There is a little prep work involved before you can simply toss beetroot into the microwave and zap them on full power for 15 minutes. Follow our detailed instructions below to ensure you have perfectly cooked beetroot.
How to Microwave Beetroot
There is only really one approach you can take when microwaving beetroot and we’ve outlined it below. The whole process will take roughly 20 minutes:
- Prepare Beetroot
Give the beetroot a good scrub to remove excess dirt and grit then stab the beetroot all over with a fork. This will help the heat to penetrate.
- Place Into Microwave-Safe Dish
Grab a dish that is suitable for the microwave, ideally one with a lid, and place the beetroot into the dish. They must all fit in one singular layer.
- Add Water and Cover
Add water to cover the bottom 25% of the beetroot then cover the dish with the lid. If it does not have a lid then you can use a plate.
- Microwave on Full Power for 12 Minutes
Microwave the beetroot on full power for 12 minutes.
- Check and Continue Microwaving
Check that the beetroot are cooked. We would advise doing so with a fork and not a knife. A fork should easily slide into the centre of the beetroot with little resistance. If it is still a little hard then microwave for a further 5 minutes.
- Leave in Microwave for 10 Minutes
Let the cooked beetroot sit in the microwave for 10 minutes or so to cool down.
Once the beetroot are cool enough to handle, peel them either using a knife, vegetable y-peeler or even just your hands as the skins should pull away. Beetroot will stain anything so we would recommend wearing disposable gloves.
3 Tips for Microwaving Beetroot
You now know the basic method for microwaving beetroot. But there are a few tips and tricks you may want to know to help you on your way. Here are three:
- Opt for Small Quantities – As you add more and more beetroot to the dish, there is a great risk that the beetroot will cook unevenly. Try to limit it to 3 or 4 whole beetroot at a time to prevent this from being an issue.
- Use Beetroot of the Same Size – As above, if you were to use beetroot of differing sizes, they’ll cook unevenly. Try to pick out beetroot that are all roughly the same size.
- Wear Gloves When Peeling – Beetroot will stain anything. It is used to dye clothing after all! That is why it is a good idea to wear gloves when peeling them.
Advantages of Microwaved Beetroot
There are a couple of clear and obvious advantages to using the microwave to cook beetroot:
- It’s Much Quicker
As you have probably worked out by now, cooking beetroot in the microwave is so much quicker than any other method. It takes around a quarter of the time of the usual methods making it super speedy.
- No Mess
With just one bowl and a lid, there is very little mess to contend with when cooking beetroot in the microwave.
Disadvantages of Microwaved Beetroot
However, there are some drawbacks which you need to be made aware of:
- Lack of Flavour
Some beetroot aficionados claim that microwaved beetroot lack some flavour and that the flavour drains into the liquid. This may be the case but will be less noticeable if you plan on dressing it with vinegar.
- Only Suitable for Small Quantities
When roasting or boiling beetroot, you can use a far larger quantity. When microwaving, you need to limit it to 3 or 4 whole beetroot to avoid them cooking unevenly. Generally speaking, however, 3 or 4 is plenty.
How to Reheat Beetroot in the Microwave
If you want to reheat beetroot in the microwave then you are best erring on the side of caution when it comes to timing. If the beetroot is perfectly cooked then reheating it in the microwave can cause it to become overcooked, ruining the texture.
Place the cold beetroot into a dish and microwave on full power for just 2 minutes. Give it a stir and then give it a final blast for 1 minute.
How to Defrost Beetroot in the Microwave
If you have frozen beetroot that you want to thaw then you can defrost it into the microwave. It is vital that you use either a defrost setting or the lowest power setting available otherwise you risk cooking your beetroot and turning it soggy.
You can microwave beetroot quite easily in around 12 to 15 minutes. The method is fairly simple and is much quicker than the usual methods for cooking beetroot including boiling, steaming and roasting.