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Cooked quartered beets on white plate with pressure cooker in the background

Instant Pot Beets

Instant Pot Beets are easy to cook in your electric pressure cooker. Eat them right away or make your favorite pressure cooker beets recipes from them!

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword pressure cooker beets
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 2 - 6
Calories 59 kcal
Author Sandy Clifton


  • 1 1/2 cups Water for the pressure cooker
  • Whole Fresh Beets (unpeeled, with the ends trimmed off)


  1. Pour the water into the inner liner of the Instant Pot.

  2. Place the trivet/steamer rack in the pot.

  3. Rinse and scrub the beets, but don't peel or cut them. Place them on the trivet/rack in the pot.

  4. Close the lid of the pressure cooker and set the steam release knob to the Sealing position.

  5. See cook times below to choose the time to cook your beets.

  6. Press the Manual (or Pressure Cook) button, and use the +/- button to adjust the cook time in minutes (times are below). High Pressure.

  7. When cook cycle is done, wait 5 minutes and then do a Quick Release of the pressure. Do this in short bursts at first to ensure no beet juice spews out with the steam.

Beet (Beetroot) Cook Times*

  1. Smaller Beets - 7-10 minutes (some beets are really small 1" - 2" in diameter, so cook those on the lesser time).

    Medium Beets - 12-15 minutes (about the size of a lemon)

    Large Beets - 20-25 minutes (when I get the ones that are the size of a baseball, I cook them for 25 minutes)

    *If you like a very tender, soft result, add 2 minutes, or let Naturally Release for about 5 minutes. Results may vary depending on age of beets, your altitude, your brand of pressure cooker, etc.

Recipe Notes

I have a recipe booklet that belonged to my Nana from 1946 called Cooking Made Easy with a Wear-Ever Pressure Cooker. The beet cooking times come from there, and were modified for the electric pressure cooker from tests I've done. Your results may vary.