Instant Pot® Vegan Borscht


My version of traditional Eastern European beet root soup, made without animal products and to be cooked in an Instant Pot®. It's very easy to make: Just cut and prepare the veggies, put them into the pot, and start the Soup program. Then you can go do other stuff. This recipe yields about 5 or 6 liters of borscht. Lasts me a week. By the way, it's often said that borscht gets tastier in the refrigerator.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
55 mins
Additional Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 25 mins
6 liters


  • 1 tablespoon canola oil, or as needed

  • ½ large onion, diced

  • 8 cups water, divided

  • ½ medium head cabbage, finely shredded

  • ¾ pound beets, grated

  • ½ pound potatoes, cut into small cubes

  • 2 carrots, grated

  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped (Optional)

  • 3 bay leaves

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste


  1. Turn on a multi-functional pressure cooker (such as Instant Pot®) and select Saute function. Add oil and onion. Cook, stirring often, until translucent, 3 to 5 minutes. Add a splash of water to stop cooking.

  2. Add 8 cups water, cabbage, beets, potatoes, carrots, bell pepper, bay leaves, salt, and pepper to the pot. Close and lock the lid. Select high pressure according to manufacturer's instructions; set timer for 40 minutes. Allow 10 to 15 minutes for pressure to build.

  3. Release pressure carefully using the quick-release method according to manufacturer's instructions, about 5 minutes. Unlock and remove the lid.

Cook's Note:

To serve, add maybe a tablespoon of vegan sour cream (I like Tofutti(R) in the white package). It's to be stirred before eating. It's optional though, and I often eat this borscht without it. Add some green onions or dill weed (optional). Another idea is to add some croutons. Eat borscht with bread; rye is authentic. Alternatively, I often toast some tortillas.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

56 Calories
1g Fat
10g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 56
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 1g 2%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Sodium 52mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 10g 4%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 28mg 141%
Calcium 29mg 2%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 301mg 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.