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How to cook beets or beetroots in Instant pot – This quick and easy recipe, to cook tender, juicy, candy like beets in a pressure cooker. Enjoy these earthy, flavorful beets as it is, as a side or in a salad! 

 

 

 

My mom used to make these beets in a stove top pressure cooker. It was such a quick and healthy dish that could be enjoyed as it is or as a side. My mom used to call them sweet, candy like. And yes, that’s how me and my brother learned to eat beets as a kid. Seriously, they tasted just like candy and I could just eat them whole day. LOL!!!

Whenever, I make beets at home, they come out tender, moist, perfectly cooked beets every time. My kids absolutely love these sweet, juicy, candy like beets. I try to incorporate as many veggies as I can into our diet and what a great way to enjoy these flavorful and healthy beets.

BEETS NUTRITIONAL VALUES

Beetroots or beets have great nutritional value. They are low in calories and a great source of nutrients such as vitamins, minerals. They are also good source of folic acid and fiber. Beets are delicious and due to its nutritional benefits, can easily fit into a well-balanced, healthy diet.

 

 

 

HOW TO COOK BEETS

Beets can be boiled, steamed or roasted, either way these turn out amazing. Sharing recipe for steaming beets in a pressure cooker (Instant Pot, Stove Top) and also how to roast beets in an oven. Enjoy these delicious, candy like sweet beets as a side or in a salad!

FOR STEAMING BEETS YOU WILL NEED

For steaming beets in Instant pot or in a stove top pressure cooker, you will need a trivet, a steamer basket or a steaming rack. Either one would work fine. I am using the trivet that came with my Instant Pot. I will leave a link to this and a steamer basket, if you would like to check it out.

 


 

HOW TO COOK BEETS IN INSTANT POT

Pick beets with somewhat equal size when cooking together. Wash and trim the beets leaves (if there are any).

Pour a cup of water into the Instant Pot. Place a trivet inside the Instant Pot and arrange the beets on top of the trivet. You can also use a steamer basket. Close the Instant Pot lid, with vent on “sealing”.

Cook on Manual or Pressure cook (high) for ” ** “minutes depending upon the size of the beets.

** For small size cook for 10-12 minutes, for medium size beets somewhere between 15-18 minutes and for larger beets cook for 20-25 minutes.

 

 

Let pressure release naturally, around 10 minutes, and then manually remove the remaining pressure. Open the lid and check if beets are cooked by inserting a clean knife. If it goes through easily, the beets are cooked. If required cook for additional few minutes.

Remove the beets from the Instant Pot and on to a plate. Once beets are cool, peel off the skin using your hands or with the help of a paper towel.

Slice or cut into desired pieces. Enjoy beets as a side or in a salad!

Pic Shown: Beets cooked in Instant Pot.

 

 

 

HOW TO COOK BEETS IN STOVE TOP PRESSURE COOKER

Follow the same recipe as discussed earlier for Instant Pot. After the first whistle, reduce the heat and cook for “**” minutes depending upon the size of the beets.

** For small size cook for 8-10 minutes, for medium size beets somewhere between 13-15 minutes and for larger beets cook for 20-22 minutes. Rest of the recipe is same as Instant Pot.

 

 

 

HOW TO COOK BEETS IN THE OVEN

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Wash and trim the beets leaves (if there are any). Arrange the beets in the oven proof baking dish, 9*13 inches or large enough to hold the beets. Pour 1 cup of water into the baking dish. Cover the baking dish with some aluminium foil.

Roast for 50-60 minutes. Check halfway through for the water, if it is dry, add couple of tablespoons of water into the baking dish and return it to the oven.

Check if beets are cooked by inserting a clean knife or a fork. If the knife goes through easily, that means the beets are cooked. If required cook beets for additional few minutes.

Remove from the oven, uncover and let it cool. Transfer the beetroots to a clean plate or a cutting board. Peel the skin off using your hands or with the help of paper towel.

Slice or cut into desired pieces. Enjoy beets as a side or in a salad!

 

 

 

CAN I COOK BEETS WITHOUT TRIVET

Yes, absolutely, you can cook beets without the trivet or steamer basket. In that case, you would be basically boiling the beets instead of steaming them.

Add water to the Instant Pot or stove top pressure cooker, arrange beets in the pot and follow the same recipe as discussed earlier.

DO I HAVE TO PEEL THE SKIN

The skin of the beets is edible once it is cooked. It is personal preference to leave the skin on or not of the beets. However, I prefer to peel the skin, once the beets are cooked. 

WHAT HERBS GO WELL WITH BEETS

Beets have a nice earthy, sweet flavors. They pair well with warm and aromatic herbs and spices. I love the combination of fresh herbs such as coriander, dill, thyme and basil.  

HOW TO SERVE BEETS

You can serve beets as a side or enjoy it in a salad. Beets are naturally sweet, but you can enhance the sweetness by adding some Balsamic vinegar or drizzle some honey.

I like my beets with just a sprinkle of Himalayan pink salt and freshly, crushed, coarse black pepper. When you bite on the freshly ground coarse black pepper with beets, it just adds a bust of flavor. I absolutely devour it.

 

 

 

HOW TO STORE BEETS

Peel and slice or cut the beets into desired pieces. Store it in air tight container for 3-5 days in the refrigerator. Use it as desired.

 

Here are some more Instant Pot (Pressure cooker) recipes:

Instant Pot Baked Potatoes

How to Steam Broccoli – Instant Pot

How To Cook Basmati Rice – Instant Pot

How to cook Chickpeas – Instant Pot

Instant Pot Perfect Boiled Baby Potatoes

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How to cook beets - Instant Pot, Pressure Cooker

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American, Indian
Keyword beets,beetroots,how to cook beets, instant pot,instant pot beets,pressure cooker, pressure cooker beets,roasted beets,oven roasted beets
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Author Jyoti Behrani

Ingredients

  • 3 medium beets or beetroots
  • Salt & pepper, to taste

Instructions

Beets Cooking Guide:

  • Small size: 10-12 minutes
    Medium size: 15-18 minutes
    Large size: 20-25 minutes

Equipment required:

Instant Pot Instructions for cooking beets:

  • Wash and trim the beets leaves (if there are any).
  • Pour a cup of water into the Instant Pot. Place a trivet inside the Instant Pot and arrange the beets on top of the trivet. Close the Instant Pot lid, with vent on “sealing”.
  • Cook on Manual or Pressure cook (high) for 15 minutes.
    Note: Adjust the cooking time depending upon the size of the beets.
  • Let pressure release naturally, around 10 minutes, and then manually remove the remaining pressure. Open the lid and check if beets are cooked by inserting a clean knife. If it goes through easily, the beets are cooked. If required cook for additional few minutes.
  • Remove the beets from the Instant Pot and on to a plate. Once beets are cool, peel off the skin using your hands or with the help of a paper towel.
  • Slice or cut into desired pieces. Enjoy beets as a side or in a salad!

Notes

Adjust the cooking time depending upon the size of the beets. 
Please refer to the post for the following:
  1. HOW TO COOK BEETS IN STOVE TOP PRESSURE COOKER
  2. HOW TO COOK BEETS IN THE OVEN
  3. CAN I COOK BEETS WITHOUT TRIVET
  4. HOW TO SERVE & STORE BEETS

 

Jyoti Behrani

Hello!! Welcome to my blog, my journey Living Smart and Healthy! Cook with me easy and authentic Indian food and around the globe. Will be sharing tips and tricks on easy authentic cooking, without spending hours in the kitchen or comprising on authentic flavors. Keeping things simple and healthy is what I am all about. Life is simple, so lets keep cooking simple too!!

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