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Golden Beet Salad

How To Cook Fresh Beets

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  • Author: Chef Whitney Aronoff
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: 4-5 servings 1x
  • Category: Vegetable
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan


How to cook fresh beets the non-toxic healthy way using no aluminum foil. This is the best way to cook beets for easy peeling and clean-up.


  • 45 Fresh whole beets
  • Oven safe pot with lid (such as clay or enamel pot, dutch oven, Le Creuset or Staub)


  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  • Remove fresh greens from beet root and set aside. Wash beet root and wipe clean to remove any dirt. Trim ends.
  • Add beet roots to a large, oven safe pot. Cover beet roots with water, about an inch above the beets. Cover pot with lid. Bake for 1 hour. Adjust time according to the size of the beets.
  • Remove from oven, drain water, and let cool for 15-20 minutes. Using a paper towel, simply rub skin off of the beets. Or, use a peeler.
  • Slice beets and enjoy. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.


  • For large beets, cook for 1 1/2 hours
  • For small beets, cook for 45 minutes.
  • Cooking time is the same for red, orange or yellow beets.
  • You can cook more then 4-5 beets at once. It all depends on how many can fit in your pot. I prefer using a medium sized Le Creuset Dutch Oven.