How to Make Perfectly Roasted Beets

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Beets have a reputation for tasting like, well, dirt. Here’s how to fix that: pop them in the oven and roast until the beets are caramelized, sweet, and downright perfect.

Once beets are roasted to perfection, they make a tasty side dish or great addition to salads, quinoa, sandwiches, smoothies, or even topped on oatmeal or chia seed pudding – seriously, try it.

roasted beets

The Health Benefits of Beets

You can tell just by looking at beets that they are one healthy vegetable. Along with boasting serious nutrients, beets contain powerful antioxidants that support the body from head to toe. These powerful phytonutrients, which give beets their vivid color, are thought to have anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer effects.

Beets, of all colors, contain important vitamins and minerals including folate, manganese, potassium, copper, iron, magnesium, and vitamins C and B6, among others. They’re also great sources of dietary fiber, which promotes digestive health and optimal cholesterol levels.

Beets help to support the health and function of the liver by supporting the liver’s natural detoxification pathways. For this reason, beets have been historically considered a natural liver cleanser.

Beets may also help to lower blood pressure thanks to their naturally occurring nitrates. These are converted into nitric oxide in the body, which acts as vasodilator, or blood vessel dilator, which can improve blood flow and lower blood pressure.

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How to Make Perfectly Roasted Beets

Earthy flavored, raw beets are an acquired taste. Roasted beets, on the other hand, are sure to please even the pickiest of vegetable eaters.

The key to making perfect roasted beets is to use high heat and a high heat cooking oil, such as avocado oil. Oils like olive oil and coconut oil have relatively low smoke points (of around 300-350 degrees Fahrenheit) and are not suited for high heat roasting.

With a liberal sprinkle of sea salt (the more the merrier) and ample amounts of crushed black pepper, roasted beets taste more candy-like than dirt.

Feel free to add on dried herbs before roasting to add additional flavor. Some delicious additions are dried thyme, herbs de Provence, basil, oregano, turmeric, and garlic powder.

Allow beets to roast for at least 25 to 30 minutes in the oven. This ensures that the beets will be tender, juicy, and still a bit crisped. They’ll be done when edges start to become brown. Remove the roasted beets from the oven and let slightly cool before digging in.

You’ll be eating these roasted beets straight from the baking tray – they’re that perfect.

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Perfect Roasted Beets
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Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 2 bunches of beets, about 8-10 medium beets
  • 2 Tbsp avocado oil
  • ½ tsp sea salt + more to taste
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper + more to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit and line a baking tray with parchment paper.
  2. Trim greens, wash, and scrub beets. Cut into even size pieces and add to lined baking tray.
  3. Drizzle with avocado oil, sea salt, and pepper. Roast for 25-30 minutes or until beets are fork tender and caramelized. Add more sea salt and pepper, if necessary.
  4. Remove from oven and enjoy!
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Photos by Kate Gavlick

Kate Gavlick
Kate Gavlick

Kate is a Nutritionist with a Master's of Nutrition from the National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon and the blogger and photographer of Vegukate. Kate believes in nourishing the whole body with real, vibrant foods that feed the mind, body, soul, gut, and every single little cell. Her philosophy is simple when it comes to food and nourishment: cut the processed junk, listen to your body, eat by the seasons, eat plates and bowls filled with color, stress less, and enjoy every single bite. When she's not cooking in her too tiny Portland kitchen, Kate can be found perusing farmer's markets, doing barre classes, hiking, reading, and exploring.