Betty Crocker How to Cook Beets

Total Time
1hr 10mins
Prep 10 mins
Cook 1 hr

a good place to start


  1. [If you can, buy beets with the stems and greens still attached, as they come out of the ground.
  2. Ask the produce manager at your grocery or health food store to buy organic beets with the nourishing leaves attached!]].
  3. Cut off all but 2 inches of the green stems.
  4. Save the leaves because they are very nutritious and can be steamed, sauteed or shredded in salads!
  5. Leave the beets whole with 2 inches of stems at the top and root ends at the bottom. This prevents the red color from seeping out into the water [and all over the place too!].
  6. Place in a saucepan covered with salted water to taste (with at least 1 tsp of vinegar).
  7. Boil until tender [usually, 30-45 minutes, depending on the size of the beets]. Boiling can take up to 60 minutes for larger beets.
  8. Drain and run cold water over beets. The skins will slip right off with the root ends, but make sure you wear kitchen gloves so your hands don't turn red.
  9. To serve, you can add melted butter, salt and pepper, basil, savory, caraway seeds or sprinkle with minced chives or parsley.
  10. NOTE: i prefer to steam my vegetables in an OSTER mechanical food steamer available cheap with free shipping from - so i peel and slice mine for faster cooking as i do for all potatoes.
  11. But you can steam this in a covered pot with a steamer insert also - just make sure the water doesn't evaporate: bring the salted water with more vinegar added to a boil and add the steamer insert and beets. Cover and steam on medium or medium low heat until they are your desired tenderness.
  12. One thing is for sure - never peel or cut the stems or roots if steaming or boiling whole - it's SO much easier not to have red dye and red water dripping everywhere - and the skins come right off easily once cooked. Peeling is a waste of time and makes a mess!


Most Helpful

This is how I always cook them. . .gotta love the tried and true Betty Crocker recipes. Actual recipe calls for 1 tsp of salt and 1 Tbsp of Vinegar I believe.

JanuaryBride February 22, 2009

listn dawg im e40 cuzin mang and this is BOMB dawg love it :)

joobles December 06, 2016

They came out beautiful! I didn't use vinegar cause I was out or gloves and my hands aren't stained. I can't believe I've never cooked beets before, waiting for cooling to add to salad. After being cooling they're tender and delicious.

Patricia L. November 08, 2016

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