Beets in Sweet Orange Sauce

Fresh beets are first steamed and then glazed, for a flavor-rich, low-calorie veggie side dish.


8 servings


8 medium beets (2 pounds)
2 teaspoons grated orange peel
2/3 cup orange juice
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1 teaspoon chopped crystallized ginger or 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger


Place steamer basket in 1/2 inch water in Dutch oven (water should not touch bottom of basket). Place beets in steamer basket. Cover tightly and heat to boiling; reduce heat to low. Steam 45 to 50 minutes (add boiling water during steaming if necessary) or until tender; drain.

Place beets back in Dutch oven (without steamer basket). Stir in orange peel, orange juice and brown sugar. Cook uncovered over medium-high heat 5 to 8 minutes, stirring frequently, until sauce is reduced and beets are glazed. Stir in parsley and ginger.

Estimated Time

Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour

Additional Information

Crystallized-or candied-ginger is fresh ginger root that has been boiled in a sugar syrup. Besides being a great ingredient, candied ginger is a tasty as-is snack.

Beets can also be steamed in an electric vegetable steamer. Just follow the timing guidelines given in the owner's manual.

Nutritional Information

1 Serving (1 Serving): Calories 60 (Calories from Fat 0), Total Fat 0 g (Saturated Fat 0 g); Cholesterol 0 mg; Sodium 60 mg; Total Carbohydrate 16 g (Dietary Fiber 2 g); Protein 1 g; Exchanges: 1 Fruit

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