Balsamic and Brown Sugar Glazed Beets

Balsamic glazed beets

The Spruce / Diana Rattray

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 60 mins
Total: 75 mins
Servings: 6 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
209 Calories
4g Fat
42g Carbs
3g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6
Amount per serving
Calories 209
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 2g 12%
Cholesterol 10mg 3%
Sodium 134mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 42g 15%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Protein 3g
Calcium 56mg 4%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

These balsamic and brown sugar glazed beets are easy and tasty with a sweet-sour flavor. Fresh beets are simmered with a mixture of brown sugar, butter, and balsamic vinegar.

You may make these beets with canned beets as well. See the tips and variations below the recipe.


Steps to Make It

  1. Combine beets with water, brown sugar, vinegar, and butter. Bring to a boil.

  2. Reduce heat to medium and continue simmering, uncovered, for about 1 hour, or until beets are tender and most of the liquid has boiled away.


  • If you're short on time, you can make the recipe with canned beets and have the same flavor. Drain 2 cans (15 ounces each) of beets, reserving 1/2 cup of the liquid. Put the beets, the 1/2 cup of liquid, and the brown sugar, balsamic vinegar, and butter in a saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil and continue simmering, uncovered, until the glaze mixture has reduced and thickened, about 20 to 30 minutes.

Recipe Variations

  • Add 2 tablespoons of sweet orange marmalade to the beets for a hint of orange flavor.
  • Make the recipe with golden beets instead of red beets.