Brown Sugar-Glazed Golden Beets

glazed golden beets
Diana Rattray
  • 45 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins,
  • Cook: 35 mins
  • Yield: 6 servings
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This easy recipe for golden beets gets extra flavor from a brown-sugar sauce. The brown sugar is combined with butter and apple juice or orange juice for a simple sauce that glazes the beets after they have roasted. Feel free to replace the apple or orange juice with pineapple juice or apricot nectar.

While this recipe calls for golden beets, it can be made with red beets, white beets, or the striped chioggia beet known familiarly as candy cane beets.

What You'll Need

  • 6 to 8 golden beets
  • 4 tablespoons brown sugar (light or dark, packed)
  • 3 tablespoons apple juice (or orange juice)
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper (freshly ground)

How to Make It

Cook the Beets

  1. Cut the leaves and stems from the beets and scrub them under cold running water. Put the whole, unpeeled beets in a large saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil; cover the pan, and simmer over medium heat for about 20 to 30 minutes, until tender. Alternatively, coat each whole beet with olive oil and wrap in foil. Place them in a baking pan and roast in a preheated 375 F oven for about 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until tender.
  1. Slip skins from the cooked beets and cut into 1/4- to 1/2-inch pieces.

Make the Sauce

  1. In a large skillet or saute pan, combine the brown sugar, apple or orange juice, butter, salt, and pepper. Bring to a simmer over medium heat.
  2. Add the cooked, peeled, and diced beets to the sauce. Continue cooking, stirring constantly, until the liquid has evaporated and the beets are glazed with the sauce, about 5 to 7 minutes.

Freezing This Recipe

Double or triple the proportions for this recipe and freeze some for later enjoyment.

  • Completely cool the glazed beets. Pack them into freezer containers or heavy-duty freezer bags, label with the name and date, and freeze for up to 8 months. 
  • When you're ready to enjoy them, thaw in the unopened container in the refrigerator. Reheat and enjoy.
  • The beets might be a little mushier than when you ate them freshly roasted and glazed. To avoid this problem, roast the beets for less time until they are al dente. Additionally, the sauce might have thinned out too much. Correct this with a slurry made of 1 tablespoon cornstarch mixed with 1/4 cup cold water. Add while reheating, stirring constantly, and it will thicken up.


To make spiced glazed beets, add 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon and a dash of nutmeg to the sauce mixture.

Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 135
Total Fat 2 g
Saturated Fat 1 g
Unsaturated Fat 1 g
Cholesterol 5 mg
Sodium 144 mg
Carbohydrates 27 g
Dietary Fiber 5 g
Protein 3 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)