Spiced Beets

Red Beets

The Spruce / Diana Rattray

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 3 mins
Total: 13 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
174 Calories
12g Fat
18g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 174
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 7g 36%
Cholesterol 31mg 10%
Sodium 32mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 18g 7%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Protein 1g
Calcium 26mg 2%
*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.)

Cinnamon and ginger flavor these tasty beets, along with a little lemon and brown sugar. You can use red or golden beets in this recipe. Or try another variety, like the pretty red and white striped Chioggia or white beets.

If you use fresh beets, roast them in the oven or in the slow cooker. You may also use a can of diced beets, drained. 

You could roast them a day in advance and then prepare the dish just before serving time. See the tips and variations for oven and slow cooker instructions.


  • 8 to 10 small whole cooked beets
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • dash ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar (firmly packed)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

Steps to Make It

  1. Slip skins from cooked beets.

  2. Dice the beets.

  3. Put beets in a medium saucepan with remaining ingredients.

  4. Bring to a boil.

  5. Reduce heat and simmer for 2 to 3 minutes.

Serves 4.

Tips and Variations

Slow Cooker Roasted Beets

  1. Wash and trim the beets, leaving about 1/2 inch of stem and about an inch of the root end.

  2. Place a beet on a sheet of foil and drizzle with about 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil.

  3. Wrap it tightly and place it in the slow cooker.

  4. Repeat with the remaining beets.

  5. Cover and cook on high for about 3 to 4 hours, or until the beets are tender.

  6. Unwrap and slip the skins off of the beets.

  7. Dice and proceed with the recipe.

Oven Roasted Beets

  1. Wash, trim, and wrap the beets in foil as above.

  2. Place the wrapped beets on a baking sheet.

  3. Bake for about 1 hour, or until the beets are very tender.

  4. When they are cool enough to handle, rub off the skins.

  5. Dice the beets and continue with the recipe.

  • Make the spiced beets with drained canned diced beets.
  • Use golden beets or another variety of beetroot.