For most people, their first reaction to hearing about beetroots is typically negative, but that’s just because they haven’t had them roasted in the oven. I’ll admit, beets aren’t the most desired food out there, but when baked properly, this vegetable is delicious. Along with being tasty, beets are loaded with a bunch of nutrients that are great for your body. Even if you are skeptical, you should still give them a try at least once. To make this a success, the cooking time and oven temp for the beets must be right. I often hear this question. How long to roast beets in oven and what temp? In this guide, I like to cover this and share tips on perfecting the recipes for roasting beets in oven.
How long to roast beets depends on the oven temp used. The oven temp I like is 400 and 425 degrees Fahrenheit. So, let’s talk about the cooking times required at these 2 oven temperatures and the results you can expect.
It needs 30 minutes to roast beets in the oven at 400 degrees Fahrenheit in the oven for the best result. This combination of oven temp and cook time, can give you a tender and delicious beets that are easy to eat and full of rich and earthy flavors. It’s okay to have a little crunch on the edges, but it tastes best in my opinion when tender. A perfectly cooked beet will be easy to pierce with a fork with subtle earthy and sweet tones to it. Try not to overbake or underbake your beets, the texture actually has a surprising amount of influence on how they taste.
At 425 degrees Fahrenheit, it only requires 20 minutes to roast the beets in the oven for the best result. This oven temp gives you a crispier but drier beets. If you like extra crunch, this oven temp is great for you. However, the temperature cooks really fast. So keep an eye on the beetroots to make sure that they don’t over cook and get burnt as burnt beets is going taste awful.
Certain qualities need to be met to make sure you get the best results, so use caution when changing up the temperature. If you like extra crunch, you can go up to 450 degrees to broil the beets. As is the case with all things, a higher temperature will cook faster, but it could cause worse results. At 450 degrees, it’s going to dry out the moisture in the beets, resulting in a dry beetroot. Also, if you are roasting the whole beetroot, the inside may not be cooked or undercooked, as the high temperatures are going to cook the outside much faster than the inside. Beets taste best when they are tender and not too crispy, so be careful not to go too high.
If you like the beets to be softer and moist, go for a lower oven temp such as 350 or 375 degrees. If you use a lower temperature of around 375 degrees, you can expect a longer cooking time of 40 minutes for your beets. And for 350 degrees, you need to cook the beets for 50 minutes. Beets are hard when raw, meaning that you have to cook them for them to soften. When using lower temperatures, you need to cook them long enough or you can end up with potentially tough beets. If the temperature is too low or you don’t wait long enough before taking them out, they might struggle to soften in time.
What works well for one person might not work well for another, so try different temperatures to see what’s best for you.
The best temperature to bake beets at is 400 degrees for a few reasons. First off, beets can be hit or miss in terms of flavor, texture, and taste. Unless you like beets in all forms, you want to make sure you cook them right. Using too high of a temperature can cause the beets to dry out and become crunchy. This might be something you enjoy, but most people prefer a tender beet over a crunchy one. If you use a lower temperature, you will be waiting a while to eat and the results could be subpar. Cooking at 400 degrees is the best way to ensure a delicious beet that you can use to make a lot of different dishes.
Beets are healthy and nutritious vegetables that can be tasty and tender when cooked properly. You could easily search online and get lots of roasted beets recipes. But I only use this simple and easy baked beetroot recipes to make this earthy side dish at home. And here how to cook beets in the oven.
Go to the store and buy 4 beets, olive oil, seasonings, and parchment paper.
Start by thoroughly cleaning off the outside of the beets, you don’t want to eat any dirt or sand, so clean them well.
Take a knife and cut them into quarters, similar to how you would cut an apple.
Coat the beet slices in a thin layer of olive oil and season well.
Place a piece of parchment paper on a baking sheet. Put the beet slices on the baking sheet evenly.
Set the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Place the beets in the oven and bake for 30 minutes. Bake for 15 minutes on each side for the best results. Once it is done baking, take them out and wait for them to cool and enjoy!
Cooking can be a pain sometimes, so it’s nice to know that there are a few things we can do to speed up the process a little bit.
The recipe for this dish is pretty simple, so have the ingredients you need on hand. Beets can last about 10 days in the fridge before they start to get soft and go bad.
Raw beets don’t freeze very well, so make sure you cook them all the way through before freezing. Cooked beets can last up to 8 months in the freezer before the quality starts to decrease. For the days you don’t feel like cooking, use these tips to help you out in the future.
The best oven temp to cook the beets fast without uneven cooking is 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Using a lower temp will result in a longer cook time while a higher temp increases the risk of over-cooking. If you don’t like the crisp that comes with cooking the beets at 400 degrees, cover them with a foil. This will keep the beets from being exposed to the direct heat of the oven that will crisp up the exterior.
If you still need to cut down time on the cooking, you can turn on the convection fan in your oven to speed things up. This will send the hot air circulating around the beets to cook them better.
The higher the oven temp, the crispier the exterior of the roasted beets. However, roasting beets at a high temp tends to get them burnt and also dry out all the moisture. If you like a tender beets with extra crisp, go for a dual temp approach. First, roast the beets covered in foil at 375 degrees for 30 minutes. The low temperature and foil both helps to retain the moisture. Then remove the foil and broil the beets at 450 degrees for 5 minutes to get that extra crispy crunch.
If you discover that you aren’t fond of the way beets taste on their own, no worries, you can include the beets in plenty of other dishes that can help to bring out the best flavors.
You can’t go wrong with a good sandwich. Slice up a few pieces of roasted beet and include them in your sandwich for some added textures and flavors.
Beets also do well in salads. Use arugula and other bitter herbs to compliment your beets with some Italian dressing and tomatoes. You can also season them pretty well to mask some of their naturally earthy and bitter tones.
Overall, you should try having baked beets at least once in your life. Who knows, you might find yourself falling in love with this vegetable at first bite.