Instant Pot Rutabaga. Whether you know it as Instant Pot Rutabaga, Instant Pot Swede or Instant Pot Neeps, it is a delicious winter root vegetable that cooks so fast in the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker and tastes delicious.
I love Instant Pot Swede. I grew up on them. They were that winter root vegetable that you always had a lot of over the cold winter months. It was in season in the UK between October and Easter and always made meals taste so much better.
Plus, it was cheap too.
I would normally buy it for £1 and it would come in a vegetable pack with some parsnips and some carrots ready for making a quick British stew with.
The thing about the swede was how long it took to cut up and how easy it was to get mad with a knife and slice your finger off! And that puts a lot of people off buying them.
I was buying myself my usual swede from the supermarket last November so that we could have some in a veggie bake, as my winter Sundays always involve a veggie bake 😊 and took a closer look at the label and saw that it was called a “rutabaga”. It was Portuguese grown, but I had never seen the name rutabaga before and decided to Google it when I got home later.
I discovered that in the US they call them rutabaga and I thought this was really interesting as I didn’t know you could get them in America. I always thought they were local to the United Kingdom, as whenever I blog and mention the word “swede” I get a lot of angry people asking me what they are as they can’t find them.
I also found out that in Scotland they call them “neeps” and that they are served on Burns Night with Haggis. Well as someone that got married on Burns Night, this is new and exciting information. I have a feeling that future wedding anniversaries is going to involve neeps!
Instant Pot Rutabaga
But whether you want to call this recipe your Instant Pot Rutabaga, Instant Pot Swede or Instant Pot Neeps, I will say it is delicious and so easy to cook in the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker. You get asked when you start thinking about buying an Instant Pot about time saved with an Instant Pot, compared to not having one.
Well my Instant Pot Rutabaga is a prime example.
For 1 full swede it takes just 4 minutes to cook in the Instant Pot. In the oven roasted it takes 50 minutes, in a classic steamer it takes 15 minutes and to boil 15 minutes.
More Vegetables In The Instant Pot
- Instant Pot Asparagus
- Instant Pot Broccoli
- Instant Pot Brussel Sprouts
- Instant Pot Butternut Squash
- Instant Pot Cabbage
- Instant Pot Carrots
- Instant Pot Cauliflower
- Instant Pot Leeks
- Instant Pot Mushrooms
- Instant Pot Parsnips
- Instant Pot Turnips
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- Peel and dice the rutabaga.
- Place a cup of water in the bottom of your Instant Pot. Add the steamer shelf (trivet), then the steamer basket and then place your diced rutabaga into the basket.
- Season the rutabaga with salt and pepper.
- Place the lid on your Instant Pot, set the valve to sealing and then cook for 4 minutes on manual.
- When the Instant Pot beeps manually release pressure.
We originally cooked our rutabaga in the Instant Pot for 3 minutes and found that it wasn’t quite soft enough (think hard carrots) so the next time we did it, we cooked them for 4 minutes and it was perfect.
When prepping your rutabaga make sure that you have a sharp knife. We recommend a good knife sharpener for this. Then chop off the root, peel the rutabaga and then chop it into chunks.