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!
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)
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Slice the Insta Pot beets, serve, and relish the taste of unprocessed beets!
Place cooled beets in an air-tight container and refrigerate for up to 4 days.
You can also pressure cook beets in the Instant Pot. Just use the same cooking times and follow the manual instructions.
More Delicious Recipes
- Slow Cooker Boston Baked Beans
- Ninja Foodi Mexican Pinto Beans (Charro Beans)
- Slow Cooker Lentil Soup Recipe
- Slow Cooker Beef Stew
Ninja Foodi Pressure Cooker Fresh Beets Recipe
- 6 beets medium, about 3 inches in diameter
- 1 1/2 cups water
- Kosher salt optional
- black pepper Freshly ground, optional
- 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.
- 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
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! 🙂
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!