bowl of borscht with sour cream

Pressure Cooker Borscht

Homemade garden fresh Borscht is packed with vegetables and cooked perfectly tender in beef broth. This recipe is quick and easy because of the Instant Pot!

Course Main Course
Cuisine Eastern European
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Pressure building 15 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 71 kcal


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion sliced
  • 4 large beets peeled and sliced into thick matchsticks (about 2 1/2 pounds)
  • 3 large carrots peeled and sliced into thick matchsticks (about 12 ounces)
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 medium potatoes peeled and sliced into thick matchsticks (about 1 pound)
  • 2 quarts beef broth divided
  • 1 tbsp kosher salt
  • half head green cabbage sliced thin
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup fresh dill packed
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • more salt and freshly ground pepper to taste


  1. Use the saute mode on your Instant Pot or electric pressure cooker to heat the oil. Add the onion, beets, carrots and garlic. Allow to cook, stirring only occasionally, for about 10 minutes.

  2. Add the potatoes, 1 quart of beef broth, and 1 tablespoon of kosher salt. Seal lid and cook on high pressure for 15 minutes.

  3. Quick release pressure. If pressure cooker is big enough to accommodate cabbage and remaining beef broth, add now, seal lid, and cook on high pressure for 2 minutes. If not, transfer all ingredients from pressure cooker into large pot on stove, add cabbage and remaining broth, and bring to a boil. Cook just until cabbage softens.

  4. Add red wine vinegar and fresh dill. Stir well and add salt and pepper, to taste. Borscht should be thick enough that it can nearly hold your spoon up, but there should be enough broth to make it resemble a soup. Serve each bowl with 2 tablespoons of sour cream.

Nutrition Facts
Pressure Cooker Borscht
Amount Per Serving
Calories 71 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 3mg1%
Sodium 1787mg78%
Potassium 303mg9%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 4785IU96%
Vitamin C 5.4mg7%
Calcium 68mg7%
Iron 0.7mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.