Orange-Glazed Beets

A citrus glaze is a great way to enhance the natural flavor of beets.

Serves: 4 to 6

  • 6 medium beets
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch or arrowroot
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2/3 cup fresh orange juice
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

To microwave the beets: Leave on an inch of the beets’ stalks, and place in a deep casserole dish with about 2 inches of water. Cover and microwave for 12 minutes. Check the beets (they should be easily pierced with a knife, but still firm), and if necessary, microwave them a bit longer.

To cook the beets: Rinse the beets and cut away all but an inch of the stalks. Combine in a large deep saucepan with water to cover; bring to a boil, then simmer until just tender. How long this will take varies greatly upon the size of the beets; start checking after about 20 minutes, but don’t poke too many test holes into them, or they’ll bleed like crazy! When done, drain.

No matter which cooking method you use, let the beets cool (you can plunge them into a bowl of cold water to speed things up), and when cool enough to handle, peel them and cut into 1/2-inch dice.

Combine the cornstarch and vinegar in a small container and stir until dissolved. Set aside.

Heat the orange juice in a medium saucepan and bring to a gentle simmer. Whisk in the cornstarch and vinegar mixture, stirring carefully to avoid lumps.

Stir in the diced beets. Cook over very low heat until heated through, about 2 to 3 minutes, then serve at once or cool until just warm.

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4 comments on “Orange-Glazed Beets

  1. Nikki

    Is there a non-microwaved version of this recipe? I am pregnant and have an issue with microwaving my food.

  2. Nava Post author

    Nikki, I’ve added a paragraph with conventional cooking instructions. Good idea on your part; have a healthy pregnancy and a safe delivery!

  3. Ely

    Agh, yes. The blustery SF sumemr actually drove me to Marin a couple years ago in search of long, sunny days and the sound of crickets at night. I’m in Ireland right now very cold, rainy and windy. In comparison, SF is actually pretty balmy and mild. Love this recipe, and your inventive description of it. Thankfully, you don’t have to travel far at all for a true taste of sumemr!

  4. Rosemary

    I just made these but I used orange juice concentrate with water. I forgot to test the beets for done ness in the microwave so I ended up using a knife to peel the skins & then sliced them while wearing rubber gloves. My husband likes them & so did I ,maybe I’ll try this recipe to use up an abundant supply of pickled beets.

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