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How to Steam Beets

author image Kay Ireland
Kay Ireland specializes in health, fitness and lifestyle topics. She is a support worker in the neonatal intensive care and antepartum units of her local hospital and recently became a certified group fitness instructor.
How to Steam Beets
Two beets in a metal steamer. Photo Credit KarpenkovDenis/iStock/Getty Images

Beets are often added to salads and soups, and for good reason. Just one cup of raw beet offers 2.2 g protein, 3.8 g of fiber, folate, vitamin C and potassium, all for the tiny caloric price tag of 58 calories. Beets are easy to add to recipes when they've been steamed for maximum flavor and softness. By steaming a batch of beets, you can keep them handy in the refrigerator to eat on salads or on their own.

Step 1

Wash the beets in warm water, scrubbing gently to remove the chalky outer skin and any visible dirt.

Step 2

Fill a medium-sized pot with 1 to 2 inches of water and place on your stove on medium to high heat.

Step 3

Place the beets into a steam basket and the steamer basket into the pot. Cover and bring the water to a boil.

Step 4

Reduce the heat to medium and allow the beats to steam until they are easily pierced with a knife, which should take about 15 to 30 minutes, depending on the size of the beets. Avoid removing the cover, which will allow steam to escape and prolong the cooking time.

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Step 5

Add beets to recipes or store in the refrigerator in an airtight container.

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