How To Roast Beets

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Learning how to roast beets is something that I am so glad I took the time to figure out. Getting those purple rocks soft and delectable is much easier than I imagined!

a top down shot of a black plate piled high with roasted beets

Beets are one of those vegetables that don’t get appreciated nearly as much as they should. Knowing how to prepare beets and what to pair them with will add some color and flavor to the dinner table.

Often thought of as super hard and impossible to cut and slice. Roasting is a great way to enjoy them without the wrestling match and the risk of losing a finger.

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Two raw beets rest on a white plate, ready to be prepared and roasted

How To Roast Beets

Want to make the best oven-roasted beets? Read on for a few tips.

First, Don’t bother peeling them first. I know that sounds crazy but just give them a good scrubbing with a vegetable brush. Cut off the roots and tops, if desired.

Use a sturdy cutting board and long knife, and cut larger beets in half, if needed. Smaller beets can just be left whole in one piece.

raw beets have been sliced and placed on a metal sheet pan

Second, place the beets on a baking sheet and drizzle with oil. Sprinkle them with salt and pepper. Roast your beets until they are fork-tender.

Third, wear rubber gloves when removing the skins. Use a paring knife to peel the skins off the beets after roasting. The skin is edible though and after a good scrubbing will nearly disappear into the beets when cooked.

Beets are known for their purple-dying abilities so no gloves will result in purple hands for a week or so. I use these kitchen gloves for countless cooking tasks.

Roasted beets are an amazing side dish on their own, or sprinkle them with a few herbs or goat cheese for a creamy topping. You can also chill your beets and chop or grate them later for topping dishes like this Roasted Beet Salad.

a close up of the seasoning on sliced beets on a metal pan

How To Roast Whole Beets

Here are step-by-step instructions on how to roast beets:

Prep the oven: Preheat your oven to 425°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Prep the beets: Wash and trim your beets. You can roast them whole or cut them into halves or quarters for a faster roasting time. Oil and season the beets and arrange them on your baking pan.

a black plate full of sliced roasted beets on a wooden tabletop with a checkered black and white napkin visible in the background

How Long To Roast Beets

Wondering how long to roast the beets? The size of the pieces and how crowded your baking sheet is will impact the cooking time.

Beets are a dense vegetable, so start with 45 minutes and then check every 5 minutes or so by poking with a fork until the desired doneness is achieved.

piping hot roasted beet slices, fresh from the oven
a close up image of glorious roasted beets on a black plate

How to Roast Beets

Learn how to roast beets with just a few simple steps.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 4 servings


  • 1 pound beets approximately 4 medium sized
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt adjust to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper adjust to taste


  • Preheat your oven to 425°F. Trim the tops and roots. Wash thoroughly scrubbing with a vegetable brush. Cut beets in half for roasting.
  • Place the beets on the baking sheet and drizzle with oil. Season with salt and pepper and toss to coat.
  • Roast the beets for 45 minutes. The pieces should be tender when poked with a fork. If needed roast, another 5-10 minutes.


If desired, use a paring knife to peel the skins off the beets after roasting. The skin is edible though and after a good scrubbing will nearly disappear into the beets when cooked.


Calories: 80kcal · Carbohydrates: 11g · Protein: 2g · Fat: 4g · Saturated Fat: 1g · Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g · Monounsaturated Fat: 3g · Sodium: 379mg · Potassium: 370mg · Fiber: 3g · Sugar: 8g · Vitamin A: 38IU · Vitamin C: 6mg · Calcium: 19mg · Iron: 1mg
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