Ninja Foodi Pressure Cooker Fresh Beets

Ninja Foodi pressure cooker fresh beets for the win! It’s never been easier to cook fresh beets! Fresh beets in under 30 minutes!

Ninja Foodi fresh beets in an oval white bowl.

I must confess that before now I have never prepared fresh beets. We love beets and usually have them from the can. Until now.

I will never be able to get away with that again. The taste of pressure cooker beets is incomparable to canned beets and the family let me know.

Ninja Foodi Pressure Cooker Fresh Beets (or Instant Pot)

Fresh beets with greens attached on a wooden cutting board.

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One of our local supermarkets had these beauties on sale for $.99 a bunch! I thought for that price I would give it a try.

Use a mixture of red beets and golden beets for a more visually colorful side dish.

Health Benefits of Beets

Beets are a great source of nutrients! Such as potassium, betaine, magnesium, folate, Vitamin C and fiber. Beets may also help with digestion, inflammation, and high blood pressure.

Does Size Matter for Cooking Times?

Yes, the size of the beets will matter when it comes to cooking time. (These are 3-inches in diameter.) Smaller beets will only take 10 to 15 minutes to cook. See notes on the recipe below for cooking minutes depending on the size of the beets.

Try to purchase beets that are equal in size. This helps with even cooking. If you have to try to cut them to a similar size.

How to Cook Fresh Beets in an Electric Pressure Cooker

Trim the beets leaving about 1/2-inch of the stem and roots. The beets won’t bleed as much red color and make peeling easier after cooking.

Save the greens! I will show you how to cook the beet greens with the Ninja Foodi in less than 5 minutes.

You can also cook the beets in Instant Pot. Using the same cooking time.

Thoroughly wash and scrub the beets. There is no need to peel them unless you just want to do that step first. I find they peel so much easier after cooking.

Raw beets with greens removed on the lower rack in the Ninja Foodi pot.

Place the rack in the pot. Pour in 1 1/2 cups of water. Lay the prepared beets in a single layer on the rack.

Put the pressure cooking lid in place and lock.  Make sure the valve is set to sealing.

Set to high pressure, push start ( I tend to forget to hit start) and cook for 30 minutes.

Yes, this beet recipe also works in the Instant Pot. I gifted my Instant Pot to my aunt so I brought her two bunches of beets and she cooked hers the same way.

I didn’t use any salt or pepper and they tasted amazing to us without any seasoning.

Cooked beets being tested with the tip of a knife for tenderness.

When the timer beeps. Turn off the Foodi and manually release the steam by turning the pressure release control to vent.

Use a sharp knife to pierce the beets to test doneness. If the knife pierces the flesh without too much resistance, they are done.

If the beets seem a little to firm for you, cook another 2-5 minutes under high pressure.

Gloved hand holding cooked beet removing the skin with a paring knife.

How to Peel Cooked Beets

Let the beets cool enough to handle easily. I highly recommend latex/rubber gloves for this job.

Once cooled trim both ends off the beet.

-You can use your hands to slip the skins off under the running water.

-Use a paring knife to gently peel the skins off.

-Use paper towels wrapped around the beet and rub gently to peel the skins off.

Pressure cooker beets sliced and piled in a white platter.

Slice the Insta Pot beets, serve, and relish the taste of unprocessed beets!

Storing

Place cooled beets in an air-tight container and refrigerate for up to 4 days.

Instant Pot Beets

You can also pressure cook beets in the Instant Pot. Just use the same cooking times and follow the manual instructions.

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Ninja Foodi fresh beets in an oval white bowl.

Ninja Foodi Pressure Cooker Fresh Beets Recipe

Fresh beets in 30 minutes! So flavorful, tender and healthy! A beautiful colorful side dish to any meal.
5 from 2 votes
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Course: Side Dish, Vegetable
Cuisine: American, Gluten-Free, Paleo, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword: fresh beets, pressure cooker
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 35kcal
Author: Leigh Harris

Ingredients
 

  • 6 beets medium, about 3 inches in diameter
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • Kosher salt optional
  • black pepper Freshly ground, optional

Instructions

  • Trim the beets leaving about 1/2-inch of the stem and roots. I do this for ease of peeling after cooking. Thoroughly wash and scrub the beets. 
  • Place the rack in the pot. Pour in 1 1/2 cups of water. Lay the prepared beets in a single layer on the rack.
  • Put the pressure cooking lid in place and lock. Make sure the valve is set to sealing.
  • Set to high pressure, push start and cook for 30 minutes.
  • When the timer beeps. Turn off the Foodi and manually release the steam by turning the pressure release control to vent.
  • Use a sharp knife to pierce the beets to test doneness. If the knife pierces the flesh without too much resistance, they are done. If the beets seem a little to firm for you, cook another 2-5 minutes under high pressure.
  • Let the beets cool long enough to handle easily.  Once cooled trim both ends off the beet. You can then use your hands to slip the skins off under running water.
  • Slice and serve.

Notes

The size of the beets will affect cooking time. 
  • 1″-2″ in diameter: 10-15 minutes high pressure
  • 2″-3″ in diameter: 15-20 minutes high pressure
  • 3″ or larger in diameter: 25-30 minutes high pressure
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Nutrition facts will depend on what type of ingredients you use. This is just an estimate. We do our best to give you nutritional information as correct as possible. Please feel free to calculate for yourself.

Nutrition

Calories: 35kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 67mg | Potassium: 267mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 27IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1mg

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2 Comments

  1. I’ve made these twice now and they’re perfect and delicious—Thanks! Note: No need to peel them—the skin is tender, delicious, and full of nutrients! 🙂5 stars

  2. Followed to the letter with one exception, Misfits Market sent me beets that are 8 inches across!

    The 30 min cooking time was followed by 8 min ROAST time and BAM, delciousness!5 stars

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