How to Cook Beets

Any way you like them − you can boil, microwave, bake, or charcoal roast beets from the supermarket or fresh from the garden.

You will need

  • 1 lb. beets
  • Seasoning
  • Butter
  • Paprika
  • Horseradish
  • Walnuts
  • Goat cheese
  • Microwave
  • 1 qt. casserole
  • Hot coals and grill
  • Aluminum foil

Step 1 Remove greens Remove the greens from 1 pound of beets, but leave 2 inches of stem.

Step 2 Boil beets Boil the beets in water until they are tender, adding water as necessary. Young beets may require 30 to 40 minutes; mature beets up to 2 hours to cook.

Step 3 Microwave beets Microwave beets in a 1-quart casserole for 12 minutes as an alternative.

Step 4 Bake beets Bake the beets at 325 degrees until they’re tender as another alternative. Allow at least 30 minutes for young beets and 1 hour for mature beets.

Step 5 Roast beets Wrap sliced beets in aluminum foil with seasoning and butter and roast them over hot coals on a grill.

Step 6 Cool beets Cool the beets slightly and remove their skins.

Step 7 Season Season to taste, and serve with melted butter and parley. Paprika, horseradish, walnuts, and goat cheese also make tasty additions.