How to Roast Beets to Perfection without Foil


This method of roasting beets without foil is so easy to make and is the perfect addition to any salad or any meal!

Roasted beets are a great side for a meal and are also amazing added on to a salad! Since beets are full of nutrients and packed with fiber, they are a great way to add a little color to your salad. This recipe is a great way to make the beets delicious and well-cooked without using aluminum foil. Though I recommend gloves when cutting them, they are an easy and nutritious addition to any meal!

What type of pan is best for roasting beets?

For me, the Lodge Cast Iron skillet is the perfect pan for many tasks, but especially this one! Without a doubt, the most important part about the pan is definitely the lid. I use a more shallow Lodge Pan that doubles as a skillet and as a lid. This helps to lock in the moisture and create that perfect cooked beet where the skin peels right off! A cast-iron skillet is the key to the PERFECT roasted beet without foil.

Does beet juice stain clothes?

Yes! The purple juice in beets will leave a very bright stain on about anything it gets on. A helpful tip in order to avoid ruining your marble top or counter would be to put a piece of parchment paper down before slicing. But be careful when cutting them! Beets are a dark color and might stain clothes. Another helpful tip would be to wear gloves when preparing them to save your nails from the purple juice!


Do you have to peel beets before roasting?

You don’t! It is much better to wait until after the beets are cooked to peel them. Once they are peeled, they can be cut into cubes for salads and sides. If you are planning on using them a few hours after cooking, I recommend putting them in the fridge with the peel on until right before mealtime. Right before you are about to serve the meal is the perfect time to slice and dice the beets.

What makes the beets taste good?

This recipe has so few ingredients but makes the beets so delicious. With such few ingredients, it keeps the flavor of the beet while still being cooked to perfection. Nothing is better than some extra virgin olive oil and a little bit of salt! 

How do you know when the beets are finished cooking?

When the beet is fully cooked, it should be so soft that a fork goes through it. With the cooking time, it should be perfect! Once they are finished cooking, leave them alone until right before mealtime. If you have a larger beet, then it might take more than the hour cook time. When slicing the beets, the knife should smoothly go through without any resistance. 

What do beets go well in/with?

Beets are DELICIOUS in a salad of any kind. They are perfect as a side to any meal and taste so yummy with other root vegetables like carrots, onions, and radishes. They are also great with greens and add a good source of nutrients and fiber to any meal.

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Roasted Beets Without Foil

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes


  • 3 Beets
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Kosher Salt


  1. Wash off the beets.
  2. Trim down the stem without fully removing.
  3. Place them in a Lodge cast iron skillet.
  4. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and sprinkle kosher salt.
  5. Put on the lid.
  6. Cook at 425F for 1 hour (longer for larger beets).
  7. Remove the peel and slice as desired.


Will keep in the fridge for several days!

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