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Sautéed Rosemary-Lemon Beets

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Sautéed beets make a great side dish or an addition to a salad. These red beauties are seasoned with rosemary and lemon for a bright flavor that goes with almost anything. Try serving them along with a simple steamed salmon or something more extravagant like our fig and brie stuffed chicken.

A serving dish of sauteed beets.
Sautéed rosemary-lemon beets

One of my favorite beet side dishes is sautéed rosemary-lemon beets.  They are also wonderful in a green salad with roasted beets and blue cheese or you could try my favorite fried goat cheese salad.

Sauteed Rosemary-Lemon Beets

How to Sauté Beets:

Since I wanted large, hearty chunks of beets the best way to sauté them is to pre-cook them in boiling water first. After you boil them you can peel, slice, and sauté them in a hot skillet.

Fresh beets getting ready to be boiled before they get sauteed.

Leave the skin and the top of the stems on the beets while they cook in boiling water. It is much easier to manage the mess from the red beet juice if you leave the skin and stems in place.

By the way, save the leafy greens to make sautéed beet greens. Nothing goes to waste with beets.

Three beets in a pot of boiling water.

When they finish boiling, drain and let them cool until you can handle them and slip the skin off. Here’s how to make easy work of it.

Hold a beet by the stem in a paper towel with the root tail upward. With another paper towel, pinch off the root-tail off and begin pushing the skin downward toward the stem.

When all the skin has been pushed down just give the stem a twist and woohoo! You have a nice skinless, shiny, beet. You may want to wear kitchen gloves to prevent the beet juice from staining your hands.

Sliced beets in a pan to make sauteed beets.

After you slice the beets, sauté them with garlic and herbs then toss them in lemon juice.

Sautéed Rosemary-Lemon Beets


Sautéed Rosemary-Lemon Beets

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Sautéed rosemary-lemon beets

Sautéed Rosemary-Lemon Beets

A side dish recipe for sautéed rosemary-lemon beets that is delicious and nutritious. Prepared with coconut oil, garlic, lemon and rosemary.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 40kcal
Author: Pat Nyswonger


  • 3 medium-sized beets
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil or olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 tablespoons fresh-squeezed lemon juice about 1/2 of a medium lemon
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh Rosemary
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Wash beets, trim off green tops leaving about 1/4-inch intact, but do not cut off the long tail and do not peel the beets.
  • Boil until tender but still slightly firm, about 20 to 30 minutes.
  • Drain the water from the beets and run cold water over them. When cool enough to handle, slip off the skins, cut off the top and tail. Cut into 1-inch cubes or slice them 1/4-inch thick.
  • In a skillet set over medium-high heat add the coconut oil and when it is hot add the beets and sauté for one or two minutes. Add the minced garlic and cook an additional 30 seconds until the garlic is fragrant.
  • Remove from the heat and add the rosemary and lemon juice. Toss to combine, transfer to a serving dish and serve hot.


The beet tops may be prepared the same method as cooking kale, chard or spinach. There are tons of nutrition to them and they are delicious.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 40kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 0.3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 32mg | Potassium: 137mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 14IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 0.4mg

Pat Nyswonger

Pat is a wife, mom of four adult children, and grandmother to seventeen beautiful children. She is a self-taught home cook and loves creating delicious meals for her family and friends. Her kitchen is the hub of activity in her home, and she loves to entertain.

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Thursday 23rd of March 2023

Living in SE Europe for 6 months and beets are definitely a part of the diet here (at least in people's homes!). At home in the US I always roasted beets first. But when we rented a flat without an oven, I found this recipe for boiling them first. Many thanks! FYI - I like to serve them over hummus. Yum!!

Dahn Boquist

Thursday 23rd of March 2023

Oh, that sounds fantastic with hummus. Thanks for the comment.

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