How to Cook Beets
How to cook beets

I didn't start eating beets until my mother-in-law introduced them to me about 5 years ago. She asked if I wanted to try one and, not wanting to be rude, I said, "Umm, obviously! I mean, how could I not..."

You guys, I had some pretty serious preconceived ideas about this root; none of it good. First, I thought they would be hard and crunchy and, probably most important, I thought they would taste like dirt. They just came out of the dirt, after all. In fact, I think I see some dirt still on that beet up there. But I was being ridiculous. Why? because carrots also come from dirt (along with a bajillion other delicious foods) and I love carrots.

So, let me clear something up right now- assuming you have cooked your beets- both of these assumptions are totally FALSE! I have yet to try raw beets (I have no idea what's taking me so long), so I'll have to get back to you on that.

Anyway, it was crazy, amazing love at first bite. Since then I have been a beet eating machine.

I will give you the same warning, however, that my mother-in-law gave me- beets, especially red beets, stain. If you eat a lot of red beets in one sitting, don't freak out if your #2 is red the next day. I (can almost) promise that you are not dying. It is just the beets. In fact, think of it this way- at least you know your body is working :)

For a really long time I would buy pre-cooked beets from Costco or Trader Joe's because it was easy and convenient, and because I had no idea how to cook them myself. You guys, don't be like me. Despite their rough exterior, beets are super easy to cook. And imagine all the resources wasted going into shipping and packaging those itty bitty beets the market sells. While there are several ways to cook them yourself, today I'm sharing how to BOIL these bad boys. It's so easy, you'll never look at beets the same way again!

How to Cook Beets (boiled)

Prep Time: 5 minutes | Cook Time: 30-45 minutes
Total Time: 35-50 minutes
Yield: Varies
Category: How to, Side Dishes + Vegetables, Vegetarian, Snacks


Beets (I prepared a big batch of golden beets and red beets- approximately 6 each- try to find beets that are approximately the same size)


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil (if using two different varieties of beets- for example, red and golden beets- you will need two separate pots of boiling water).

  2. Leave the skin on, but remove the long stalks and leafy greens from each beet (the stalks and greens are edible, so save those if you're feeling creative!). Once water is boiling, carefully add beets and allow them to cook for approximately 30 minutes, or until fork tender and skin is easily removed (cooking time will depend on the size of your beets).

  3. Meanwhile, as the beets are boiling, prepare a large ice bath by filling a large bowl with water and ice. Set aside.

  4. When beets have finished cooking, carefully remove from the boiling water and transfer to the ice bath. Allow the beets to cool for a few minutes before removing the skin using your hands (this should be easy!).

  5. Rinse each beet in cool water, slice and eat! Store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator.


How to cook beets
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