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How to cook beets - Instant Pot, Stovetop, Oven

Jyoti Behrani
How to cook beets or beetroots – This quick and easy recipe, is to cook tender, juicy, candy-like beets.
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American, Indian
Servings 3

Ingredients
  

  • 3 medium beets or beetroots
  • salt & pepper, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil, optional

Instructions
 

HOW TO PREP BEETS

  • Trim the beet greens, leaving about an inch of stem attached.
  • Gently scrub the beets with a vegetable brush to remove any dirt and debris. Wash the beets thoroughly.

HOW TO COOK BEETS IN AN INSTANT POT

  • Pick beets of somewhat equal size when cooking together.
  • You will need Steamer rack trivet OR Steamer basket
    Pour a cup of water into the Instant Pot. Place a trivet inside the Instant Pot and arrange the beets on top of the trivet. Close the Instant Pot lid, with a 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.
    Small size: 10-12 minutes
    Medium size: 15-18 minutes
    Large size: 20-25 minutes
  • Let pressure release naturally, around 10 minutes, and then manually remove the remaining pressure. 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 onto 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!

HOW TO COOK BEETS ON STOVETOP

  • Place the beets in a large pot and cover them with water.
  • Bring the water to a boil, reduce the heat to low, and simmer until fork-tender. For small to medium 20-25 minutes. For large beets 45-60 minutes.
  • Immediately removed the cooked beets from the hot water and allow them to cool.
  • Peel off the skin and enjoy beets.

HOW TO ROAST WHOLE BEETS IN AN OVEN 

  • Pat dry beets with a paper towel to remove any extra moisture.
  • Arrange the beets in a baking dish. Drizzle some olive oil to coat the beats. Sprinkle some salt and pepper. Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil.
  • Roast beets at 400°F until fork-tender. Depending upon the size of the beets, it can take from 30 minutes to an hour. For small to medium-size beets, roast for 30-45 minutes. For large beets, roast for 60 minutes or until fork-tender.
  • Remove beets from the oven, allow them to cool for 15-20 minutes. Cut the stem, and peel off the skin.

HOW TO STORE COOKED BEETS

  • Peel and slice or cut the beets into desired pieces. Store it in airtight container for 3-5 days in the refrigerator. Use it as desired.

Notes

Adjust the cooking time depending upon the size of the beets. 
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