Pressure Cooker Beets. Let me show you how to make beets the fast way in the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker. Once cooked, our Instant Pot Beetroot can be pickled using our quick pickle method or eaten as is.
Pressure Cooker Beets
Whether you live in Europe and call it Beetroot or are on the other side of the Atlantic and just call it Beets, it is one of those perfect single food items for cooking in the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker.
Pressure Cooker Beets has always passed me by, one of those foods that I have never bothered to eat, well until now.
You know how it is.
We all have favourite fruit and vegetables. There are just so many in different cultures around the world, that its hard to have tried the lot.
Fruit & Veg I want to try but haven’t include:
- Spaghetti Squash
But there are so many fruits and veg that I eat all the time that it never feels like I go without.
But beets have been available to me for a while, and as a child I must admit I avoided them. Kids eat with their eyes and treat anything remotely different with suspicion. I was always guilty of that and as a kid whenever anyone offered me beetroot (as I knew it as) I would flatly refuse. Well I FINALLY gave it a go recently and loved my pressure cooker beets. I can’t imagine future salads without them now AND my kids loved them.
Pressure Cooker Beets (made simple)
There is something that shouts out simplicity when you cook beets in the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker.
The method to cooking Pressure Cooker Beets is so easy you will be waiting for the difficult stage to come along BUT there isn’t one!
To make Pressure Cooker Beets YOU:
- Top and tail your beets
- Place the beets in the Instant Pot on the shelf with some water
- Pressure cook and then use QPR
- Peel and eat
I should also add that you can pickle your pressure cooker beets as well if you like them pickled and they can stay fresh in the fridge in a jar of water.
How To Pickle Your Pressure Cooker Beets
If you would like to pickle your pressure cooker beets, then all you need to do is:
Leave it overnight so that the beets have a chance to pickle properly and tuck in.
More Pressure Cooker Vegetables
My ultimate favourite vegetable is Instant Pot Broccoli as it only takes 2 minutes and you have beautiful tender broccoli afterwards.
But apart from Instant Pot Broccoli you could also try:
- Instant Pot Rutabaga (aka swede)
- Instant Pot Carrots
- Instant Pot Cabbage
- Instant Pot Cauliflower
- Instant Pot Turnips
Pressure Cooker Beets Hacks
It can be really daunting to cook pressure cooker beets for the first time, so are a few pointers to get you started:
Beets Cooking Time – The cooking time is based on a medium sized beet like you see in the photo below. If your beets are small reduce cooking time by 20% and if it is large, then increase by 20%.
Peel Beets With A Vegetable Knife – We see a lot of Instant Pot Beets recipes that call for peeling the beets once cool with your hand and that the skin just comes off. We found that this was not the case, but it was so quick to use a vegetable knife and peel it ourselves.
3 Beets Is Plenty – We found that 3 beets went a long way. We chopped 3 up and realised it would last ages. If you’re just making a family salad one small beet will be enough.
- 3 Medium Fresh Beets
- 125 ml Apple Cider Vinegar
- 62.5 ml Cold Water
- 2 Tbsp Honey
- Pinch Salt & Pepper
- Place the steamer shelf/trivet into the bottom of the Instant Pot inner pot.
- Top and tail the beets and rest them on the trivet.
- Pour 1 cup of water into the bottom of the Instant Pot.
- Place the lid on the Instant Pot, set the valve to sealing and cook for 15 minutes on manual pressure.
- Use QPR (quick pressure release) and using a ladle remove the beets from the pressure cooker. Put to one side.
- When the beets are cool enough to touch, use a vegetable knife to quickly peel.
- Slice and place in mason jars filled with cold water and store in the fridge for when you need them.
If you would like to pickle your pressure cooker beets, place pickle ingredients into a mason jar and slice and store the beets as usual as covered in step #7. Our Pressure Cooker Beets recipe is based upon medium sized beets.
Increase your time by 20% or reduce it by 20% if using large beets or small beets. We originally tried cooking our Pressure Cooker Beets for 10 minutes but found on inspection that they were still rock hard and after some testing found 15 minutes to be perfect. If in doubt place a knife through the top of a beet and if it doesn’t go through to the middle, then they need longer.
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