Instant Pot Borscht – Ukrainian Recipe

Published on Sep 25, 2019

  by   Kristina Stosek

2 reviews

Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 20 minutes Serves: 6 - 8
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Thick, rich, and packed with nutrients, instant pot borscht. There are different variations of borscht, it all depends on what you like. Some are made with meat or meat broth, and others are vegetarian with vegetables you have on hand.

However, beet is always the main ingredient that gives it the reddish-purple color, and cabbage makes the soup hearty. I added mushrooms and white kidney beans to this recipe for extra flavor and texture without adding meat.

two bowl of Ukrainian borscht made in an Instant Pot

variations of borscht recipes

There are three popular types of borscht. The most popular is the traditional hot Ukrainian borscht made with beets, cabbage, other vegetables and with or without meat.

The second is cold borscht which is made mainly with beets and is served during summer months.

The third is green borscht made in early spring with sorrel, parsley, potatoes, onions and egg. But all three versions are served with sour cream or thick yogurt and fresh dill.

When we look at today’s borscht recipes, you will find that they have tomatoes and tomato paste added to them. In ancient times there were no tomatoes, or even potatoes added.

There are many discussion as to whether borscht is Ukrainian or Russian national dish. From all the research that I have done, borscht originated in Ukraine. 

Can I freeze Borscht Made in an Instant Pot?

Yes, Borscht freezes well. Allow it to cool completely before transferring it to a freezer-safe container. It can be stored in the freezer for 4 – 5 months

2 bowls of borscht made in an instant pot

Is Borscht Nutritious?

What I love about this instant pot borscht is that it is nutritious, low in calories, and cooks in a fraction of the time it would take, making it the traditional way using a slow cooker.

Both beets and cabbage are a great source of nutrients, including vitamin C, fiber, folate, vitamin K and are known to help keep inflammation in check.

Whether you are following a low-calorie diet or looking for a fiber rich soup, this recipe is for you. This delicious Ukrainian dish can be served as a starter or as a main with simple potatoes with parsley or gluten-free crusty rolls.

The best part, this hearty soup is even more delicious the next day, or the day after as the flavours develop with each day.

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