Beet greens are super budget friendly because you get them for free when you buy or grow beetroots.
If you buy a bunch of beetroot with greens still attached, keep in mind that the greens don’t stay fresh for a long time. Beetroots will stay fresh in the fridge for about 3 to 4 weeks. Beet greens, on the other hand, will wilt in a couple of days.
If you have an overabundance of beet greens from growing beets or buying a lot of beets with greens for canning, you can also blanch and freeze them in portions to use later.
Are Beet Stems Edible?
Just like beet greens, the beautiful beet stems are edible too so, please don’t discard them. Beet stems are quite soft. I usually cook them together with the leaves because I like them to be a bit crunchy.
If you prefer your stems to be soft, add the chopped stems first to the pan and cook them for about one to two minutes before adding the leaves.
What are Beet Greens Used for?
Beet greens (and stems) can be used just like any other greens such as spinach, Swiss chard or kale.
Beet greens can be eaten raw and are great for juicing. They can also be added to smoothies just like you would add spinach or kale.
Beet greens can be sauteed, steamed or braised in oil with garlic, onion, and spices and served as a side dish. They also make a great addition to soups and stews.
Beet Greens Nutrition
Key nutrients in beet greens include calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, copper manganese, vitamin K, vitamin A, and some of the B complex vitamins. Beet greens are also a good source of fiber. They are also quite high in sodium.
How to Make Sauteed Beet Greens
Step 1. Wash the beet greens in a deep bowl filled with cold water. Lift the greens out of the water, refill the bowl, and wash the greens one more time.
Take the greens out of the water, shake the excess water off and pat them dry with a paper towel if needed. Place the beet greens on a cutting board.
Step 2. Chop the greens and stems.
Step 3. Heat olive oil in a pan over medium heat. Add the chopped stems and greens to the pan and mix making sure they are evenly covered with the olive oil.
If you like the stems to be on the soft side, you can also add the stems first, cook them for about one minute, and then add the leaves. Season with salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
Step 4. Cover the pan and cook the beet greens until they are cooked through for about 6 minutes. The greens will soften and reduce in volume. Make sure to stir them a few times so that they cook evenly.
Step 5. Serve and enjoy these sauteed beet greens!
If you are looking for ways to cook beetroots, check out my guide to cooking beets.
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 3/4 pound of beet greens (or beet greens from 3 to 4 beets)
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- salt and pepper to taste
- Heat the olive oil in a pan over medium heat.
- Add the chopped stems and greens to the pan and mix making sure they are evenly covered with the olive oil. If you like the stems to be on the soft side, you can add the stems first, cook them for about one or two minutes, and then add the leaves.
- Season with salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
- Cover the pan and cook the beet greens until they are cooked through for about 6 minutes. The greens will soften and reduce in volume. Make sure to stir them a few times so that they cook evenly.
Nutrition information is a rough estimate for 1 serving calculated with oil.
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Serving Size1/2 of recipe
Amount Per ServingCalories 96 Total Fat 7g Saturated Fat 1g Trans Fat 0g Unsaturated Fat 6g Cholesterol 0mg Sodium 436.1mg Carbohydrates 7.2g Fiber 5.9g Sugar 0.8g Protein 3.6g