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Earthy beets turn sweet and tender when they're roasted in this healthy beets recipe. Preheating your baking sheet speeds up the roasting time and gives the outside of the beets a quick and flavorful sear. Honey and lemon juice add sweet and tangy notes.

EatingWell.com, July 2020; updated December 2022


Credit: Preethi Venkatram

Recipe Summary

10 mins
35 mins

The Best Way to Cook Beets

Raw or cooked, beets are a sweet and earthy addition to any dish. While we love beets in any form, roasted beets are particularly yummy. The hot oven softens the beets while searing the outer layer, which intensifies their flavor. We finish off our roasted beets with a sweet and tangy lemon-honey glaze that brings all their complex flavors into perfect balance. Here's our favorite way to cook beets:

Prep Your Beets

Beets should be peeled before roasting. If you're using red beets, keep in mind that their color will stick to anything they touch. Wooden utensils and cutting boards will be the hardest to clean (although the color will come out eventually), so stick to plastic cutting boards and metal utensils if you want to skip the extra scrubbing. You can wear gloves to keep their pink hue off your hands, or opt for yellow or chioggia beets which also work well here. Make sure your beets are all cut into the same size pieces so they cook evenly.

Preheat Your Pan

We preheat the oven with the baking sheet inside. Heating up the baking sheet jump-starts the cooking process and creates a sear on the beets that adds both flavor and texture. Make sure the beets are added in a single layer so they can roast evenly. It's easy to forget that the pan is already hot when returning it to the oven, so be sure to keep a pair of oven mitts at the ready.

Flavor Your Beets

The beets already have salt, pepper and oil, but to really jazz them up we add a lemon-honey glaze. Sugar burns easily in a hot oven so to give the beets a nice sweet coating that doesn't burn, we add the glaze at the end of the cooking time. There's no need to take the beets off the baking sheet to add the glaze. Drizzle your glaze onto the beets right on the baking sheet, stir to coat, then spread them out again before returning them to the oven for 5 more minutes to finish cooking. After that, your beets are ready to go! You can enjoy them just like this or sprinkle on some chopped fresh herbs or crumbled goat cheese to suit your taste.

Additional reporting by Hilary Meyer


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Place a large rimmed baking sheet in the oven. Preheat to 425 degrees F.

  • Stir oil, salt and pepper together in a large bowl. Add beets and toss well to coat. Transfer the beets to the hot baking sheet and roast until almost tender, 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from the oven and drizzle with honey and lemon juice, tossing to coat. Continue roasting until tender, about 5 minutes more.

Nutrition Facts

1/2 cup
129 calories; protein 2.5g; carbohydrates 20.6g; dietary fiber 4.3g; sugars 16.1g; fat 4.9g; saturated fat 0.4g; vitamin a iu 50.7IU; vitamin c 9.4mg; folate 166mcg; calcium 25.4mg; iron 1.3mg; magnesium 35.4mg; potassium 501.6mg; sodium 215.2mg; added sugar 6g.