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Simple, quick and delicious, these Instant Pot Beets will become your new favorite side dish! They are packed with nutrients and come out perfectly soft every time. In just 15 minutes you have a delicious and nutritious side dish that you will return to again and again.

I’m a big fan of my Instant Pot because I’m always on the go. Quick dinners have become a staple in my house, and I have a whole list of great recipes that I can make in no time, such as this Instant Pot Chili, my absolute favorite Instant Pot Beef Stew, or my popular Instant Pot Beef Stroganoff.

Multiple cooked beets in the trivet of an Instant Pot can be seen.  One is pierced with a fork.Multiple cooked beets in the trivet of an Instant Pot can be seen.  One is pierced with a fork.

Instant Pot Beets

If you’re always looking for ways to use your Instant Pot, you’ve come to the right place! I like mine because it is so easy to use. I’ve even rounded up a whole list of meals, side dishes, and easy veggies (sweet potatoes in the Instant Pot, yes please!) that you may have never thought of making with your Instant Pot. You can find that overview here). This Instant Pot Beet recipe is one of the easiest ways to get vitamins and nutrients on your plate.

Because they cook under high pressure, it only takes 10 minutes in the Instant Pot to get perfectly soft. You barely need a knife to cut them open! Beets vary in size, so if you have large beets and small beets in the same pot, I recommend making the large beets as small as the small ones so they are all done at once. I love this recipe because it’s just too easy!

Instant Pot Beet Ingredients

It doesn’t get any easier than this! That makes this one of the easiest sides you’ll ever make. The exact dimensions can be found below on the recipe card.

  • Whole beets: I bought about 5 of these, but you can do as many as work in your instant pot.
  • Water: For cooking the beets.

How to make instant pot beets

They are so easy that it doesn’t take much effort to prepare this healthy side dish.

  1. Wash and prepare: Wash and remove the stems from the whole beets.
  2. Prepare Instant Pot: Then place the trivet in the instant pot pressure cooker.
  3. Loading Instant Pot: Place the whole beets on the coasters steamer basket.
  4. Add water: Then pour the water into the instant pot.
  5. Seal: Now close the lid and make sure the instant jar is in the sealed position.
  6. Select Cooking time: Then select the high pressure or manual option and add 10 minutes to the timer.
  7. Cool: When the beets are cooked, open the lid and let the beets cool slightly before removing. Now they will be fork tender.
  8. To eat: Now enjoy as is, on salads or in recipes that call for cooked beets.
4 photo collage of beets being trimmed, washed and put in the bottom of an Instant Pot.4 photo collage of beets being trimmed, washed and put in the bottom of an Instant Pot.

What to do with beets

If you need ideas on what to do with this simple ingredient, I’ve got some great ideas! Use your creativity to work these beets into your diet.

  • In a salad: Beets add a wonderful earthy flavor to your vegetables. Try this amazing pear and beet salad and you will be addicted to beets!
  • With other root vegetables: Try these beets with other root vegetables such as carrots, parsnips and yams. They all go great together, and you could cook them all together in the instant pan for an easy and nutritious side dish.
  • With Yogurt: Listen, yogurt and beets actually go really well together! You’ll be surprised how sweet and tangy yogurt compliments the earthy beets. You can salt the beets before adding yogurt to bring more flavor into the beets.

Top down view of chopped beets in a white bowl.Top down view of chopped beets in a white bowl.

Store leftovers

Get the most out of these Instant Pot beets by preserving them with these helpful tips.

  • In the fridge: Once your beets have cooled completely, wrap them tightly in plastic wrap or place them in a airtight container and keep them in the fridge. Now they stay fresh for 3-5 days.


  • Wash and remove the stems from the whole beets.

  • Place the trivet in the instant pot.

  • Place the whole beets on the coaster.

  • Pour the water into the instant pot.

  • Close the lid and make sure the instant jar is in the sealed position.

  • Select the high pressure or manual option and add 10 minutes to the timer.

  • When the beets are cooked, open the lid and let the beets cool slightly before removing.

  • Enjoy immediately as is, on salads or in recipes that call for cooked beets.



Serves: 5

Portion1beetcalories0.4kcalCarbohydrates0.1gEgg white0.02gFat0.002gSodium3mgpotassium3mgFiber0.03gSugar0.1gVitamin A0.3IUVitamin C0.1mgCalcium2mgIron0.01mg

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is an estimate only. Every recipe and nutritional value will depend on the brands you use, measurement methods and portion sizes per household.

Class Appetizer, Side dish

kitchen American

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