Pickled Beets are one of the best ways to enjoy this brightly colored vegetable. To make this simple overnight recipe, let roasted beets sit in a pickling solution in the refrigerator with dill and garlic. The result is sweet, slightly sour, but absolutely delicious.

A fork scoops a pickled beet cube out of the jar.

There’s this wonderful German spot down the street that serves a side of pickled veggies with all of their sausages.

While the pickled carrots and cabbage are delicious, I can’t seem to help myself but to devour the pickled beets first!

The salty and acidic bite paired with the delicate texture is unbeatable.

Since eating out, I set to work transforming this Refrigerator Dill Pickles recipe into one that would work with beets instead.

It is a cinch to whisk some brining solution then pour it over roasted beets, garlic, dill, and pickling spice. This is the BEST homemade pickled beets recipe you’ll find.

The cherry on top… It is ready to enjoy the next day!

Beets, vinegar, water, salt, sugar, and seasonings are the ingredients for pickled beets.

Ingredients

The simple ingredients you need to make this Pickled Beet recipe include:

  • Beets. You will want medium-sized ones so they will roast more quickly. This recipe only needs ½ pound which comes to about 2. If you want to save time, you can also buy a bag of already peeled and roasted ones such as Love Beets. You can also start with previously boiled beets to speed things up!
  • Vinegar. Distilled White Vinegar is essential to get that classic pickle taste that everyone loves. Apple cider vinegar will work if that is all you have, but the end result won’t quite be the same.
  • Water. This is needed to balance out the acidic flavor you get from vinegar. Otherwise, the solution might be too sour.
  • Salt. The secret to any good brine! If you can get pickling salt, that is the best. But normal table salt is just fine. Start with a smaller amount since you can always add more.
  • Sugar. You only need a little bit to help offset the tart taste of the vinegar. You can use more or less based on your preference.
  • Optional Ingredients. Fresh dill, whole cloves of garlic, black peppercorn, or pickling spice all are fantastic and add a depth of flavor.

How to Make Pickled Beets

Below are the steps to follow to make this Pickled Beet recipe:

Roast the Beets

Check out the different ways to roast beets.

Preheat the oven to 400℉.

Rub some olive oil on the outside of the whole beets. Then, wrap each one in foil completely.

Place your beets on a parchment-lined baking sheet. This step is important because juices might seep.

Roast the vegetables in the oven for 45 to 75 minutes. At about 30 minutes left, start checking the beets by poking a knife into the middle to see how tender they are.

Set them aside to cool after they’re fully cooked. When you can handle the roasted vegetables, peel and discard the skin.

Cut the beets into ½ to 1 inch cubes.

Perfect Pickling Brine

This step can be done while the beets are roasting.

Add vinegar, salt, sugar, and water to a large pot. Over high heat, bring the vinegar mixture to a boil. Immediately reduce the heat and allow it to summer for 2 to 3 minutes.

If you heat the liquid too long, there will not be enough solution left for the carrots. Watch it carefully as it cooks.

Allow it to cool before pouring it over the beets.

Pickling solution is whisked in a saucepan.

Fill the Jars

The best jars to use are wide mouth pint jars.

There are two ways to fill the containers. Either place the beets in the jar alone or add some other ingredients. Whole garlic cloves, black peppercorns, fresh dill, and pickling spice are each delicious in this recipe.

Carefully set whatever ingredients you are using with the beets in the jar. Don’t push things down, you will want room for the vinegar solution to get between the vegetables.

Pour the brine over the beets. You will probably have to add some water to fill the headspace.

Cover and Store

Use a paper towel to wipe off the rim of the jar, then screw on the lid.

Allow the pickled beets to sit in the fridge overnight, but they will continue to get better each day.

A jar of roasted beets in a brine in a sealed jar.

Meal Prep and Storage

  • To Prep-Ahead: It is best to make this entire recipe at least 1 to 2 days before you need it.
  • To Store: Keep pickled beets in an airtight jar in the refrigerator for up to 2 to 3 months.
  • To Freeze: This recipe will stay in the freezer for up to 9 to 12 months. Make sure you drain the pickling solution first.
Roasted beets, garlic, dill, and pepper are brined in a jar.

FAQs

Are pickled beets good for you?

Fermented foods, like pickled beets, have healthy bacteria known as probiotics which aid in digestion and increase your overall health.

Should pickled beets be served hot or cold?

Generally, this food is served chilled or at room temperature.

How long after pickling beets can you eat them?

You can eat pickled beets after 12 hours, but they will be even better after 2 to 3 days.

Expert Tips and Tricks

  • Wrap ’em up. Completely cover beets in olive oil and foil before roasting so they steam while cooking.
  • Cut it up. Be sure to chop the beets into small pieces so they soak up the vinegar mixture.
  • Keep it short. Only heat the brining solution until the sugar and salt is dissolved.
  • Fill it up. Add water to ensure solution is completely covering the beets in the jar.
  • Get creative. Pickled beets are delicious on so many things like salads, sandwiches, or even in a bowl with feta cheese.
Six jars of pickled vegetables.

Ways to Use Pickled Beets

This recipe is delicious as a side or in any dish that calls for roasted beets. Try one of these first:

More Quick Pickled Vegetable Recipes

Pickled vegetables are so easy to make! If you loved beets, give one of these other recipes a shot:

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Quick Pickled Beets Recipe

Pickled Beets are one of the best ways to enjoy this brightly colored vegetable. To make this simple overnight recipe, let roasted beets sit in a pickling solution in the refrigerator with dill and garlic.
Yield 4 servings
Prep 5 minutes
Cook 50 minutes
Total 55 minutes

Ingredients 

  • ½ lb. beets medium-sized
  • cup distilled white vinegar
  • cup water
  • 1 ¼ tsp. salt
  • 1 Tbsp. sugar
  • Pickling spice red pepper flakes, garlic, and/or dill, optional

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Roast whole beets wrapped in aluminum foil for 45 – 60 minutes, or until a knife pierces easily. Once cooked and cooled to room temperature, peel and discard the skin and then cut into ½ to 1-inch cubes.
  • Add vinegar, water, salt, and sugar to a saucepan over high heat. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to low. Simmer for 2-3 minutes, whisking occasionally, or until the salt and sugar have dissolved.
  • Add the beets to a 16-oz. mason jar along with pickling spice, red pepper flakes, garlic, and/or dill, if using.
  • Pour the warm solution over the beets and let cool to room temperature. If there is any space left in the jar, pour additional water in until it just reaches the top.
  • Cover the jar with a lid and store in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours or up to overnight before enjoying.

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Notes

Meal Prep and Storage

  • To Prep-Ahead: It is best to make this entire recipe at least 1 to 2 days before you need it.
  • To Store: Keep pickled beets in an airtight jar in the refrigerator for up to 2 to 3 months.
  • To Freeze: This recipe will stay in the freezer for up to 9 to 12 months.

Nutrition

Calories: 46kcal, Carbohydrates: 9g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 0.1g, Saturated Fat: 0.01g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.04g, Monounsaturated Fat: 0.02g, Sodium: 643mg, Potassium: 185mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 8g, Vitamin A: 19IU, Vitamin C: 3mg, Calcium: 13mg, Iron: 0.5mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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