Cooking Perfect Beet Greens Recipe

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Please don't throw away those fresh beet greens when cooking fresh beets.
Cook the beet greens and enjoy a delicious and nutritious dish just like your grandparents grew up with. Beet greens contain a large amount of vitamins A and K, plus anti-oxidants Beta Carotene and Lutein. Beet greens can be substituted in any recipe that calls for spinach. This is a very simple and definitely delicious way to cook fresh beet greens. In fact, my husband says it is the only way!

Photo of my husband, Don Stradley, eating cooked beet greens. Yes, we are University of Oregon football fans! My son was on the football team during his college days.

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Cooking Perfect Beet Greens Recipe - How To Cook Fresh Beet Greens:

Recipe Type: Beets, Vegetables
Yields: serves many
Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 5 min


Beet Greens (cut off the heavy stems and discard)


washed and drained beet greens


Wash the fresh beet green in a sink filled with cold water.

Place cleaned and wet beet greens in a colander to let some of the water drain off.

NOTE: You want the leaves to be wet.




beet greens ready to cook


Place washed beet greens in a large pot. There is no need to add additional water as the rinsed leaves will provide adequate moisture.




cooked beet greens


Cook, covered, over medium heat until the greens look wilted, approximately 3 to 5 minutes. Beet greens cook quickly, so take care not to overcook them.

Beet greens will cook down quite a lot (just like fresh spinach leaves).




cooked beet greens


When cooked, remove cooked beet greens to your serving bowl.

Season with some butter, salt, and pepper to your liking.





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