Instant Pot Beets

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This simple method of cooking instant pot beets makes the perfect buttery texture with the signature sweet taste of this unique vegetable.

>> Like beets? You will want to try this Easy Instant Pot Borscht Recipe.

Beet salad with goat cheese and pine nuts

Making beets can be a bit of a hassle, boiling them is somewhat of a long process and can make your whole house smell like beets! Now you can make them in the instant pot faster and with less work, just like you can with Corn on the Cob and Baked Potatoes.

Beets are such a versatile vegetable, and it’s a shame so many people miss out on them. Having an Instant Pot makes preparing beets so much easier. Not to mention that they come out perfectly cooked, buttery, and ready to eat every time!

Ingredients to Make Instant Pot Beets

For this recipe all you’ll need is:

  • 1-2 lbs beets
  • 1 cup water

You can use any type of beets that you want. If you’re not up for staining your hands red, you can use yellow or golden beets instead of red. Or you could use a mixture of both if you want some pretty colors in whatever you’re using the beets for.

How to Make Instant Pot Beets

The process for making these simple instant pot beets is super easy.

First, scrub your beets well and cut or twist off the tops (you can use the beet leaves in another recipe to cut down on food waste).

Fresh beets with stems and leaves

Set up your Instant Pot by placing your trivet in the bottom, then adding the water. Put your beets onto the trivet before locking the lid of your pot.

Cook on high pressure for 20 minutes, then allow a natural pressure release for ten more minutes. Once that’s over, you can manually release the rest of the pressure from the Instant Pot.

Beets in the Instant Pot

Carefully remove the beets from the Instant Pot. I say carefully because they are going to be extremely hot! Place the beets into a bowl to cool, usually thirty minutes to an hour will do the trick.

You want them to be nearly all cooled because once they are, gently rub the outside of the beets to peel the skin off. When the skin is off, you’re done and your beets are ready to eat.

Try them in this beet salad with toasted spice vinaigrette.

Tips and Tricks

You can use a vegetable peeler to remove the beets’ skin before putting them into the instant pot. But akin to carrots, you actually don’t have to peel beets at all. They’re perfectly safe to eat without peeling, and taking the skin off is a matter of personal preference and/or what you’re using the beets for.

Beet juice will stain anything that it touches. While the yellow beets don’t stain as badly as the red it is good to know going in. If you don’t want red or yellow hands for a day or two try using food grade kitchen gloves while peeling.

A cooked and peeled beet

While you can use either golden or red beets, it’s important to choose the right one for your tastes and the recipe you’re making with them. Golden beets aren’t as sweet as red beets, and are overall more earthy and mellow. If you like beets for their distinct sweetness, stick with the red beets.

Why Use An Instant Pot?

The Instant Pot is one of the most useful kitchen appliances you can buy, because it drastically cuts down on the cooking time for developing flavors in soups and stews, getting tough cuts of meat tender, and even baking a cheesecake. And there are many accessories that will help you get more out of your Instant Pot.

If you don’t have one yet, check out our guide on which one to buy. Also see our guide to How to Use an Instant Pot for more information.

Cooked, peeled and sliced beets

How Long Do Beets Last?

Raw or uncooked beets will last for a month or more in the crisper drawer of the refrigerator. Twist off the stems and store, checking them periodically for freshness.

Cooked beets will last 3-5 days in the an air tight container in the refrigerator. Though they never last that long at my house.

» Check out our Instant Pot Cooking Times Cheat Sheet so you never have to look up times again for your favorite foods you make in the pressure cooker. Print or bookmark it so you always have it handy!


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Cooked and peeled beets

Instant Pot Beets

This simple method of cooking Instant Pot beets makes the perfect buttery texture with the signature sweet taste of this unique vegetable.

Note: Made in a 6-qt Instant Pot

4.97 from 27 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Pressurize Time 10 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 6 Servings
Calories 33 kcal



  • 1-2 pounds beets
  • 1 cup water


  • Scrub and cut the tops off the beets.
  • Place the trivet in the Instant Pot and pour in the water. Position the beets on the trivet.
  • Lock the lid and set to high pressure for 20 minutes. When the time is up, allow a natural pressure release for 10 minutes, then manually release the remaining pressure.
  • Remove the beets to a bowl to cool. Once cooled, remove the peel by rubbing the beets with your fingers.



Calories: 33kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 61mgPotassium: 246mgFiber: 2gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 25IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 13mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Beets
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Cooked and sliced beets

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