Cooked beets are so versatile and may be used in so many different recipes. We are going to share our 3 favorite cooking methods for How to Cook Beets that will result in tender and juicy cooked beets.

A white plate of cooked sliced beets with a bunch of greens.

WHAT KIND OF BEETS CAN I USE?

There are so many different types of beets and you can use any of them. Here are some of the beets we like to use:

  • Red Beets
  • Purple Beets
  • Striped Beets
  • Golden Beets
  • Baby Beets

The smaller beets do tend to be sweeter, so if you are looking for a sweeter flavor, lean towards the ones.

Chef’s Tip: When picking out your beets, be sure to get even-sized beets for even cooking.

Are beets healthy? Yes! They are loaded with so many health benefits. They are packed with so many nutrients, vitamins and minerals. They also carry antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Up close picture of sliced cooked beets on a plate.

HOW TO COOK BEETS-

You are not going to believe how easy it is to cook fresh beets.

STORING THE BEETS-

  1. When you buy the beets, if stored correctly they will last very longer!
  2. Cut the beet greens and stems off the beets, right about the beetroot.
  3. Be sure that your beets are not wet or if you need to rinse them, make sure you pat them fully dry.
  4. Add the beets to a plastic bag and store in the fridge for up to 1-2 months.

PREPPING THE BEETS-

  1. Cut off the greens and stems off the beets and discard. When cutting off the stems do not cut into the beet.
  2. Scrub and wash the beets with a scrubber.
Chef’s tip: Beets stain easily, we recommend handling the beets with kitchen gloves.
Uncooked beets in an instant pot with water.

COOKING METHODS-

There are several different methods that you can use to cook beets. Here are the three classic methods. Once they are cooked to desired tenderness, just peel them and enjoy!

INSTANT POT METHOD-

  1. Add the instant pot rack into the instant pot and add the prepared beets into the instant pot and fill with water, covering the beets fully.
  2. Cook on high pressure until you can pierce through easily and they have reached desired tenderness. The cook time will vary depending on the size of the beets. Quick release the pressure and then remove the beets using tongs. Allow them to cool.
  • COOK TIME:
    • Small beets– 15 min for firm beets, 20 minutes for soft and chewy.
    • Medium beets– 20 min for firm beets, 25 minutes for soft and chewy.
    • Large beets– 30 for firm beets, 35 for soft and chewy.

OVEN-ROASTED-

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F and individually wrap each beat in foil. Add the wrapped beats onto a baking sheet and roast beets for about 40-60 minutes, tossing halfway.
  • COOK TIME:
    • Small beets– 35 min for firm beets, 40 minutes for soft and chewy.
    • Medium beets– 40 min for firm beets, 45 minutes for soft and chewy.
    • Large beets– 45 for firm beets, 60 for soft and chewy.

BOILED-

  1. Place the prepared beets into a large pot or Dutch oven cover with 2-inches of water. Bring the water to a boil on medium/high heat.
  2. Reduce to med/low heat and allow it to boil for about 40-60 minutes depending on beet size until they are tender but not mushy.
  3. Remove the beats from the pot and add them to an ice bath.
  • COOK TIME:
    • Small beets– 35 min for firm beets, 40 minutes for soft and chewy.
    • Medium beets– 40 min for firm beets, 45 minutes for soft and chewy.
    • Large beets– 45 for firm beets, 60 for soft and chewy.
Chef’s TIP: The best way to determine if the beets have reached desired tenderness is by piercing the beets with a knife, the knife should pierce through easily.
3 cooked whole beets on a white plate.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS-

Can I eat raw beets?

Yes, you can eat raw beets! They are great in salads and great for juicing!

How do I store cooked beets?

Once the beets are cooked and peeled, store them in an airtight container (V-LINK) in the fridge for up to 4-5 days.

Can I freeze my cooked beets?

Yes, you can certainly freeze your cooked beets! Just add the cooked and peeled beets into a freezer bag and freeze for up to 4-5 months.

Do I have to peel the beets before cooking?

No, the skin on the beets keeps all the juices in while cooking.

What if my beets are still not tender after my cooking time?

You can just add additional cook time until desired tenderness.

A white plate loaded with sliced cooked beets next to a pink rag.

HOW TO USE COOKED BEETS-

There are so many different ways to enjoy cooked beets!

  • Snack– After peeling the cooked beets, slice and enjoy with some salt as a healthy snack!
  • Salad– These cooked beets are great in salad like the classic Shuba Salad.
  • Soups– Use these cooked beets in our Borscht Recipe for faster cooking time.
  • Sauces– We love making the Russian classic Beet Horseradish with these cooked beets.
Sliced cooked beets on a white plate with a bunch of greens.

More Vegetable Recipes-

Vegetables are that perfect side dish. Try these other favorite recipes:

How to Cook Beets (3 Easy Methods)

Cooked beets are so versatile and may be used in so many different recipes. We are going to share our favorite cooking methods that will result in tender and juicy cooked beets.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 1 pound beets

Ingredients

  • 1 lb medium beets ( about 3-4 beets)

Instructions

  • Cut off the greens and stems off the beets and discard. When cutting off the stems do not cut into the beet.
  • Scrub and wash the beets with a scrubber.

Instant Pot Method-

  • Add the instant pot rack into the instant pot and add the prepared beets into the instant pot and fill with water, covering the beets fully.
  • Cook for 20-25 minutes on high pressure until you can pierce through easily and the beets have reached desired tenderness. Quick release the pressure and then remove the beets using tongs. Allow them to cool.

Oven Roasted Method-

  • Preheat the oven to 400°F and individually wrap each beat in foil. Add the wrapped beats onto a baking sheet and bake for about 40-45 minutes, tossing halfway.

Boil Method-

  • Place the prepared beets into a large pot or Dutch oven cover with 2-inches of water. Bring the water to a boil on medium/high heat.
  • Reduce to med/low heat and allow it to cook for about 40-45 minutes depending on beet size until the beets are tender but not mushy.
  • Remove the beats from the pot and add them to an ice bath.

Notes

The cook time will vary depending on the size of the beets you are using. The recipe card cook times are based on using medium-sized beets. 

Nutrition

Calories: 195kcalCarbohydrates: 43gProtein: 7gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 354mgPotassium: 1474mgFiber: 13gSugar: 31gVitamin A: 150IUVitamin C: 22mgCalcium: 73mgIron: 4mg
(The nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)