How To Cook Beets in 4 different ways – Simple & Easy To Do

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1. How To Choose Best Fresh Beets?

  • Check the surface of the beets! Those with a smooth exterior, hard feet, round-shape, cut/spot-free skin are a good pick! Strictly avoid the squishy beets having moist areas and wrinkled or bruised skin. 
  • As for the taproot extending from the beet, make sure it is slender. Avoid those with a thick taproot.
  • If the beet still has its leaves, check that the leaves are dark greenish, tiny, and crisp!

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2. What is the best way to eat beets?

So, the best way to eat beets while retaining all their nutrients is to have them raw. Baby beets are most suitable to enjoy raw in salad, juices, and dips.

Since many people do not enjoy the raw taste of beets; they can steam, boil, or bake them over low heat to retain all the nutrients. Those who prefer a crisp texture in their veggies; can roast or grill the beets while preserving the essential vitamins & minerals!

3. How To Prepare Beets?

Prep the beets by trimming off the leaves and extra stem, leaving 2-inches of the stem, and let the tail remain intact. Wash the beets thoroughly (you may scrub gently without affecting the skin) to get rid of the dirt stuck on the surface then pat dry

4. How to Cook Beets


  • 6-7 medium-sized beets
  • 2 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

How Long To Cook Beets?

It takes 30 minutes to boils, steam, roast, and grill Beets

Instructions – How to Boil Beets

Step 1: Fill a pot with 60-70% of water and transfer the prepped beets. The beets should be submerged in the water. Place the pot on the stove over high heat and bring the water to a boil.

Step 2: As soon as the water starts boiling, cover the pot with a lid, reduce the heat to low, and let it simmer for 30 minutes.

Step 3: After cooking is done! Turn off the stove and drain the water. Transfer the boiled beets to a colander and rinse with cool water. Peel off the skin.

To serve, slice the beets into round disks, drizzle with a tablespoon of extra-virgin olive oil, add 1.5 teaspoons of balsamic vinegar, and sprinkle some salt & pepper seasoning!

Instructions – How to Steam Beets

Step 1: Poke the beats making 5-8 tiny holes all over each prepped beet. Transfer to a microwave-safe dish and arrange them in a single layer. Pour ¼ cup of water.

Step 2: Cover the dish and put it in the microwave. Cook on high for 20-30 minutes. At 10 minutes interval, flip the beets using tongs or spoon. When the beets are cooked for 20-25 minutes check their doneness by insert a fork. If they seem tender enough, take them out, if not continue cooking for 5 more minutes.

Step 3: After taking out of the microwave let the beets cool for 5-10 minutes. Peel them wearing gloves.

To serve, chop the steamed beets into bite-size pieces, drizzle some olive oil, sprinkle salt & pepper, and top with some crumbled goat cheese. Enjoy!

Instructions – How to Roast Beets

Step 1: Set the oven for preheating at 450°F. Place the rack in the middle and grease a baking dish (9*13) generously with olive oil.

Step 2: Peel and cut the prepped beets into slices about 3/4 inch thick

Step 3: Transfer the sliced beets to the greased baking dish and spread them out in a single layer leaving a little gap between each slice.

Step 4: Cover the baking dish with an aluminum foil sheet and transfer it to the middle rack of the preheated oven. Roast for 30 minutes. Finally, take out the baking dish from the oven and enjoy grilled radish with some salt and pepper!

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Instructions – How to Grill Beets

Step 1: Ready the grill by preheating it on high.

Step 2: Place a large aluminum sheet on a bowl. Coat the foil sheet with non-stick cooking spray.

Step 3: Put the prepped beets on the aluminum sheet, drizzle the olive oil (or add an equal amount of melted/softened butter), and sprinkle salt and pepper seasoning. Mix the beets to coat them evenly with the oil and seasoning. Now wrap the aluminum foil so that all the beets are inside the foil sheet.

Step 4: Put the foil package on the preheated grill. Let it cook for half an hour, remove the grill package, uncover the foil wrap cautiously, and let the beets cool for 5-10 minutes.

5. How To Store Beets?

  • Store young small beets with the greens attached as it helps them stay fresh longer.
  • Store medium-sized or large beets by keeping the stem and removing the greens. Avoid washing the beets. Store dry in the fridge to last for 10 days.

After sharing quite many steps for preparing beets and how to cook beets in 4 different ways, I believe that you can do it well. Please read again for sure to know that you can do it better.

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