Incredibly Delicious Honey Roasted Beets Recipe


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Incredibly Delicious Honey Roasted Beets Recipe

December 27, 2023
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Incredibly Delicious Honey Roasted Beets Recipe

These tasty and tender Honey Roasted Beets will make anyone a fan of this often unfairly maligned root vegetable. A hot oven, sweet California honey and a touch of lemon balance the earthy flavor beets are known for, and help bring out their natural sugar.

peeled and quartered beets in a bowl

All About Beets:

Beets from California are available year-round, due to the Golden State’s diverse terrain and temperate climate. The beet is actually the taproot portion of the beet plant – the greens are edible too. Beets are a good source of Vitamin C, Potassium and Fiber, as well as Folate and several other vitamins and minerals. Beets are most commonly red or purple in color, but can also be golden, white, or striped/variegated in color. Our friend Jerry James Stone has an article that really digs into the history of beets, which you can check out too.

Are sugar beets and regular beets the same?

All beets come from the Beta Vulgaris species of plant, but table beets and sugar beets are not exactly the same plant.

The most well known edible Beta Vulgaris plants are sugar beets, table beets (which are also known as beets, garden beets or beetroot) and swiss chard.

adding pepper to a bowl of roasted beets

Here’s what you need to make roasted beets:

  • golden or red beets
  • kosher salt
  • fresh-ground black pepper
  • California extra virgin olive oil
  • lemon
  • California honey
  • fresh tarragon
roasted beets on a sheet pan

How to serve Honey Roasted Beets:

These Honey Roasted Beets can be served warm or hot on their own as a side dish or main course. They can also be a tasty addition to a grain bowl or wrap, or part of a colorful salad.

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bowl full of Honey Roasted Beets

Honey Roasted Beets

James Collier + Danny Alas
Beets don’t have to be controversial. In this Honey Roasted Beets recipe, honey and lemon zest balance the natural, earthy flavors of the beets, and tarragon lends them a fresh, slightly licorice-y flavor. These are easy to throw together as a quick side dish, and they make an excellent addition to a salad as they cool!
3.14 from 61 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Course dinner, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings
Calories 202 kcal


  • 2 lbs golden or red beets peeled and sliced into ½-inch wedges
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • ½ tsp fresh-ground black pepper
  • 2 TBSP California extra virgin olive oil
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 TBSP honey
  • 2 TBSP fresh tarragon roughly chopped


  • Set a rimmed baking sheet in the oven and preheat it to 425°F (220°C).
  • In a large mixing bowl, season the sliced beets with salt and pepper then toss in the olive oil.
  • Spread in a single layer over the hot baking sheet, then roast for 20-25 minutes, until tender throughout.
  • Remove from the oven, toss in the lemon zest and honey, then continue roasting another 5 minutes.
  • Gently fold in the fresh tarragon, season to taste with additional salt and pepper, and serve!



Recipe can be easily doubled.


Calories: 202kcalCarbohydrates: 32gProtein: 4gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gSodium: 470mgPotassium: 848mgFiber: 7gSugar: 24gVitamin A: 222IUVitamin C: 13mgCalcium: 77mgIron: 3mg
Keyword golden beet, roasted beet
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