Instant Pot beets whole have never been easier to make! Using your multipot pressure cooker you too can make vegetables tender and flavorful in no time at all.
Do you love a beet side dish but have never made it at home yourself? Well if you follow this easy Instant Pot beets recipe you’ll be amazed at how simple it is to go from fresh but hard out of the garden to tender and delicious! Just one of many Instant Pot recipes here on The Typical Mom blog. (originally published 5/19, affiliate links present)
Instant Pot Beets Whole
This is a very underestimated vegetable for sure. If you have never tried them it is all about the seasonings and getting them soft so the texture is perfect. First we made air fryer beets, good but not as fork tender. All you need is an electric pressure cooker, a trivet or steamer basket and that is it! You’ll get tender bites of really healthy veggies in no time.
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You don’t need to have an official IP either. We make these in our Crockpot express or Ninja Foodi pots too and those work just as well. You could slice or make them cubed to begin with but why? It is easier to just throw them in and when they are soft and easier to cut you can get all that done.
If you are new to pressure cooking we have a lot of easy one pot meal recipes for you here. To begin with let’s start with a few basic tips:
- Make sure to Bookmark our InstaPot recipes page. We add new ones each week!
- Then PRINT this —–> Instant Pot cooking times cheat sheet that will help you understand how long meat, vegetables and beans take to cook in your pressure cooker.
For reference, this is the pressure cooker I have (a 6 quart) and use for all recipe creations.
Instant Pot Beets without Steamer Basket
I do have all the things and this is an option to keep them out of the hot water at the bottom but you can skip that. Just use the trivet your pot came with is all you need if left whole as you see here.
Instant Pot Golden Beets
You can use this timing and instructions for both red and yellow versions. Works the same way. The difference between the two is these are sweeter and have more of an earthy flavor to them really. They don’t stain my fingers either like it’s counterparts.
Instant Pot Beets and Carrots
Yes! These can be cooked together with others pretty well since they are hard and need some time to get soft. We pair them together in our Instant Pot potatoes and carrots recipe too. Both are great together as side dishes.
How to cook beets?
I agree, they do look a bit intimidating. Especially right out of the ground in your garden they are hard with areas that don’t look edible. Before the emergence of the amazing electric pressure cooker I didn’t even think about attempting to cook one. BUT now it’s as easy as making baked potatoes!! If you have a Ninja Foodi you can make air fryer beets now too.
How do you prepare beets to eat?
First you have to get rid of the paper thin skin. Peel it off while it’s raw or when they’re succulently tender. Then rub the skins off with a paper towel. (note that your fingers will get quite discolored, not in a pretty way, so if this bothers you just put on a pair of gloves first.
That’s right…. Just dump a cup of cold water or so into your pot. Lower down a trivet (I like this one with handles), place the beets on top, quick release, and once your cook time is done they’re perfectly tender! You could use a steamer basket too. 😉 Are you new to this colorful vegetable??
How do beets help your body?
- They’re a great source of fiber, folate and vitamin c!
- They are also said to help lower blood pressure and improve athletic performance.
- Beets also detox the liver ridding the body of toxins and defend your body’s bile ducts.
Overall these naturally red colored and beautiful vegetables are super healthy and low in calories. You can use them in a variety of recipes too!
Can beets be eaten raw?
Now first of all….
- If you shave them thinly or grate them you can eat them raw.
- They’re much sweeter before they’re cooked actually.
Do you have to peel beets?
Yes you will want to. The outside is quite bitter, tough, and fibrous. You won’t want to eat this area and it is best to cut or peel it off before consuming.
Ways to use beets
Now after they’re done cooking, what do you do with them?
- Pickle them just like you would cabbage or cucumbers
- Mash them like potatoes and add a bit of butter and olive oil
- Slice them to put on sandwiches
- Add diced pieces into your risotto
- Blend them into your homemade tomato soup
- Drizzle with olive oil and serve as a side dish
Aren’t these gorgeous??!!
I was late to the game when it comes to this interesting veggie. Like brussel sprouts I was hesitant but I guess the older you get the more you realize that “you just never know” and you should at least try something once. Low and behold they were added to the “now I like them” list and my kids thought they were fun too. Color is everything when it comes to vegetables and kids I think.
- Speaking of color….
It might be quite alarming if you weren’t expecting it but yes, your pee might be red or pink after eating them. I know!
Not to be alarmed, it’s just the natural color coming out of you (literally). This is likely to occur when you drink beet juice too.
Studies show that 2 cups daily lowered blood pressure (obviously check with your doctor first on this), and it was safe in healthy adults.
Note: For much larger beets you may want to increase cook time to 30 minutes. 25 works for med./large but some ginormous ones may need a bit longer to become fork tender.
- Or keep same timing but allow to naturally release for 15 minutes vs. 5 to give it a bit more time to soften up.
- Timing will vary slightly according to how you like to eat beets. A bit more firm = less time, etc.. You get the idea. 😉
Instant Pot beets
Here are a few other vegetable recipes you can use as healthy side dishes:
- Try our Instant Pot spaghetti squash!
- Cheesy Instant Pot cauliflower is seriously amazing
- This creamy baked brussel sprouts and cauliflower recipe is great
- Instant Pot steamed vegetables are the way to go in order to cook several types all in one pot.
Are canned beets as good as fresh beets?
I think everyone would agree that fresh is always best if you can get it, no matter what food you’re referring to. Though both canned fruits and vegetables are nutritionally similar to fresh and frozen, and in some cases, it’s the sodium content that differs.
Ninja Foodi Beets
- Most nutrients and fiber in the canned vs. fresh cooked beets are similar.
- Canned beets have more sodium than fresh which is the biggest difference.
- Steaming them this way is best so you can control the amount of salt added especially if you have high blood pressure.
Follow the same instructions below if you want to make this as an easy Ninja Foodi recipe.
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Instant Pot Beets
- Make sure that the beets are thoroughly cleaned off to remove any dirt on their surface. Cut off any leaves and root they beets may have.
- Place the steaming rack into the pressure cooker pot, then pour in the water and arrange the beets on the steaming rack.
- Close the pressure cooker, position the valve to sealed, then select the, pressure cook setting on high for 25 minutes.
- Once time is up allow the pot to naturally release steam for 5 minutes before carefully
positioning valve to venting to release the rest of the pressure.
- Remove the beets from the pot and either allow to cool until you can handle them, or run them under cold running water.
- Peel off the skin and cut off any root or tops that may remain. Now cut or slice into any shape you’d like, I sliced the cook beets into thin(ish) wedges.
- Drizzle the olive oil over the sliced beets, then sprinkle the pepper and salt. Carefully mix
until the beet pieces are well coated in the oil, pepper and salt.
- Taste and adjust as desired. Serve at room temperature or you can also refrigerate until
ready to eat. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Enjoy!