mode and cook on high pressure for 12 minutes.
  6. When the beets are finished cooking, do a quick release method.
  7. Unlock the lid and test the beets. Using a sharp knife poke the beets. If the knife pierces the flesh without too much resistance, they’re done. If the beets still seem a little too hard, cook them under high pressure for 2 to 5 more minutes.
  8. Let the beets rest for 10 minutes. Once cooled, slide the skin right off using your hands.
  9. Slice up and serve.
  10. Beets can be stored in an air tight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.


Slightly adapted from

The size of your Beet does matter when it comes to cooking time.

  • Smaller Beets (8-10 minutes)
  • Medium Beets (12-15 minutes)
  • Large Beets (20-30 minutes)


  • Serving Size: 1 beet
  • Calories: 56
  • Sugar: 9 g
  • Sodium: 102 mg
  • Fat: 0 mg
  • Saturated Fat: 0 mg
  • Carbohydrates: 12 g
  • Fiber: 4 g
  • Protein: 2 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

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