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Boiled whole beets are peeled and served on a plate.
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How to Boil Beets

Learn how to boil whole beets to use in your favorite salad, hummus, and soup recipes.  This simple recipe makes their skin slide right off.  You'll learn three different methods to peel boiled beets as well as a few tips to remove those pesky red stains from your hands and cutting board!

Course sides
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 beets
Calories 35 kcal
London Brazil


  • 2-8 beets
  • salt


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
  2. Add 1 teaspoon of salt for every 4 beets you are boiling.

  3. Wash and scrub the beets to remove all dirt and debris.

  4. Cut and remove the leaves leaving 1-2 inches of the stem remaining.
  5. Boil smaller beets for 20 minutes and larger beets for up to 40 minutes.
  6. You’ll know the beets are done boiling when they can be easily pierced with a fork or knife.
  7. Drain beets in a colander or remove from water with a slotted spoon.
  8. Rinse beets under cool water to peel the skin. You can also use a paper towel or knife to remove the skin so you do not get as much of the red color on your hands.
  9. Use beets in your favorite hummus, salad, or side dish recipes.

Recipe Notes

  • Nutrition information is for 1 medium-sized beet.
Nutrition Facts
How to Boil Beets
Amount Per Serving
Calories 35 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 64mg3%
Potassium 267mg8%
Carbohydrates 8g3%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 27IU1%
Vitamin C 4mg5%
Calcium 13mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.