How to Cook Beets

Grey circle with the letters GFBlue circle with the letter P PA grey circle with KFBlue circle with the letter V
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
35 mins

An easy recipe for how to cook beets on the stovetop! Full of nutrients & antioxidants, beets are great for smoothies, side dishes, salads & snacking!

Easy step by step tutorial on how to cook beets. Great for smoothies, side dishes, salads, or just snacking. Full of nutrients and antioxidants! | gluten free recipes | healthy eating

Beets. Do you love them or hate them? Have you ever tried them before?

My mom has a thing for vegetables. In fact funny story. When my parents got married my mom asked my dad “what his favorite vegetable was” and he said he didn’t know because he didn’t eat vegetables!!! She just couldn’t believe it so she took it as her personal mission to first, get him to eat vegetables, and second to find to out what his favorite is. Needless to say my mom converted him to a vegetable lover. When I was growing up my mom loved to garden so we would always be outside picking things off the plants or vines to bring in and use for dinner that night – so we in turn had just about any and every vegetable under the sun.

Easy step by step tutorial on how to cook beets. Great for smoothies, side dishes, salads, or just snacking. Full of nutrients and antioxidants! | gluten free recipes | healthy eating

There was always one weekend a year where my mom and dad would dedicate to canning all day. They would can tomatoes, peppers, green beans, and beets.  Then they would store all those mason jars in our basement for easy access. My brother and I loved it because we would just go straight for the beets every time!

We big puffy heart beets! They are filled with antioxidants and other good nutrients, are sweet, and absolutely delicious!

Easy step by step tutorial on how to cook beets. Great for smoothies, side dishes, salads, or just snacking. Full of nutrients and antioxidants! | gluten free recipes | healthy eating

I ate them alot when I was growing up but then stopped around college. They weren’t exactly the easiest thing to get in college, if you know what I’m saying. (its ramen town when you’re in college) Well, a couple of years ago I went to a Salad bar restaurant in our area and they had BEETS! So of course I got them .. and was brought back to my first love…. mmmmm.

Now Cason adores them too, he could probably eat an entire meal of just beets. The kid cracks me up, “more beets mommy!”

Easy step by step tutorial on how to cook beets. Great for smoothies, side dishes, salads, or just snacking. Full of nutrients and antioxidants! | gluten free recipes | healthy eating

So of course I needed to learn how to make them at home, buying already prepared beets (that are not in a can) can be a little pricey. Which meant it was time to call momma, the ever trusted source in cooking and figure out how to make my own!

You can cook beets two ways, you can boil them or you can roast them. I have done both and prefer to boil them because the skin is SOOOOO much easier to remove. It literally just squeezes off, and believe me, after my share of red hands the ease of skin removal is an important factor when deciding how to cook them. 🙂

Easy step by step tutorial on how to cook beets. Great for smoothies, side dishes, salads, or just snacking. Full of nutrients and antioxidants! | gluten free recipes | healthy eating

Depending on your beet size,  you boil them for 20-30 minutes put them in an ice bath immediately and remove the skin right away. Slice them up and store them in an air tight container for eating later.

I serve them as a side, eat them as a snack, put them in smoothies, or on top of salads.

Happy cooking!

How do you eat your beets?

Easy step by step tutorial on how to cook beets. Great for smoothies, side dishes, salads, or just snacking. Full of nutrients and antioxidants! | gluten free recipes | healthy eating

Print
Easy step by step tutorial on how to cook beets. Great for smoothies, side dishes, salads, or just snacking. Full of nutrients and antioxidants! | gluten free recipes | healthy eating

How to Cook Beets

  • Author: Krista
  • prep_time Prep Time: 5 mins
  • cook_time Cook Time: 30 mins
  • total_time Total Time: 35 mins
  • yield Yield: 4 cups of diced beets 1x
  • category Category: How To
  • method Method: Stovetop
  • cuisine Cuisine: American

Description

An easy recipe for how to cook beets on the stovetop! Full of nutrients & antioxidants, beets are great for smoothies, side dishes, salads & snacking!

Scale

Ingredients

  • 6 beets, skin on (I used 3 red and 3 golden)

Instructions

  1. Prepare a large bowl with water and ice.
  2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
  3. Add beets to pot. (if using red and golden beets, be sure to put them in separate pots or the red will dye the golden beets)
  4. Boil for 20-30 minutes depending on size of beets. (test one of them – you should be able to easily remove the skin if you can’t them let it cook longer)
  5. Remove beets from boiling water and place in an ice bath.
  6. Remove skin from beets using your hands, rinse, and slice/dice beets.
  7. Store in an air tight container.

Keywords: how to cook beets, beet recipes, how to cook beets on the stovetop, best way to cook beets, how to boil beets, easy beets recipe

IF YOU MAKE THIS RECIPE, BE SURE TO SNAP A PIC AND HASHTAG IT#JOYFULHEALTHYEATS. I LOVE SEEING WHAT YOU MAKE!

Easy step by step tutorial on how to cook beets. Great for smoothies, side dishes, salads, or just snacking. Full of nutrients and antioxidants! | gluten free recipes | healthy eating

DON’T MISS A RECIPE ->

FACEBOOK | TWITTER | PINTEREST | GOOGLE+ | BLOGLOVIN

Hey There

Krista
Hi! I'm the recipe developer and food photographer behind all these easy healthy recipes! I love food, Jesus, morning lattes, and am obsessed with fantasy football!

Related Posts

42 Responses
  1. Mar P

    Thank you! I love beets but had never made fresh ones before. This was so simple – I used two forks to peel the beets once they were ready so I didn’t have to touch them. I used one fork to hold the beet down on the plate and the flat edge of the other fork to gently scrape away the peel. Sliced ’em and diced ’em and they were delicious with no additions whatsoever. Again, I appreciate the information. I will just mention though that either one loves beets or hates them with a vengeance, no matter how they are prepared. My husband was disgusted by these lovely organic golden beets fresh from our kitchen but my son thought they were wonderful.

  2. Mary

    I love beets., my husband loves them as well and cooks them all the time . Unfortunately he s deployed and I haven’t been able to eat them since he was deployed.(over six months ago). They are so messy and hard to cook but with your recipe I m definitely going to give it a shot and hope for the best hehehe
    Thanks a lot! 🤗👍

  3. Frances C

    Ok, I remember eating RED BEETS ew as a kid but the way I made these according to the recipe- has me rethinking my fav veggies! This was absolutely delicious! Thank you for the story and recipe.

  4. Liv

    Just tried this! I found some beautiful golden beets at the store in the organic section. I didn’t even know beets came in the golden variety. Google directed me to you, and this was a simple yet effective way to cook them! I found myself snacking on some as I sliced.
    Thank you!

    1. Krista

      Yes, golden beets are delicious plus they are just pretty! So glad you liked them AND that you found the cooking process to be simple!

  5. Robyn

    I bought some fresh beets the other day and have not cooked them yet. I bought some that I guess are pickled. I am eating them, but I can not stand vinegar. I won’t be eating them this way again.

  6. Isaiah

    Brilliant!

    Here is a recipe for beets salad!

    2 beets cupped
    2 oz lemon juice
    2 oz of cilantro
    1 oz of olive oil
    Salt and pepper to taste

    #delish

  7. Gladys Aboagye- Akyea

    I planted my own beets here in Ghana, West Africa and they are growing so beautifully. I am glad to see this. It is so helpful. I know I am going to enjoy them for a long time. Thanks a lot.

  8. Andi (The Weary Chef)

    What a great post, Krista. My youngest loves beets if he gets them at a salad bar or something, but I never make them at home because I don’t know how. Thank you for this!! I’ll have to start cooking them here.

    1. Krista

      Thanks Andi! That is exactly why I wanted to learn how to do it, my son loves them… ok I do too. 🙂

      Happy beet making!

  9. Kristina @ Love & Zest

    gosh, these beets are so gorgeous…. I’m slowly becoming a beet convert. Never loved the earthy flavor, but if they are diced up small in a salad I’m a big fan.

  10. Meg @ The Housewife in Training Files

    I am not gonna lie, my only memory of beets is the slimy sliced ones from the can. Needless to say, I have not attempted them again! Pathetic, I know but with this simple step by step guide, maybe I should give them a second shot!

  11. Mariah @ Mariah's Pleasing Plates

    I have never had beets before and have always been to big of a wuss to try them. But you have convinced me that they are super healthy so I am thinking we will need to try them. 😉
    So many helpful tips!

    1. Krista

      They really are, they fight against so many different diseases including heart disease and cancer! Great immunity booster!

      Try it .. try it… try it!

      Then tell me what you think. 🙂 hehe

  12. Trish - Mom On Timeout

    You are speaking my language Krista! I ADORE beets – always have! I’ve got some growing in my garden right now and cannot wait!! Yours look absolutely perfect!

  13. Ashley | The Recipe Rebel

    I have actually never really tried beets…. but these are so gorgeous, I feel like I’m missing out! Definitely pinning these to experiment with later!

    1. Krista

      You are!!! Go try some beets, they are incredible, definitely one of my favorite vegetables and my little guy loves them! So good for you!

        1. Krista

          Honestly, you don’t need much. I like them plain, but you could add a little salt or drizzle with balsamic and they’d be great.

  14. StacieM

    At a friend’s suggestion I tried peeling my beets before roasting. It was super easy and made for much less mess. I thought it would affect the taste somehow, but it didn’t–at least, not that I could tell! I have never tried the boiling method, but I think I’ll try both on the same night and see if I can taste a difference. 🙂

    1. Krista

      Hm.. interested. Did you just peel with a knife or peeler because the skin is not super easy to get off. When I boil it it literally just comes off so stinking easy. Let me know what your results are, i’m curious! 🙂

  15. Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom

    ok, I love this. . I hate working with beets because they are so messy but love the end result. And ROASTED golden beets .. be still my heart. . my fave!!!!

    1. Krista

      haha.. so with you. Roasted anything .. be still my heart.

      They are super messy but when I finally listened to my mom and boiled them.. viola.. not as much mess. At least not red hands which was a step up for me. 🙂

  16. Tonia from TheGunnySack

    So, my only experience with beets was the time that I added them to my juice (via a juicer) and I didn’t like it. But my sister (who works part time at a juicing restaurant) told me that even though she doesn’t like beets in her juice, she loves them roasted.

    1. Krista

      YES roasted beets are amazing.. they are just harder to get the skin off. SO boil them for alittle to get the skin off then roast for alittle bit and – deliciousness awaits you! 🙂

  17. Kate @ Diethood

    I have a 2 year old that loves beets beyond belief! Again, she’s 2!! 😀 Beautiful photos!

  18. Amy @ A Healthy Life For Me

    My oldest is the only other one in my house who will eat beets. You should see my husbands face when he sees them. 🙂 Great post!

    1. Krista

      What! So funny… my 3 year old loves them and my husband eats them because I put them in front of him. heheh. 🙂

    1. Krista

      Thanks so much Zainab. You will love that! I saw that panna cotta post from today too with beets.. you go girl! I haven’t baked with them yet, not brave enough yet. 🙂

Leave a Reply

Recipe rating