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Honey Roasted Beets Recipe (with Pistachios)

Sweet, earthy beets get a flavor boost in this easy roasted beet recipe. The beets are drizzled with honey and roasted until tender. Then they’re topped with crunchy chopped pistachios for a delicious sweet and savory dish. Honey Oven Roasted Beets are sweet with a nutty pistachio crunch. This easy-baked sliced 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.

Whether you’re looking for a unique side dish or a new way to enjoy this colorful root vegetable, these Honey Roasted Beets with crunchy pistachios make a tasty addition to any meal.

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 the beets are cooked and slightly cooled, you can remove the peels by rubbing the beets with a paper towel.

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

You can also boil beets without peeling them first. However, this method can take over 30 minutes. Boiling can cause valuable nutrients and their vibrant color to leach out into the cooking liquid.

Roasted Sliced Beets is what I chose to do. The disadvantage is pre-peeling them. However, if you thinly slice the beets, you can cook them in just 10 to 15 minutes. You can also pre-season the sliced beets before cooking.

Don’t toss the Beet Greens!

You can cook and eat beet greens. Their flavor is slightly bitter and often compared to collard greens or kale. You can cook beet greens using the same techniques you would use for collards or kale.

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 – This is a red beet recipe 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. I always prewash my fruit or vegetables before preparing them, even if I plan to remove the skin. This removes any dirt or germs on the outside that I don’t want 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? It depends on how thick you’ve cut them and how tender you prefer them. I cooked the oven-roasted beets al dente for just 10 minutes.

Check your sliced roasted 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.

What to put on cooked beets

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

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

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 fresh beets tastes the best. This sliced beets recipe doesn’t need sauces or fancy techniques to make them taste delicious. Give them a try and let me know what you think!

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I hope you enjoyed this delicious recipe as much as we do. Drop me a comment below, and don’t forget to give it a star rating. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐. Your comments and ratings help others decide if this recipe is for them too.

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.

Oven Roasted Beets Recipe

Author: Julie Menghini
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.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Side Dish, Vegetarian
Cuisine American
Keyword: Beets, Roasted beets
Servings: 4


  • 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


  • 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.


Calories: 152kcalCarbohydrates: 22gProtein: 3gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 145mgPotassium: 447mgFiber: 4gSugar: 17gVitamin A: 158IUVitamin C: 6mgCalcium: 26mgIron: 1mg

Nutritional Disclaimer

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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This recipe has been updated to improve readers’ experience. No changes were made to the recipe.

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5 from 3 votes
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!

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