Sauteed Beet Greens Recipe

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Beet Greens, minced garlic and freshly squeezed lemon juice are combined and cooked until tender.  Once tender these greens are tossed with a touch of butter and seasoned to perfection for a delicious side dish.
Beet Greens are tossed with garlic and lemon and cooked until tender.  Once tender these greens are tossed with a touch of butter and seasoned to perfection for a delicious side dish.  

I absolutely adore roasted beets. I love them hot, cold, as a side, in a salad or topped with goat cheese.

For years I’ve made beets and just tossed away the greens because I actually didn’t really know what to do with them. I’ve had a lot of people ask “Can you eat beet greens?” and the answer is YESNot just regular yes, but a big bold yes because they are really delicious and easy to make (not to mention pretty)!

Fresh Beet stems and leaves are tossed with garlic and lemon and cooked until tender. This is my new favorite way to enjoy beet greens!

Looking for more ways to enjoy beet greens?

Beet greens can generally be enjoyed in place of any greens in a recipe… here are a few of my favorites!

  1. Beet Green Pesto from Nutmeg Nanny turns beet greens into a delicious pesto perfect for topping pasta or veggies! 
  2. One Pot Pasta with Sausage and Beet Greens from Crunchy Creamy Sweet is a recipe that your whole family will devour!
  3. Baked Beet Greens from the White on Rice Couple turn those yummy beet greens into a crispy snack!
  4. Beet Greens Pasta with Walnuts and Parmesan Cheese from An Edible Mosaic is a beautiful and easy dinner that uses just a few ingredients and comes together in minutes.

In this recipe I to start by washing the beet greens and separating the stems and the leaves.  You can eat both the red stems and the green leaves (and both are cooked in this recipe).

Keep in mind, the stems take longer to cook. The cook time on the stalks can vary based on size.  I’ve had stems that are really thick (like celery) and stems that are really thin (almost like a pencil) so the cooking time will vary but you want the stems tender crisp before adding the leaves.  The chopped leaves only take a couple of minutes to cook.

Beet Greens are cooked until tender with garlic and freshly squeezed lemon juice and cooked until tender. This is my new favorite way to enjoy beet greens!

You’re definitely going to want to use fresh lemon in this recipe.  It adds delicious freshness and cuts the bitter notes of the greens making for a beautiful side dish!

Sauteed Beet Greens

Beet Greens, minced garlic and freshly squeezed lemon juice are combined and cooked until tender.  Once tender these greens are tossed with a touch of butter and seasoned to perfection for a delicious side dish.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 bundle beet greens
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons butter
  • salt & pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Wash beet greens and separate stems from leaves.
  2. Cut stems into 1″ pieces.  Chop leaves into pieces.
  3. Place stems in a large non-stick pan with 1 cup of water.  Cover and simmer 4-7 minutes or until fork tender.
  4. Drain.  Add garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper.  Squeeze the lemon over the greens.  Sautee 2-3 minutes or until greens are wilted.
  5. Remove from heat, stir in butter and additional salt & pepper to taste. Serve warm.

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Beet Greens, minced garlic and freshly squeezed lemon juice are combined and cooked until tender.  Once tender these greens are tossed with a touch of butter and seasoned to perfection for a delicious side dish.
Beet Greens, minced garlic and freshly squeezed lemon juice are combined and cooked until tender.  Once tender these greens are tossed with a touch of butter and seasoned to perfection for a delicious side dish.

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Holly Nilsson

Holly is a wine and cheese lover, recipe creator, shopping enthusiast and self appointed foodie. Her greatest passion is creating in the kitchen and making deliciously comforting recipes for the everyday home cook!

4 comments on “Sauteed Beet Greens Recipe”

  1. I am always looking for more recipes for beet greens as I use beets in smoothies. These sauteed greens look so good, I can’t wait to make them!

  2. Your picture for the Beet Greens recipe is wonderful except the picture actually shows Swiss Chard! I am sure it is delicious!

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