How to Cook Beets

Course Ingredient
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Author Valentina K. Wein


  • fresh beets


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Place a large sheet of heavy-duty foil on a baking sheet. Set aside.
  3. Cut the greens off the beet root, leaving about 1/4 inch or so. (Save those greens to eat later!)
  4. Wash the beets and without drying them place them in the center of the foil.
  5. Wrap the beets loosely with the foil -- leaving a good few inches around them, but sealing it tightly.
  6. Roast in the preheated 400 degree 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.
  7. 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.

Recipe Notes

The above cooking time is for about 3 large beets -- 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!