Whole Roasted Beets

Are you wondering about the best way to cook beets? If so, you’re not alone! With beets being a great source of nutrition, finding out how to cook them is important. The good news is that you can easily cook beets fast and easily, needing just the beet as the only ingredient. 

Roast beetroot in a white bowl.

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When it comes to a fast and easy way to cook raw beets, add baked beets in foil to the top of your list. You’ll be amazed at the flavor that roast beetroot has! 

Can you eat raw beets?

Absolutely. Raw beets are a great addition to salads for their bright color and also their crunch. Just be sure to clean them well before dicing or shredding. 

Many people enjoy raw beets because of the texture that it adds to other vegetable dishes. Raw beets would be great for a simple topping as well. Just dice small, and add. 

How to choose the best beets?

When it comes to choosing raw beets, bigger actually isn’t better. Look for smaller beets, as they are going to have more flavor. 

Also, make sure that the beets don’t have any cuts or spots to them. They need to be whole and without knicks.

Whole beets for roasting.

Do you have to peel beetroot before roasting?

Not at all! Dare I say that this is one of the perks of making baked beetroot? You just need to wash the beets well, but no peeling is required. 

The whole roasted beets will get tender as they bake and roast, and that includes the “skin” of the beets, too. 

Is it better to boil or roast beets?

You can cook beets either way, but having roasted beets in foil proves to have such a brighter color! 

Roasting the beets also helps to preserve the nutrients, too. 

Are you ready to learn how to cook raw beets? This simple beets recipe is one that gives you the perfect texture every time. 

Ingredients

I told you that this beet recipe was simple, right? Just one ingredient is needed! 

  • Whole raw beets

How to Cook Beets

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  1. Wash the beets gently, scrubbing away any dirt with a vegetable brush.
  1. Remove the stems and cut off the roots.
  1. Wrap each beet tightly in foil and place in a shallow baking dish to trap any escaping juices. Roast the beets for 25-35 minutes for smaller beets and 45 minutes to an hour for larger beets.
  1. Test for doneness.  A knife should easily go through the center of the largest beet.
  1. Unwrap the beets from the foil, and using a paper towel, pinch away the outer skin of each beet.  
  1. Serve.

Important Tip

The beet juice will stain your clothes and fingers, so be careful. I use a paper towel to remove the skins, so my hands don’t need to contact the beets directly.  Using gloves to protect your hands is also a great option.  I also peel them inside the baking dish to keep the beets off any countertop to avoid permanent damage and staining.

How to store Cooked Beets

Once the beets are cooked, storing them for leftovers is simple. Let the baked beets cool down, then store them in an airtight container.

The cooked beets must be kept cool, so storing the container in the fridge is a must. For the best flavor, eat within two days.

Picture for the best way to cook beets.

Other methods for cooking beets

Steam: Place the cleaned beets (whole in size)  in a steamer basket above about 2″ of water.  Bring the water to a boil, then reduce the heat and let steam for another 30 minutes for small beets or an hour for larger beets. The beets are done steaming when you can pierce the beet through the center with a knife.

Boil. Boil the cleaned and trimmed beets in a large saucepan covered in water and add two tablespoons of white vinegar or lemon juice.  The acid from the juice will keep the beets from bleeding.  Then boil for 30 minutes to an hour, depending on the size of the beets.  The beets are done when a knife can easily be inserted into the center of the largest beet.

Ways to Use Beets

The fun thing about cooking beets is that you can use them in many different ways. The easiest way is to add seasoning and make them a simple side dish. 

You can also dice and add them to salads or mix them with starchy food like potatoes for texture and flavor. 

baked beetroot in a bowl.

Don’t Waste the Beet Greens!

The beet greens are delicious when they are sauteed. Put them into a pan with a tad bit of oil, and you will have an entirely new side dish to fall in love with! 

Once they are cooked, you can easily add them to your omelet, into soups, or even in various pasta dishes. 

Beet Nutrition Facts

Beets are not only easy to make, but they’re healthy to eat as well. While the size of the beet will vary some, you can rest easy knowing that beets are low in calories and fat while giving a good amount of fibre and benefits to your overall gut health. 

There’s a reason that beets are considered a superfood! They provide great nutrients to your body to keep it strong and healthy! 

Baked beetroot in a white bowl.

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Whole Roasted Beets

Alisa Infanti | The Delicious Spoon
When it comes to a fast and easy way to cook raw beets, add baked beets in foil to the top of your list. You’ll be amazed at the flavor that roast beetroot has! 
5 from 2 votes
Course Side Dish
Calories

Ingredients
  

  • Beets; washed and trimmed

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 400°F. Remove the stems and roots and give the beets a gentle scrub to remove any dirt.
  • Wrap each beat gently in foil and place in a baking dish to catch any juices. Bake for 25-35 minutes for smaller beets or 45 minutes to an hour for large beets. Test for doneness by inserting a knife in the centre and if it goes through easily the beets are cooked.
  • Remove the beets from the oven and carefully unwrap the foil from the beets. Using a strong papertowel pinch away the outer skin of the beets to remove or peel off the skin. You may wish to use gloves for this because beet juice stains everything so be careful.
  • Once the skin has been removed you can slice or cube and eat plain as a side dish or add to salads or rice.

Notes

Storage:
Once the beets are cooked, storing them for leftovers is simple. Let the baked beets cool down, then store them in an airtight container.
The cooked beets must be kept cool, so storing the container in the fridge is a must. For the best flavor, eat within two days.
Please Note:

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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