Rodbetor (Swedish Pickled Beets)

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 10 mins

This is a very simple and basic recipe for pickled beets. I prefer mine spiced up a bit (I throw in 1/2 a cinnamon stick and 4 whole cloves), but this was nice for a change. Not a canning recipe, so easy to throw together for a BBQ! Time does not include 2 hours resting/chilling time - which is truly all that is required for the flavors to come through! NOTE: I made this last evening with one 15oz can of sliced beets, cut them into strips, then halved the amount of vinegar mixture - it came together super quick and was delicious. Recipe from

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 12 cup white vinegar
  • 12 cup water
  • 12 cup sugar (I use 1/4 cup Splenda and 1/4 cup sugar to light it up a bit)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pinch pepper
  • 2 cups beets, cooked, peeled and sliced into rounds (The beets can be diced, julienned or cut into wedges to vary their presentation.)


  1. Bring the vinegar, water, sugar, salt and pepper to a boil in a non-reactive saucepan. Reduce heat and simmer for about 5 minutes to completely dissolve sugar.
  2. Place the beets in a stainless steel or glass bowl. Pour hot vinegar mixture over the beets, cover and chill for at least 2 hours before serving.
Most Helpful

I made these with cylindrical beets from the garden and they turned out great! I enjoyed the flavors, just right. Thanks! Made for Vegetarian Swap, Aug. 2010.

Sharon123 August 22, 2010

So simple and tasty. I added some slices of red onion. Thanks! Made for ZWT 6

Rita~ June 07, 2010

I really enjoyed this simple method of pickling beets. It was very tasty, and really brought back some great memories of my mom preparing pickled beets quite often during my childhood. I made it today to enjoy with Onion and Herring Sandwich - Smorrebrod, and it was a perfect pairing. It's a recipe I'm sure I'll come back to often. Thanks for sharing your recipe, JanuaryBride. Made for Zaar World Tour #6.

NorthwestGal June 06, 2010