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How to Make Instant Pot Beets

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This is how to make Instant Pot Beets. This recipe is so easy to make that whether you love beets or not, you won’t have any excuse not to eat more of them.

Before I got my Instant Pot I used to make beets in my stovetop pressure cooker with this recipe. So converting it to an Instant Pot recipe was simple.

Prep the Ingredients

All you need for this one is a bunch of nice, fresh beets and water.

Fresh Beets in a stainless steel strainer

Try to choose a bunch that are even in size – not too small and not too large.

Thoroughly wash your beets and trim both the root ends, the leaf stems, and beet greens off of the bulb.

You do not need to peel the beets at this point.

washed and trimmed beets

Before you throw away those beet greens, did you know that you can eat them, too? I have a few suggestions at the end of this post, so don’t toss them just yet.

What You Will Need

To make this Instant Pot Beets recipe, I used a 6 Quart Instant Pot DUO60.

You can probably use a 3 quart or an 8 quart Instant Pot as well, but my steamer basket fits into my 6 quart just perfectly.

About that steamer basket …

You will need either a steamer basket like this one:

Stainless steel steamer basket that works with Instant Pot

Or you can use the steamer insert that came with your Instant Pot – although I haven’t tried this:

Steamer tray that came with Instant Pot

There are honestly a ton of options when it comes to steamer baskets for the Instant Pot – so just pick yours and go with it.

Instant Pot Beets

Instant Pot Beets


  • 1 bunch medium sized beets
  • 1 cup water


  1. Wash and trim the root end and the beet greens from the beets.
  2. Place a steamer basket inside the stainless steel inner pot of your Instant Pot.
  3. Fill the inner pot with enough water to a level that is just beneath the bottom holes of the steamer basket - about 1 cup. The amount will vary depending on both the size of the Instant Pot and the size/type of your steamer basket.
  4. Close and lock the lid of the Instant Pot and set the valve to the closed position.
  5. For medium sized beets, cook on Manual at High pressure for 20 minutes. You may need to adjust this time higher or lower for larger or smaller beets.
  6. When cooking is complete, turn off the Keep Warm function and let the pressure drop naturally.
  7. Remove beets from Instant Pot and let cool until you handle them comfortably.
  8. Using your fingers slip the skins off the beets.
  9. Slice and serve.
  10. Cover leftovers with water in an airtight container and store in refrigerator for up to a few days.

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