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Marinated Beets


Sweet and sour marinated beets make for a delicious snack. They also add a bit of zing to salads and sandwiches.
  • Serves: 2 cups
  • Active Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hr
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  • Success Rating: 100% (?)
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Step 1: Cooking the Beets

Cooking the Beets
  • 2 whole large red beets
  • 1 to 2 tbsp red-wine vinegar*


Wash and scrub the beets to remove any dirt.

Place them into a small pot and cover with cold water. Add the vinegar. * Depending on the amount of water used, about 1 tbsp of vinegar per liter or quart of water will help to maintain the deep color of the beets. Season the water with salt and bring to a simmer.

Simmer gently until the beets are tender and cooked through. Insert a paring knife into the middle. There should be little resistance and the beet should slide easily off the knife when lifted.

Step 2: Peeling the Beets

Peeling the Beets


Once the beets are cooked, remove from the water.

When they are cool enough to handle, peel the beets, using the back of a paring knife. The back of a paring knife allows you to peel the skin and maintain the natural shape of the beet. (Wear a pair of food safe gloves, if you don’t want to stain your hands.)

Step 3: Making the Marinade & Storing

Making the Marinade & Storing
  • 1/3 cup vinegar
  • 1 tbsp sugar


Cut the beets into slices, wedges or cubes. Place them into a small container and pour the vinegar and sugar over top. Stir gently to combine. Cover with a tight-fitting lid and store in the refrigerator. Toss the beets every so often to coat them in the marinade.

Consume the marinated beets within 5 days.


  • Geni P
    Geni P
    Can these be frozen? I have been eating them for 5 days and I don't want to throw them out.
  • Dawn T
    Dawn T
    So glad that you liked the marinated beets. As for freezing beets, they actually do freeze pretty well—because they are a more hearty vegetable, they generally don't become mealy when frozen and thawed. Cheers!
  • Stephanie S
    Stephanie S
    cleaning out my fridge and see that I have about 6 beets how should I adjust marinade to accommodate them?
  • Ken R Rouxbe Staff
    Ken R
    Hi- You just scale up proportionally. If yo think you have 3 times as many beets as the recipe calls for, just increase all other ingredients 3x. ~Ken
  • Debra D
    Debra D
    Can apple cider vinegar replace the red wine vinegar?
  • Kirk B
    Kirk B
    Hi there Debra and yes, indeed, you can substitute apple cider vin for the red wine vin. Your color and flavor profile might change a bit - but I've done it that way in the past and it was delicious! Thanks so much for learning and cooking with Rouxbe! Chef Kirk
  • Sunnie S
    Sunnie S
    Delicious and refreshing! I love picked anything and this recipe was so easy. I will use these in salads and for snacking!
  • H L
    H L
    May I use sherry vinegar and no sugar?
  • Eric W Rouxbe Staff
    Eric W
    Hi H, Sure! Give it a try and see how you like it. ~Eric

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