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How to Boil Beets Recipe

  • Author: Brooke
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: 9 whole beets 1x


This recipe will give you the confidence to learn how to prepare and make healthy beets.  Use a dutch oven to boil the beets on the stove--it's so simple!  Learn all the techniques, methods, tips, and tricks to make beets taste good.  You'll be wondering why it took you so long to make beets a part of your diet.


  • 9 medium-sized fresh beets
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt


How to Boil Beets

  1. Remove the tops from the beets, but leave a two inch stem.  This will help the pigment from leaching into the water.
  2. Wash and dry the beet roots.
  3. Add the vinegar and the beets to a large pot of water, then cover and bring to a boil.  Stir in the salt and reduce the heat to medium low.  Simmer until fork tender, roughly 30 to 45 minutes.
  4. Use a fork or slotted spoon to remove them, then let them cool.  Cut off the root and stem and discard.
  5. Optional: Keep the beet water.  Read the post for ideas on how to use it.
  6. Peel by using a piece of paper towel to wipe the skin off or peel under running water.
  7. Keep whole, quarter, slice, cube or puree depending on your recipe.

Dress up Boiled Beets With...

  1. Herb butter (try fresh dill, mint or tarragon)
  2. Balsamic glaze
  3. Beet juice reduction sauce
  4. Chopped caramelized or candied pecans on a salad of mixed greens


  • Want to keep the beet from bleeding too much into the water?  Keep at least 1 inch of the stem and the root intact before boiling them whole.
  • Use a plastic cutting board with paper towel or wax paper on top, so it doesn't get stained.
  • Sauté the beet greens and stems or use them in salads or soups.
  • Save the beet juice and use it in soups, rice, smoothies, pickled eggs, dye icing, or faux grape jelly.
  • Category: Vegetable side
  • Method: Boiled
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: how to cook beets, stove, how to peel beets



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