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Overhead view of candied beets served on a white plate.

Candied Beets

These Candied Beets have a sweet orange glaze and with just 5 ingredients they're an easy side dish for the holidays or any day of the week!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 74kcal


  • 3-5 medium beets cooked, peeled and cut in 2" pieces (substitute whole canned beets)
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 4 tablespoons brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon orange zest


  • Heat the butter, salt, orange zest and brown sugar over medium heat until bubbly, stirring regularly to prevent burning.
  • Add the beets and cook 3-5 minutes in the glaze.
  • Remove and serve hot.

How to Cook Beets:


  1. Be sure to use a large enough skillet to fit all of your beets and glaze.
  2. While I cut my beets into 2-inch pieces, you can cut them into smaller pieces if you prefer.
  3. If you’re pressed for time, you can substitute with whole canned beets.
  4. To change things up, you can use golden beets instead of red beets.
  5. You can leave out the orange zest if you prefer.
  6. When cooking the glaze, do so until it is just bubbling. Also, if you cook it for too long without stirring, it may burn.
  7. While the beets just take 3-5 minutes to cook in the glaze, you will need to factor in time to cook the beets.


Serving: 4ounces | Calories: 74kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 99mg | Potassium: 109mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 142IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 0.3mg