Learning how to cook beets in the oven is easy, and it will come in quite handy if you love the superior flavor of fresh, whole beets. With their deep, dark red color and vibrant red streaked green leaves, there’s just no denying the beauty of a beet.
Why Should You Learn How to Cook Beets
Chock full of nutrients, beets are sweet and delicious — and when cooked properly, a beet will have a velvety, succulent texture that will melt in your mouth.
There are many different methods for how to cook beets, including boiling, steaming and roasting. My preferred method is roasting them with a bit of steam.
Cooking beets in the oven has always been my preference. It’s easy and the result is an evenly cooked beet that’s perfectly tender throughout.
And never throw away the gorgeous beet greens!
Using Beet Greens
As nutrient rich as a beet root is, its leaves pack even more nutrients! (If you love the beet flavor, you’ll love the greens — simply sauté them with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.)
Tips for Cooking Beets in the Oven
Cooking times may vary depending on your oven, foil thickness, and the size and amount of beets being cooked.
Though not as common, beets are available in a few other very pretty colors — golden beets are another favorite of mine!
Recipes using cooked beets:
- Pickled Beets
- Beet Pickled Eggs
- Vegan Beet Soup with Garlic and Tarragon
- Kale Sprout Salad with Pickled Beets
- Balsamic Roasted Beets
How to Cook Beets
- fresh beets
- Preheat the oven to 400°F.
- Place a large sheet of heavy-duty foil on a baking sheet. Set aside.
- Cut the greens off the beet root, leaving about 1/4 inch or so. (Save those greens to eat later!)
- Wash the beets and without drying them place them in the center of the foil.
- Wrap the beets loosely with the foil -- leaving a good few inches around them, but sealing it tightly.
- Roast in the preheated 400°F oven until they are fork tender, about 1 hour. (Stick a fork into the thickest part of the beet and if it slides off easily, they're done.) You should check the beets after about 20 minutes and sprinkle them with water (a couple tablespoons), and then re-seal the foil to finish the cooking process.
- When the beets are done, remove them from the oven and open the foil. Let them cool until you're able to touch them. Then you can use your hands of the back of a knife to remove the skin. It will peel right off.