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one cooked beet, skin removed, on foil

How to Cook Beets

Learning how to cook beets is easy, and it will come in quite handy if you love the superior flavor of fresh, whole beets.

Course Ingredient
Cuisine American
Keyword great for salads, how to cook root vegetables
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 3 beets
Author Valentina K. Wein


  • fresh beets


  1. Preheat the oven to 400°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°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.