How To Roast Beets In A Toaster Oven

Roasted beets are full of sweet earthy flavor, loaded with vitamins and the perfect addition to any healthy dish. Whether you’re cooking red or yellow beets, you can keep the kitchen cool and use your little toaster oven.  Below we’re sharing our step-by-step directions for roasting sliced or whole beets in a toaster oven. 

Raw red and yellow beets with greens.

For the longest time, I always thought beets only came canned or pickled.

Then I tasted a FRESH ROASTED beet.

Each bite was full of earthy flavor, meaty texture, and a light sweetness.

After making this Roasted Beet And Cottage Cheese Toast for my husband he fell in love with beets too and now they are a regular staple in our house.

Toaster Oven Roasted Beets

Below you’ll find step by step directions for how we cook whole roasted and sliced beets in the toaster oven.

Sliced roasted beets on a white cutting board.

Toaster Oven Sliced Roasted Beets

The quickest way to roast beets is to peel, slice, and roast them.

This method is great for the yellow or golden beets as they don’t bleed when you peel them like the red ones do. You might want to consider wearing disposable gloves if you’re working with red beets.

Roasted golden beets in a small blue baking dish.

  • Wash and peel the beets, then slice them into 1/2-inch thick pieces.
  • Place in a well-oiled toaster oven baking dish or pan and drizzle with oil.
  • Season with salt and pepper.
  • Then roast at 400°F until the beets are fork-tender, about 25 to 30 minutes.

Toaster Oven Tip: Cover your pan.

Cut beets release juices as they roast that can end up baked onto the interior of your toaster oven making it harder to clean.

Chopped golden beets in a small baking dish.

If you want to use foil to cover your pan, refer to your manual or check with the manufacturer. For convenience, we just cover our baking dish with our toaster oven’s cooking pan.

Toaster Oven Whole Roasted Beets

When roasting whole beets, try to pick beetroots that are similar in size. Just like with baking potatoes, roasting cauliflower, carrots, Brussels sprouts, and asparagus spears produce that’s the same size cooks more evenly.

Move the rack in your toaster oven to the lowest position and preheat to 400°F.

Red beets with leaves attached on a cutting board.

If your beets still have their greens you’ll want to remove them.  Chop off the leaves but keep a small amount of the stem on each beet to use as a handle later.

Then wash, scrub and dry the beets.

I used to cut the tail off the beets but I don’t anymore as it causes the beets to lose their juices and as you’ll see later, makes things messier too.

So do as I say (not as pictured) and leave the tails on!

Also, don’t throw away the greens they are quite tasty in a salad or sauteed with olive oil and garlic.

Raw beetroot on a white cutting board.

In an effort to move away from using foil we’ve started cooking our beets in a small dutch oven.

If you’re using a dutch oven or covered casserole add a little oil to the bottom of the pot before adding your beets, then drizzle the beets with oil and rub the oil on the outside of each beet.

 

 Toaster Oven Tip

*Most manufacturers have specific instructions for the use of foil in their toaster ovens. Make sure to consult your manual before using foil in your toaster oven.

More toaster oven tips: 4 Surprising Things I’ll Never Use In Our Toaster Oven

To roast whole beets in foil, cut a piece of foil that’s slightly larger than your toaster oven’s baking sheet.

Place the beets on the foil and drizzle with oil, then sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Next wrap the foil edges over the beets into a package and pinch the seams closed.

Beets wrapped in foil on a quarter sheet pan

A lot of recipes will tell you to leave a tiny space open in the foil packet for venting.

I did that the first time I ever made roasted beets.  After spending time cleaning splattered beet juice off the inside of my toaster oven I pinch my seams closed!

Just be careful and allow the steam to slowly escape when opening the foil packet to check for doneness.

Beets wrapped in foil on a baking pan.

When placing the beets in your toaster oven make sure the foil packet is not touching the sides or the top heating elements.  Placing anything near the heating rods in a toaster oven can cause a fire.

Roast beets at 400°F until fork tender, about 40 to 60 minutes. The length of time will depend on the size of the beets.

 

Allow the beets to sit until they are cool enough to handle, then you can peel them.

Peeling Beets

Grab a cooked beet by its stem handle and using a paper towel gently rub the skin off.

Roasted beet on a paper towel with it's skin rubbed off.

Slice beets and enjoy plain, with a splash of balsamic vinegar or drizzle of Sriracha Vinaigrette.

Leftover beets can be stored in the refrigerator in a covered container or wrapped tightly in foil for up to 5 days.

Baked red and yellow beets in white dishes.

Baked red and yellow beets in white dishes.

Toaster Oven Roasted Beets Recipe

Yield: 2 people
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

Don't want to heat up your kitchen? Use your toaster oven to roast up a batch of earthy sweet beets today!

Ingredients

Sliced Roasted Beets

  • 1 Bunch Beets, (about 1lb)
  • 2 teaspoons Olive Oil
  • fine sea salt, to taste
  • black pepper, to taste

Whole Roasted Beets

  • 1 Bunch Beets, (about 1lb)
  • Olive Oil, for pan and drizzling
  • fine sea salt, to taste
  • black pepper, to taste

Instructions

Toaster Oven Sliced Roasted Beets

  1. Adjust the rack to the lowest position and preheat your toaster oven to 400°F. Lightly oil a small baking dish.
  2. Wash and scrub dirt from beets, then dry well. Peel beets and cut into 1/2-inch thick slices. 
  3. Add beets to the baking dish and drizzle with oil. Season with salt and pepper and stir to coat. Cover pan.
  4. Roast beets until they are fork tender, about 25 to 30 minutes.

Toaster Oven Whole Roasted Beets

  1. Move the rack to the lowest position and preheat your toaster oven to 400°F. Lightly oil a covered baking dish.
  2. Trim stems from beets, leaving a small amount to use as a handle. Wash and scrub dirt from beets, then dry well.
  3. Pour a little oil into your baking dish to coat the bottom. Add beets to dish and drizzle with oil. Rub the oil on the outside of each beet, then sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  4. Roast beets until fork tender, about 40 to 60 minutes. The length of time will depend on the size of your beets.
  5. Allow beets to cool until cool enough to handle and then peel. 

Notes

*Most manufacturers have specific instructions for the use of foil in their toaster ovens. Make sure to consult your manual before using foil in your toaster oven.

Beets can be stored refrigerated in a covered container for up to 5 days.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: Half of Recipe
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 140Total Fat: 5.1gSaturated Fat: 0.7gSodium: 175mgCarbohydrates: 22.6gFiber: 4.5gSugar: 18.1gProtein: 3.8g

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