These roasted beets are for everyone! If you already love beetroots, I think you’ll be a big fan of this foil-free, no-peeling-required roasted beet recipe. If you don’t enjoy beets (yet), this roasting method just might change your mind.
These roasted beets feature lightly caramelized, tender-but-not-quite-crisp exteriors and deep, condensed flavor. I don’t love beets in all applications, but these? I have to stop myself from devouring the whole pan before dinner.
With this method, simply scrub the beets well before baking. No need to peel before or after baking. The skin, which is perfectly edible, just seems to disappear during the baking process.
For beets, since we don’t want crispy outsides (tender is nicer), we’ll roast at 375 degrees. Easy!
How to Serve Roasted Beets
Enjoy these roasted beets as a simple side dish, or gussy them up as I did in the first photo (I used fresh dill, chives, goat cheese and a thick balsamic vinegar).
You can also serve them as a component within your meal, or on top of a hearty salad. You’ll find some suggestions below to help you improvise.
Flavors that pair well with roasted beets:
- Arugula and other bold greens, including collard greens
- Balsamic vinegar, as well as red wine vinegar and apple cider vinegar
- Black pepper
- Creamy cheese and dairy, including feta, goat cheese, blue cheese, ricotta, crème fraîche, sour cream and plain yogurt
- Fresh herbs, including dill, basil, chives, mint, parsley, cilantro, tarragon and thyme
- Honey and maple syrup
- Lemon and orange
- Lentils (here’s how to cook them)
- Nuts and seeds, including pistachios, hazelnuts, walnuts, pecans, pine nuts, pepitas and sunflower seeds
- Onions, especially green, red and shallots
More Irresistible Beet Recipes
- Colorful Beet Salad with Carrot, Quinoa & Spinach
- Gaby’s Roasted Beets and Labneh
- Simple Beet, Arugula and Feta Salad with Hilary’s Balsamic Thyme Dressing
Craving more roasted veggies?
Roasting vegetables is a simple art. Here are quite a few delicious options:
- Roasted Asparagus
- Roasted Broccoli (Plus Four Variations)
- Roasted Brussels Sprouts
- Roasted Carrots (Three Ways)
- Roasted Cauliflower (Four Ways)
- Roasted Green Beans
- Roasted Potatoes
- Roasted Sweet Potatoes
Please let me know how your beets turn out in the comments! I love hearing from you.
Perfect Roasted Beets
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 40 minutes
- Total Time: 50 minutes
- Yield: 4 servings 1x
- Category: Side dish
- Method: Roasted
- Cuisine: Mediterranean
- Diet: Vegan
Learn how to roast beets with this simple recipe! No foil here. For best flavor, slice the beets and roast them on a pan, as you would other vegetables. Recipe yields 4 side servings and fits perfectly on a half-sheet pan.
- 1 ½ pounds beets (about 3 large or 5 small-to-medium)
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- ¼ teaspoon fine salt, to taste
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and line a large, rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper for easy clean-up. Scrub the beets well with a vegetable brush under running water (no need to peel them at any point).
- Using a sharp chef’s knife, slice off the base of each beet to create a flat surface, and slice off the skinny pointy ends as well. Place each beet with its flat side against the cutting board and slice the beets in half, then slice the beets into wedges of even thickness, about ½ to ¾-inch thick on the widest edge.
- Place the beet wedges on the prepared baking sheet. Drizzle the beets with the olive oil and sprinkle with the salt. Toss until the beets are evenly coated, then arrange them in a single layer across the pan.
- Roast for 35 to 40 minutes, tossing halfway, until you’re able to pierce through the beets with a fork with light pressure. Season with additional salt, to taste, if desired, and serve.
Yield notes: If you’re roasting less than 1 ½ pounds of beets at a time, your beets will have more room around them and may finish roasting a bit sooner. If you want to double the recipe, I’d suggest using two baking sheets in the lower and upper thirds of the oven, swapping the pan positions after tossing.