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Honey Roasted Beets with Pistachios

Honey Oven Roasted Beets are sweet with a nutty pistachio crunch. This easy baked beet recipe makes a beautiful side dish or salad topper in under 15 minutes.

Top down photo of glistening red beet slices in a white bowl sprinkled with chopped pistachio nuts. The dish is sitting on a blue napkin next to an antique serving spoon.

When I say the word “beets” do you turn up your nose? This Oven Roasted Beet recipe may have you changing your mind. They’re sweet and tender with a nutty crunch.

Beets are number 10,100 of the vegetables that John stated he didn’t like. Just cooking them made him a little queasy, and our kids took his opinion.

Me? I’ve always loved them but even though I grew up in a rural community, my mother always bought them canned.

Are beets good for you?

Beets are low in calories and high in nutrients and fiber. You can learn more about the nutritional benefits of beets in this article.

Fresh beets are amazing and like a lot of vegetables oven roasting beets bring out their sweet flavor.

Close-up side-angle photo of glistening red beet slices in a white bowl sprinkled with chopped pistachio nuts.

There are several ways you can cook beets

Steam beets or whole roasted beets. The benefit of this method is that you don’t have to peel them. Once cooked and slightly cooled the peeling can be removed by rubbing it with a paper towel.

The disadvantage is that they can take up to an hour to roast.

Boiling beets is another option and again they don’t have to be peeled. This method can take over 30 minutes and valuable nutrients and the beautiful color can be lost through seepage.

Roasted Sliced Beets is what I chose to do. The disadvantage is pre peeling them. However, thinly sliced beets cook in 10 to 15 minutes and can be pre-seasoned.

Don’t toss the Beet Greens!

Beet greens can be cooked and eaten. Their flavor is slightly bitter and often compared to collard greens or kale and can be cooked with the same techniques.

Baked Beet Recipe Ingredients

A round wooden cutting board topped with raw red beets, pistachios, dishes of honey, oil, and butter, a small pile of salt and pepper.
  • Beets – I used red beets in my recipe but you can use your favorite variety.
  • Honey
  • Olive oil – you can use any cooking oil such as canola or vegetable.
  • Butter – salted or unsalted is fine.
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Pistachios – I love the combination of beets with pistachios. You could easily use walnuts or pecans too.

How to make Honey Roasted Sliced Beets

4 photos showing beets peeled and sliced, drizzled with honey, and butter and placed in a single layer on a foil-lined baking sheet. The process titles appear on the bottom of each photo.
  1. Preheat the oven to 375° and line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper for easy cleanup.
  2. Wash the peeling. Even though you are removing it, I always prewash my fruit or vegetables to remove any dirt or germs that I don’t want to be transferred to the inside.
  3. Use a knife to cut off the thin root and the top. Don’t discard the top!
  4. Use a vegetable peeler to remove the peel. You can use a paper towel to hold it or wear gloves if you don’t want to stain your skin. I didn’t do either and it washed off after a few hand washings.
  5. Slice the beets with a knife or mandoline 1/8 to 1/4-inch thick.
  6. Put the beets in a bowl and drizzle with olive oil or vegetable cooking oil. Salt and pepper the beets and then drizzle with honey.
  7. Lay the beet slices on the prepared baking sheet and bake.

How long does it take to oven roast beets depends on how thick you’ve cut them and how tender you prefer them. We like our oven-roasted beets al dente so 10 minutes was all the time I needed.

Check your beets after 10 minutes with a fork and if you want them softer give them another 5 minutes.

Pistachios take these baked beets to a whole new level!

A hand holding a small dish of chopped pistachio nuts being sprinkled onto a white dish filled with glistening oven roasted sliced red beets.

The soft and salty pistachios paired so well with the natural sweetness of the beets and the honey. They provided a soft nutty flavor and great texture. Not to mention beauty to the dish.

Beets also pair well with crumbled goat cheese and feta if you really wanted to get fancy!

Products I use

  • Baking Sheets – These sheet pans are durable and I have four of them so I can get everything baked in a jiffy!
  • Mandoline – This handheld mandoline allows me to slice directly onto a plate, cutting board or hook over a bowl. It also has a handy knob so I don’t slice my fingers!

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If you like these baked beets, here are a few more recipes you may enjoy.

Oh, and John said….they’re not bad. I’ll take that because he previously said he didn’t like beets because they tasted like dirt!

In my opinion, simply roasting beets taste the best. Baked beets don’t need sauces or any fancy techniques to make them taste delicious. Give them a try and let me know what you think!

Close-up angle photo of glistening red beet slices in a white bowl sprinkled with chopped pistachio nuts. The dish is sitting on a blue napkin.
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5 from 3 votes

Oven Roasted Beets Recipe

Honey Oven Roasted Beets are sweet with a nutty pistachio crunch. This easy beet recipe makes a beautiful side dish or salad topper in under 15 minutes.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Servings 4
Author Julie Menghini

Ingredients

  • 1 lb beets peeled and sliced
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp butter melted
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 cup pistachios chopped
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper.
  • Wash, peel, and slice beets 1/4-inch thick.
  • Place the sliced beets in a bowl. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Add the honey and melted butter. Mix to combine.
  • Put the sliced beets on the prepared baking sheet in a single layer. Bake uncovered for 10 minutes. Test doneness with a fork. Bake an additional 5 minutes if needed.
  • Remove the beets and add them to a serving bowl. Sprinkle with chopped pistachios and serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 152kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 145mg | Potassium: 447mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 158IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 1mg
This recipe was calculated using the exact brands and measurements I used to make this recipe. If you are following a strict diet please note changing anything will cause the nutritional info to change. My calculations are intended as a guide only.
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Recipe Rating




Erin Parker

Wednesday 1st of April 2020

The honey and pistachios really take these beets over the top for us! As someone who's struggled to like beet flavors, this recipe REALLY made the beets sing for me!

Kathleen Pope

Sunday 29th of March 2020

The hubs and I adore beets, and this was an amazingly tasty, flavorful and easy recipe to make!

Julie Menghini

Monday 30th of March 2020

Thank you, Kathleen!

Sandra Shaffer

Sunday 29th of March 2020

We love beets! Roasting them is my favorite way to make them too, but I've never tried them with honey butter. Simple and delicious. Thanks for a great recipe.

Julie Menghini

Monday 30th of March 2020

Thank you, Sandra!

Deb Clark

Saturday 28th of March 2020

No, I don't turn up my nose! And if John doesn't like them, then there's more for the rest of us! ;) Love this combination - delicious! Wonderful side dish and so easy to make!