Learn how to cook fork tender and moist beets in Instant pot. You will love this easy and effortless method to cook juicy sweet beautiful colored beetroots in a jiffy.
On the surface, beetroots look hard as a rock and difficult to cook. But pressure cooking them helps retain their moisture. So, the result is tender and soft beets that you can use in multiple dishes.
It is super easy to make InstantPot Steamed Beets. Home cooked beets taste so much better than canned / preserved store brought beets. Once you get hang of cooking it, you will never want to buy them canned again
This also is very economical and budget friendly recipe. Fresh beets are plentiful and super reasonably priced. So buy it in bulk, cook it at once and freeze them in individual portions. You will also love the money savings!
Cooked beets give any dish a little sweetness and a burst of gorgeous ruby color. Enjoy these earthy, flavorful natural candy as is, as a side or in a salad!
WHY SHOULD YOU INCLUDE BEETS IN ROUTINE HEALTHY DIET?
- Beets are considered superfoods.
- They are powerful color in “eat your rainbow ” vegetable theme.
- A natural sweetener to satisfy sweet cravings.
- Beets are full of variety of nutrients, vitamins (especially folate), minerals and antioxidants.
- They are filling due to complex carbs yet low in calories and fat.
- They help detoxifying your liver
- Considered good source of anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties.
- Great as immunity booster and improving hemoglobin.
USES AND RECIPE SUGGESTIONS FOR INSTANTPOT STEAMED BEETS
You can use them in making different salads and sandwiches, rice and risotto, dips and hummus as well as soups and stews. Many folks include them daily breakfast juice and smoothies.
One of our popular recipe Blushing Beets Pesto Pasta. We also love to combine multiple colors of food in this Kale Harvest salad. You can also make Beet Carpaccio by thinly slicing the beets. Serve it with Cilantro Jalapeno Hummus for healthy and gorgeous looking snack or light lunch.
HOW TO COOK BEETS IN INSTANT POT
Try to buy beets that are same size. It helps with even cooking.
Wash and trim the beets leaves (if there are any).
Pour a cup of water into the Instant Pot. Place a steamer basket / trivet inside the Instant Pot and arrange the beets on top.
You can also use a steamer basket. Close the Instant Pot lid, with vent on SEALING. Choose the timing based on the size of the raw beets below.
Once InstantPot finishes cooking, wait on keep on timer for at least 10 minutes. You can release leftover pressure after that my moving the valve from SEALING to VENTING.
Open the lid and check if beets are cooked by inserting a clean knife or fork. If it goes through easily, the beets are cooked.
Remove the beets from the Instant Pot and on to a plate. Once beets are cool, peel off the skin. ( to avoid stains, use gloves or paper towel)
Slice or cut into desired pieces. Garnish them with your choice of toppings and enjoy!
BEST WAY TO COOK BEETS
Beets can be eaten raw if they are tender and super fresh. You can also make them boiled, steamed or roasted.
SUGGESTED TIME TO COOK BEETS IN ELECTRIC PRESSURE COOKER
Cook on MANUAL or PRESSURE COOK (high) Mode. The size of the beets will determine how many minutes you need to cook whole beets.
- small size – cook for 10-12 minutes
- medium size beets – choose between 15-18 minutes and
- larger beets – cook for 20-25 minutes.
- If you cut the beets in half or into quarters, you can reduce cooking time to 10 minutes across the board.
BOILING VS STEAMING THE BEETS
I know it’s a personal preference but I prefer to steam beets instead of boiling them in water. Steaming helps retain nutrients better. When you boil them and discard the water, nutrients go with it.
Use steamer basket or trivet to elevate the beets without touching the water while cooking. Cover and cook so the moisture and nutrients get locked in.
HOW TO STORE STEAMED BEETS
Let the cooked beets cool down completely. Peel them and cut the beets into desired pieces. Store it in air-tight container or zip lock bags for 3-5 days in the refrigerator. Use it as desired.
CAN YOU FREEZE BEETS
Raw beets do not freeze well. However cooked beats do a fantastic job of retaining the flavor and texture. To freeze your cooked beets, allow them to fully cool down. Then transfer to a freezer bag or airtight container. They can be stored in freezer up to 3 + months.
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- 8-10 Small size raw beets
- 1 -1.5 cup water
Wash and trim the beets leaves
Pour a cup of water into the Instant Pot. Place a steamer basket or trivet inside the Instant Pot and arrange the beets on top of that. Close the Instant Pot lid, with the 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.
After Instantpot finishes cooking and goes on KEEP WARM timer mode, let pressure release naturally, around 10 minutes, and then manually remove the remaining pressure by moving the valve from SEALING to VENTING.
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!
Cooking Time Suggestions :
For small size cook for 10-12 minutes,
for medium size beets between 15-18 minutes and
for larger beets cook for 20-25 minutes.
If you cut the beets in half or into quarters, you can reduce cooking time to 10 minutes across the board
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