5 Ways to Cook Beetroot in Different Ways

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5 Ways to Cook Beetroot in Different Ways
5 Ways to Cook Beetroot in Different Ways

Beetroot is sweet and healthy. Despite their high sugar content, they are low in calories and high in nutrients, including vitamin C, potassium, fiber and iron. There are several ways to cook beets, including roasted, microwaved, steamed, boiled and fried beets. If you want to know how to cook beets by different methods, see step 1 to get started.


  • 4 medium sized beets;
  • Cornstarch (for frying);
  • Olive oil (optional);
  • Salt and pepper to taste (optional);

Makes from 4 to 6 servings.


Preparing the beets

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Step 1. Choose the freshest beets

If you want the freshest and tastiest beets, you should choose the firmer ones. The spongy looking ones are old and won't look as good. Fresh beets will also have dark green leaves on top – beets that are old will be yellowish on top.

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Step 2. Remove the leaves from the beets

Slice and remove leaves with a sharp knife. Leaves should be sliced ​​close to the tip of the beet, but not completely removed. Leave a small portion that is big enough for you to hold. This will make it easier to slice the beets, if you decide to do so.

Consider saving the beetroot leaves. They can be cooked separately and sautéed, steamed and roasted. Leaves cook pretty fast; therefore, it is better to separate them from the beets to prepare them separately

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Step 3. Trim the beets

You can also remove the long end of the beets. You won't need these parts for cooking and they can make food difficult to handle. You can also do this after cooking.

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Step 4. Clean the beets

Wash them under running water, scrubbing well with a vegetable brush until you can no longer see dirt. You can also use your hands, but you'll have to rub well.

Method 1 of 5: Roasted Beets

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Step 1. Preheat the oven to 205°C

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Step 2. Prepare the baking sheet

Find a shallow roasting pan that is suitable for roasting the beets. Covering the pan with aluminum foil is not necessary to prevent them from sticking, but the beet juice may leak. Aluminum foil can make cleaning easier.

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Step 3. Wrap the beets in aluminum foil

The beets must still be moist from being washed. If they have dried, rinse them one more time to dampen the outside a little. Wrap the foil around each beet, leaving a little loose. It doesn't need to be wrapped neatly, but the paper should be able to stay closed without needing to stick with anything. You can wrap small beets together, but individually is better.

If you want to skip this step, you can oil the beets to keep them from burning. Pour olive oil or vegetable oil on top. Approximately 1 tablespoon of olive oil or 2 of vegetable oil for every 500 g of beets will suffice. Then season well with salt and pepper to taste. You can also cut into quarters to cook them faster; chopped beets can cook in 45 minutes. Whole beets will take longer

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Step 4. Cook the beets in the oven for between 50 and 60 minutes

Place them on the prepared baking sheet and put in the oven to bake.

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Step 5. If the beets start to burn, add water

Check beets every 20 minutes while cooking. If they start to look dry or you notice they're burning underneath, carefully pull the foil off each beet and pour 1 tablespoon of water into the beet. Put the foil back as it was and continue baking.

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Step 6. See if they're ready

The beets will be completely roasted when you can drive a fork through the center and remove easily. At this point, you must remove them from the oven. Smaller beets will cook faster than larger ones.

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Step 7. Allow to cool

Wait at least a few minutes for them to cool down and you can play them.

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Step 8. Peel the beets

When they have cooled down enough, peel off the outer layer. Hold each beet on a paper towel and gently rub the skin to remove it, using the edges of the paper towel. The husk of a well-roasted beet should come off easily. You won't need a knife or other sharp object to do this. Wear gloves if you don't want to stain your hands.

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Step 9. Serve

You can eat the beets whole or slice them. Add them, if you like, to a salad.

Method 2 of 5: Beets made in the microwave

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Step 1. Place the beets in a microwaveable bowl

Try using a 4-liter glass bowl. The bowl needs to be big enough for the beets to fit in a single layer. Do not place one on top of the other. You can either put them whole in the bowl or cut them up.

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Step 2. Add 2 scoops of water

Pour the water over the beets, wetting the tops and allowing it to run down the sides. Do not try to microwave the beets without water.

Step 3. Cover the beets and microwave for 5 minutes

Put a lid on the bowl or cover it with plastic wrap, without pinching.

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Step 4. Rotate the beets and microwave for another 3-5 minutes

Rotate the beets so that another part of them is facing up, cooking them evenly. Microwave longer until they look soft when you stick a fork in them.

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Step 5. Allow to cool

Allow the beets to cool in the microwave for one minute. Remove them and let them cool for another 5 minutes or until they feel cool to the touch. Leaving them with the lid on can help them cook in their own steam, which is very good for preserving the nutrients in the food.

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Step 6. Remove the shell

Gently rub the peel with a paper towel until it comes out. If the skin does not come off, use a vegetable peeler to remove the top layer. Cook the beets for a minute longer if it is difficult to peel them off.

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Step 7. Serve

Add to salads if you like.

Method 3 of 5: Fried Beetroot

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Step 1. Peel the beets

Use a vegetable peeler to remove the skin from the beets before cooking them.

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Step 2. Cut the beets into slices

The slices should be approximately 7.5 cm long and 1.5 to 2.5 cm thick. Larger slices will be easier to fry without burning, but may take longer to cook.

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Step 3. Pass on cornstarch

Place ¼ cup of cornstarch in a steel bowl. Avoid plastic bowls, as raw beet broth will likely end up staining the container. Add the beetroot slices to the bowl and cover them with the cornstarch using a fork, until thinly layered.

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Step 4. Heat the vegetable oil in a medium-sized saucepan

You will need approximately 10 cm of oil. Connect a cooking thermometer to the side of the pan and continue heating the oil until it reaches 170°C.

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Step 5. Add the beetroot slices to the hot oil

Cook in portions, adding no more than a handful of slices to the oil at a time. Fry the beets until crispy and slightly brown on the outside and soft on the inside, which takes 3-5 minutes.

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Step 6. Remove and drain the beets

Use a heat-resistant slotted spoon to remove the beets from the pan and drain off the oil. Place the beets on paper towel plates. Let cool before serving.

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Step 7. Serve

Enjoy the beets alone or in a salad – you can even use them to make borsch, a traditional Ukrainian beet soup.

Method 4 of 5: Cooked Beets

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Step 1. Place the beets in a large pot

This is the best and fastest way to prepare vegetables. The downside is that beets cooked in boiling water can lose a little taste.

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Step 2. Cover the beets with cold water

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Step 3. Add sugar and salt as needed

You should add approximately 1 scoop of sugar and 1 scoop of salt for every 2 liters of water.

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Step 4. Boil water over high heat

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Step 5. When the water boils, reduce to medium heat

The water will be bubbling slightly.

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Step 6. Cook the beets for 45 to 60 minutes until done

Younger, fresher beets will take about 45 minutes to cook. Older beets can take up to 1 hour or more. Peeled beets are ready in half the time.

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Step 7. Remove from fire

When cooked, you must drain the water and quickly put the beets in the cold water. Then cut off the ends of the roots and rub the husks with a paper towel or a damp towel.

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Step 8. Serve

You can slice or puree the beets and serve them as is, or add olive oil and season them with salt and pepper to taste.

Method 5 of 5: Steamed Beets

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Step 1. Fill the bottom of a steamer with 2 inches of water

Steaming beets is a great way to preserve their flavor.

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Step 2. Boil the water

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Step 3. Arrange the beets in the steamer

Arrange them in a single layer to cook evenly. Cover the pan when you have added the beets.

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Step 4. Cook for 45 minutes or until tender

If you peel and cut the beets first, you can cook them in half the time.

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Step 5. Remove the beets

Then quickly place them in ice water and remove the husks with a paper towel or a damp towel.

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Step 6. Serve

Enjoy the beets as they are or slice them, cut them or add a little olive oil and salt and pepper to intensify their flavor.


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