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How To Roast Beets

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posted: 05/23/19

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Learn how to roast beets in this easy tutorial. This amazing burgundy beauty will steal your heart and you will be adding beets to everything.

Oven roasted beets are a great side dish with a few added ingredients in this Easy Beet Salad or a perfect addition to a Roasted Beet Salad.

a while bowl on a wood mat filled with wedges of roasted beets sprinkled with parsley

One of the things that I love buying at the Farmer’s Market most in the summer is beets! But if I’m being honest, I buy and eat them all year long. Roasted beets are so easy to make, that I find myself doing it on a weekly basis so that I can add beets to my salads. They are such a sweet and delicious addition. Read on and you will see how nutritious they are too. Like a super vegetable flying in to save the day.

Recently I brought my Roasted Beet Salad to a gathering, and someone asked me if I parboil my beets first. Nope. That sounds like a holy hassle. I just roast them up, dice them, and have them all week in the refrigerator to add to salads.

How to Roast Beets in the Oven

Roasting beets could not be more simple:

  1. Cut off the tops and bottoms.
  2. Scrub the beet well.
  3. Wrap each beet in foil.
  4. Roast them on a parchment lined baking sheet.
  5. Pull them out of the oven, unwrap them and peel off the skin.

When you are roasting beets, there are only a few things you need

  • A good scrub brush
  • A paring knife
  • Tin foil
  • A baking sheet
  • Parchment paper

How to Prepare Beets

Start by cutting off the tops and the bottom root.

several raw beets on a wood board with the top and bottom cut off of one

Then give them a really good scrub and wrap them up in foil.

After wrapping them in foil, I like to line my baking sheet with parchment paper. This way if the beet juice leaks from the foil, you have less mess to clean up.

baking sheet lined with parchment paper with foil wrapped beets on it

When are Roasted Beets Done?

Bake them for about an hour at 400 degrees. How long to roast beets varies from oven to oven and beet to beet, with bigger beets needing more time. I like to poke mine with a toothpick after an hour and get a sense of how soft they are. If it was really hard to insert the toothpick, then I give them another 10 to 15 minutes.

roasted beet sitting in open foil

How to Peel a Roasted Beet

After they are done cooking, I let them cool to the touch. Then you can easily just peel the skin right off. It’s like magic and I’m weirdo, but there is something super satisfying about it.

They are easiest to peel if you let them sit still wrapped in the tin foil for about 10 minutes and then peel immediately after taking the foil off. If you want to avoid pink fingers, wear gloves while peeling.

Grab a bunch of those gorgeous burgundy root vegetables and learn how to roast beets!  Roasted beets are such an amazing addition to salads, and the great beginning to soups, and they are so easy to prepare.

What to Make with Oven Roasted Beets

As I mentioned, my favorite way to use roasted beets is in a simple salad, but there are so many other great uses for them!

How Long Can You Store Roasted Beets?

Store your beets in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to about a week.

Fun Beet Nutrition Facts

Beets aren’t just a delicious way to think about Dwight and Schrutte Farms. They are also:

  • Low in calories for all the nutritional benefits and vitamins and minerals they offer.
  • A great source of fiber.
  • Have the potential to reduce your blood pressure and risk of heart disease.

The research on the benefits of beets are super fascinating. If you are looking to improve your over all health, adding beets to your diet is a great place to start.

white bowl full of roasted beets recipe and antique spoon, garnished with fresh parsley

Other Great Recipes Using Roasted Vegetables

fork piercing a baked beet
Grab a bunch of those gorgeous burgundy root vegetables and learn how to roast beets!  Roasted beets are such an amazing addition to salads, and the great beginning to soups, and they are so easy to prepare.
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How to Roast Beets

Serves: 2 servings
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Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 1 hour
Total: 1 hour 5 minutes
Learn how to roast beets in this easy tutorial. This amazing burgundy beauty will steal your heart and you will be adding beets to everything.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound beets

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.  Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper.  Scrub the beets clean.
  • Cut off the top greens and the bottom root.  Wrap them individually in aluminum foil.  Bake for one hour.
  • After an hour insert with a toothpick.  If you can insert it easily, they are done. If not, bake for another 10 to 15 minutes (depending on the size of the beet) until you can insert the toothpick easily.
  • After cooking, allow them to cool to the touch, then gently peel off the skin and discard.  Slice and use to top salads or enjoy on their own!
Calories: 34kcal (2%) Carbohydrates: 8g (3%) Protein: 1g (2%) Sodium: 62mg (3%) Potassium: 260mg (7%) Fiber: 2g (8%) Sugar: 5g (6%) Vitamin A: 50IU (1%) Vitamin C: 5.8mg (7%) Calcium: 10mg (1%) Iron: 0.7mg (4%)
Author: Lisa Longley
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Grab a bunch of those gorgeous burgundy root vegetables and learn how to roast beets!  Roasted beets are such an amazing addition to salads, and the great beginning to soups, and they are so easy to prepare.

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  1. averie @ averie cooks says

    Yes the foil technique saves SO MUCH hassle, reduces the red spray all over your sink compared to if you try to peel them in the sink, and saves your fingers somewhat from being all red. I love beets too!

  2. Gayle says

    5 stars
    This is a perfect recipe for beets – According to the National Garden Bureau, 2018 is the Year of the Beet!

  3. Tadej says

    I love beets on salad but I have never think of roasting them, thanks for the idea.

    • Lisa Longley says

      I hope you love it!

  4. Dave Arnholt says

    5 stars
    I love roasted veggies and this is just one more great way to roast those beats.

  5. Lucie says

    I will surely try this, I love beets!

    • Lisa Longley says

      I hope you love this easy way of cooking beets!

  6. Donna Cunningham says

    Throwing the beet greens the last few minutes is good! The greens are very tasty too!

  7. Janette says

    5 stars
    Thank you! Great pictures and step by step tutorial! I really appreciate it!

    • Lisa Longley says

      You are welcome, Janette!

  8. Donna Jackman says

    Do you need dressing for the beet salad

    • Lisa Longley says

      If you are talking about the beet salad with feta, it has a really simple dressing already built into the recipe.

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