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A plate of beet greens.
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4.15 from 7 votes

Beet Greens

Make the most of your beet greens with this simple recipe. Beet greens are sautéed with garlic, lemon juice, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper and cooked until tender for a healthy and tasty side dish.
Prep Time2 minutes
Cook Time8 minutes
Total Time10 minutes
Course: Side
Cuisine: American
Keyword: sautéed beet greens
Servings: 2 people


  • ½ Tablespoon olive oil to coat pan
  • 1 bunch beet greens and stems
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • sea salt to taste
  • ground pepper to taste


  • Add the beet greens (including the stems) into a big bowl of water and wash them well. Remove from the water and shake dry. Chop the greens and stems into 2 inch pieces, discarding any thick or really tough stems.
    A bowl of beet greens in a bowl with water.
  • Heat a medium saute pan and add olive oil. Once warm add garlic and cook for 1-2 minutes. Add beet greens and stems, toss until greens are wilted and tender, 5-8 minutes. Add the red pepper flakes and lemon juice to the pan and toss. Season with salt and pepper and serve.
    Freshly sautéed beet greens in a sauté pan with a spatula.


Serving: 1cup beet greens | Calories: 49kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 1266mg | Potassium: 340mg | Fiber: 2g