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Chopped up beet stems for Citrus Sautéed Beet Stems A recipe for Citrus Sautéed Beet Stems I always love recipes that utilize the outcast part of an ingredient. When you realize you can make something delicious out of something you thought was useless it’s like discovering a whole new ingredient. I was first experienced this when I discovered carrot top pesto. It was kind of mind blowing for me, and exciting to tell the grocery store cashier not to remove the tops (it’s the little things). That is how I feel about this recipe. I never really thought of using these parts when I buy beets. As you can imagine the stems and leaves are slightly bitter, but don’t let that deter you. It’s really good, and we added citrus and champagne vinegar to balance out the taste. The result is a refreshing dish that is a really perfect side for almost anything. Hope you guys like it!
♥ Teri

Citrus Sautéed Beet Stems

Servings: 6


  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 bunch beet stems, cleaned and chopped
  • 1 shallot, diced
  • 1 bunch beet leaves, cleaned and torn into pieces
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 ½ tablespoons champagne vinegar
  • zest and juice of 1 orange
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Place oil in a medium skillet, over medium high heat. Add stems and shallot and sauté for 4 to 5 minutes. Add beet leaves and continue to sauté for 3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Add garlic, champagne vinegar and orange juice and simmer until all juice has evaporated, 2 to 3 minutes. Adjust seasonings.
  • Top with orange zest and serve.
  1. Becky @ A Calculated Whisk Not Specified Not Specified

    Yum! I love the orange zest on top–so pretty!

    • Dr Jacqui Not Specified Not Specified

      Wow, what a fun way to use the beautiful part of my organic 3 color beets.
      I did a quick simmer with some fresh garlic, a little vinegar, orange zest, and squeezed 3 or 4 oranges in. Let is simmer for about 30′ Served it as a garnish for my Rib eye, with roasted new potatoes. All said it was a very romantic Red side for Valentines dinner. Thank you for the amazing idea to salvage an oft discarded item.
      Great taste, great texture, great color. Just perfect to compliment a meaty cut like Rib Eye.

    • Q Not Specified Not Specified

      Absolutely delicious, I enjoyed this recipe. I couldn’t believe you can use every part of the BEET GREAT.

  2. Kankana Not Specified Not Specified

    I know the feeling! I used to throw away carrot tops and beet root tops but now, nothing goes for a waste. It’s all used one way or the other :)

    • Gitta Zarum Not Specified Not Specified

      I make a great vegetable soup using all the outer cauliflower leaves and stalks as a base.

      • marilou Not Specified Not Specified

        Fantastic idea! I am doing it just now and the taste is great! thank you! Got more such lovely ideas??? ;-)

  3. Salinya Not Specified Not Specified

    This looks lovely. I understand beet leaves are even more nutritious than the roots.

  4. Ruthy @ Omeletta Not Specified Not Specified

    I love this! I always feel guilty when I buy beets at the market and the guy asks me if I want the stems cut and I say “yes”. Up until now the only place I’d utilized beet leaves and stems was when making stock. So this is super helpful!

  5. tara Not Specified Not Specified

    I love utilizing all the veg parts too. I usually just try to save them for a smoothie, but this is a great idea!

  6. Tieghan Not Specified Not Specified

    This sounds awesome! I love using up all the veggies!

  7. Mondo Not Specified Not Specified

    gorgeous photos, as usual. I’ve never had beet stems before but you’ve got me interested.

  8. Tahny Not Specified Not Specified

    This recipe couldn’t have come at a more perfect time! Using this recipe ASAP!

  9. Annie @ ciaochowbambina Not Specified Not Specified

    Yes…I agree! I actually love to munch on broccoli stems that have been peeled! Or to cook them up with a little scrambled egg and parmesan. As always…loving your photos! Thank you.

  10. celyn Not Specified Not Specified

    oh wow this is awesome! this such a great idea to make vegetables taste good!

  11. Nik@ABrownTable Not Specified Not Specified

    I love that you used up the stems, there are so many places where we can cut back and use as much as possible from vegetables and fruits. The citrus makes it sound extra tasty!

  12. Darya Not Specified Not Specified

    Hello! I am teaching myself to avoid wasting as much as possible, and have just finished eating my huge plate of “citrus sautéed beet stems à la Spoon Fork Bacon”! I just replaced the orange with lemon, as that is what I had in my pantry. I loved it! It was super delicious, filling, and “different” (as in different from sautéed spinach or chard). Thank you!

    • Jenny Park Not Specified Not Specified

      So glad to hear you enjoyed it! I also like switching up the citrus with done lime juice and zest. If you’re able to get ahold of a Buddha’s hand…it’s really awesome :) thanks for your feedback!

  13. Caryn M. Not Specified Not Specified

    I am seriously going to the store in the morning to get the ingredients to make this amazing salad. Thank you!

  14. Karolina tunaCooking Not Specified Not Specified

    In Poland we make cold beetroot soup. It’s perfect for hot summer days and it’s made of beetroot steams :) I also cook sometimes hot beetroot steams soup too. It’s not borscht. Salad is perfect idea. I will try this recipe for sure :)

  15. Stephanie Not Specified Not Specified

    Made this recipe this morning. WOW! So wonderful. I’m paleo so I used coconut oil instead of olive oil and it added an almost buttery taste to the greens. Usually I throw out the stems and just sauté the greens but now I have a great use for both. I’ll be asking for extra beets (and greens!) in all my CSA boxes now :)

  16. LeAnn Braun Not Specified Not Specified

    I just made this tonight. It was awesome! I did make some changes though. I used coconut oil instead of olive, used 1/2 an orange (chopped), and apple cider vinegar. It was the first time I ever cooked with beet stems & leaves. Your recipe gave me a great first impression of how yummy beet dishes can be. Thanks so much! Oh, I did use extra garlic as well. Along with this, we had baked jicama fries (another first) and chicken seasoned with curry and chili powder.

  17. Hallie Not Specified Not Specified

    Made tonight. Usually I throw the stems out so it was great to be able to use the and for a delicious recipe too!

  18. Richard Not Specified Not Specified

    Just made it for lunch. Substituted pomegranate syrup & lemon juice for the vinegar and oranges. Yum! Your recipe was inspiring. You might be interested in the book, Beet the Odds by Nathan S. Bryan and Carolyn Pierini.

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  20. Joyce Not Specified Not Specified

    Just made this for lunch and I had to stop to say thank you! The orange zest is the secret ingredient. Delicious.

  21. Kat Not Specified Not Specified

    I was wondering if the shallots can be replaced with red onion and the champagne vinegar be replaced with Braggs Apple cider vinegar? Thanks!

  22. Cynthia Not Specified Not Specified

    This was absolutely delicious! Thanks for posting (:

  23. Carol Not Specified Not Specified

    I want to email this to a friend ?
    Your blog doesn’t show where to do that ?

  24. Galina Not Specified Not Specified

    So delicious!

  25. daddynuke Not Specified Not Specified

    Excellent flavour combination and a wonderful end result. Thank you for the brilliant use for the above-ground beet goodness.

  26. Suzanne Not Specified Not Specified

    Phenomenal! I doubled it and almost ate the whole thing. A lime and zest and white balsamic vinegar were substituted because that was what was in my kitchen today. Paired w/ baked chicken breast and a glass of white wine made me think I was in a gourmet restaurant. Thank you! Now my bumper crop of beet greens will not be wasted.

  27. Bonnie Sanders Not Specified Not Specified

    Just made this, just as written! Delicious! Thanks for your wonderful website!!

  28. Suzanne Not Specified Not Specified

    What does moderation mean?

  29. June Not Specified Not Specified

    Absolutely delicious! I had used the leaves before but never the stalks.
    It feels like such a healthy dish to eat.

  30. Bo Not Specified Not Specified

    I subbed finely diced apples (no orange about) and some beet-water from boiling the actual beets…arugala thrown in at end.
    Much better than I expected.

  31. Laura Not Specified Not Specified

    Made this for supper tonight…cooked it a little longer, it was awesome!

  32. Chris Not Specified Not Specified

    We made this last night. It was so yummy! I had white wine vinegar on hand and a couple of clementines, so that’s what I used. I also sprinkled a few pine nuts on top. Great way to use up the stems and leaves. Thanks for the recipe.

  33. Savannah Not Specified Not Specified

    This is so simple and tasty! I didn’t have a shallot, so I used a little minced onion.

  34. Rosemary Nutsford Not Specified Not Specified

    Made this tonight as I didn’t want to waste the stems. Tasted the stems raw and thought they were quite earthy. But after cooking them with the ingredients of this recipe and serving them up with baked chicken breast stuffed with spinach, feta and cream cheese, I have changed my mind. This recipe is one I will keep.

  35. Robin Not Specified Not Specified

    I made this and had no oranges but I had mandarins and kumquats. it was wonderful and my friend and I decided we will make this often.

  36. KEN Not Specified Not Specified

    Didn’t have shallots so used onion. Orange rind looked dry so didn’t add zest. I ate it as if it were the main course.

  37. Linda C Not Specified Not Specified

    I have always loved beets, but today followed your recipe for stems and leaves! It was wonderful and I will definitely make i bargain! Thank you!

  38. Elsa D Not Specified Not Specified

    Bought a bunch of beets at the farmer’s market today with a lovely head of leaves and long stems. At home washed and diced all the stems, some diced onion and garlic and sautéed all in a bit of butter/water for 5 min. Sprinkled Montreal steak spice on the soft veggies, then squeezed 1/2 lime on top. Delicious. The tops will be used up another day. Then I came across this recipe and will definitely try it somtime.

  39. D'Andra Newman Not Specified Not Specified

    I love this recipe! I tried beet greens for the 1st time this evening and they are better than I expected! I was pleasantly surprised. I substituted not from concentrate orange juice for the juice from an orange. I didn’t have shallots or the champagne vinegar on hand and just used garlic salt and it was great! Thanks for the recipe. My 11 year old daughter enjoyed them too!

  40. Dina A Not Specified Not Specified

    I normally give the greens to my parrots. I tired this today and it came out wonderful! Thank you!

  41. Joana Not Specified Not Specified

    In Portugal, unless you grow them yourself, you have no access to the beet’s stems or leaves, or carrot tops. Anyway, it sounds like a great ideia for when I start growing my own veggies! :)

  42. Ronda Not Specified Not Specified

    I just made this tonight – it was delicious. I cooked the chopped stems in a fry pan with bacon and garlic. I cooked the torn leaves in water with about 1 tsp of chicken bouillon. Drained the leaves and added it to the stems and bacon. Then added about 1/2 cup of the liquid I cooked the leaves in, and finished off with the orange zest which was a very nice addition. I’ll boil the beets tomorrow and perhaps use a part of one in a spinach smoothie. I’m thinking I will boil beets in the the leaves/chicken bouillon mix. Butter and salt is all I need on boiled beets.

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