How to Cook Beets

Learn how to cook beets with four easy methods like steam, boil, and roast. Healthy dishes can be created using these basic techniques to maximize flavor.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Course: Side
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 24kcal
Author: Jessica Gavin

Ingredients

Boiled Beets

  • 1 pound beets 2.5 to 3 inches in size
  • 8 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

Steamed Beets

  • 1 pound beets 2.5 to 3 inches in size

Whole Roasted Beets

  • 1 pound beets 2.5 to 3 inches in size
  • olive oil as needed for drizzling
  • kosher salt as needed for seasoning
  • black pepper as needed for seasoning

Sliced Roasted Beets

  • 1 pound beets 2.5 to 3 inches in size
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

Boiled Beets

  • Trim the tops off the beets, leaving 2 inches of the stem. Wash and dry beets.
  • In a large pot add water, vinegar, and salt. Add beets, bring water to a boil, and then reduce to a simmer.
  • Cook beets until fork tender, about 30 minutes. Peel once cooled.

Steamed Beets

  • Trim the tops off the beets. Wash and srub dirt from the beets and dry well.
  • Add enough water to the bottom of a pot so that it does not rise above the steamer basket. Add basket and beets into the pot. Cover and cook on high, water should be steaming.
  • Steam until beets are fork tender, about 30 minutes. Allow beets to cool and peel. Beets can also be peeled before steaming if desired.

Whole Roasted Beets

  • Set the oven rack in the center position. Preheat oven to 400°F. Trim the tops off the beets, leaving 1/2 inch of the stem. Wash and scrub dirt from the beets and dry well.
  • Place beets on a piece of foil large enough to make a pouch. Drizzle with enough olive oil to coat the beets, then sprinkle with salt and pepper. Wrap the beets tightly in the foil and place on a sheet tray.
  • Roast the beets until fork tender, about 40 to 60 minutes, time will vary depending on the size of the beets. Check every 20 minutes for doneness. Allow beets to cool and peel.

Sliced Roasted Beets

  • Set the oven rack in the center position. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • Wash and peel beets. Cut into 1/2 to 3/4 inch thick wedges.
  • In a medium-sized bowl toss together the beets, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Place on a foil-lined sheet pan. Roast until beets are fork tender, about 25 to 30 minutes.

Nutrition

Calories: 24kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 0.1g | Saturated Fat: 0.02g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.03g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.02g | Sodium: 44mg | Potassium: 184mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 20IU | Vitamin C: 4.1mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 0.5mg
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