Air Fryer Beets

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Savor the simplicity and deliciousness of these Air Fryer Beets. In no time, you’ve got a batch of tender, perfectly roasted beets that are healthy and super versatile. Toss them in a salad, pile them onto a sandwich, or enjoy them just as they are for a straightforward nutritious snack.

Suitable for Vegan, Paleo, and Gluten Free diets. Post includes Weight Watchers points.

the completed roasted beet recipe ready to serve

Get ready to fall in love with beets again with our Air Fryer Beets recipe! This simple yet utterly delicious recipe transforms ordinary beets into a crispy side bursting with flavor and natural sweetness.

And here’s the best part: it’s unbelievably easy to make! With just a few simple steps, you’ll turn those humble beets into a vibrant, healthy side dish perfect for any occasion.

Roasting veggies is a great way to amplify their sweetness and bring out the earthy flavor. I’ve always loved roasting potatoes and carrots, and now I loooooove roasted beets.

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Until recently, my only experience with beets was the pickled version, and while they were okay, I didn’t love them. They felt slimy, and the pickle was overpowering. And if you want a fun way for the kids to enjoy their greens, add these Air Fryer Vegetable Kabobs to the mix.

So, grab your air fryer, and let’s give these beets the glow-up they deserve!

Why Make This Air Fryer Beets Recipe

  • Fast And Healthy Snacking Sorted – Air-fried beets cook faster than roasting them in the oven. They are a great snack.
  • Effortless Entertaining For Summer – These Air Fryer Beets are a vibrant, tasty addition to any party spread. Watch them disappear as fast as you made them!
  • Budget-Friendly – Roast beets in air fryer are affordable and widely available, making these Air Fried Beets a wallet-friendly wonder.
  • Nutritious – Air frying uses less oil, and these are loaded with fiber, folate, and vitamin C. 
top down view of a bowl filled with air fryer beets topped with dill

Ingredients Notes

  • Whole beets – This air fryer roasted beets recipe uses fresh red beets. If you prefer a less sweet beet try golden beets, just make sure they are fresh.
  • Orange Juice – Fresh-squeezed provides maximum flavor, but you can also use store-bought.
  • Olive Oil – or avocado oil – A small amount is all that’s needed.
  • Salt – brings out the flavor.
  • Dill – for serving, but feel free to use other herbs.
the ingredients needed for making beets in air fryer

Ready to learn how to make these air fryer roasted beets? Grab those red beets and the other ingredients, and I will show you…

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How To Make Roasted Beets in Air Fryer

Get the complete ingredients list and instructions from the recipe card below.

  1. Preheat air fryer to 400 degrees F / 200 degrees C, peel the beets, and chop them into bite-sized pieces / one-inch cubes.
  2. In a large bowl, toss beets with olive oil and orange juice and add seasoned beets in a single layer to the air fryer basket.
  3. Air fry beets for 16-18 minutes, shaking the basket a few times during cooking.
  4. Taste they are fork tender, adjust seasoning if needed, and add a sprinkle of dill if desired. 
image collage showing the steps for making air fryer beets

Roast In The Instant Pot Instead

You can do these in the Instant Pot instead. You won’t get the crispy effect, but you will still get good a result – so check out this Instant Pot Beets post.

Pro Tips 

  • Preheat the air fryer if recommended by your manufacturer. 
  • Make sure to wash your veggies well and remove any debris before cooking.
  • Wear gloves or peel the beets in a bowl of cold water to prevent staining your hands. 
  • Cut them into similar-sized pieces so they cook evenly. Also, make sure to shake the basket halfway through.
  • You can serve warm or cold.
  • Air Fryer temperatures vary depending on the make and model. Use the air fryer cooking time listed here as a guide. We recommend checking for doneness and adjusting as needed.

Delicious Variations

  • Use Different Kinds of Beets – Most of us are familiar with red beets, but you can also get golden beets and striped beets.
  • Add To Salads – Roasted beets are mighty tasty on top of a salad.
  • Add Chopped Nuts – Chopped and toasted walnuts add a nice crunch to these.
  • Herbs – Feel free to add extra herbs like chopped fresh parsley or cilantro.
  • Use Smoked Salt – Smoked salt adds a wonderful smoky flavor. 
  • Use Your Favorite Seasoning – Salt (and a little bit of dill) is all you really need, but you can experiment with different seasonings like garlic powder, salt and pepper, and red pepper flakes.
  • Cheese – If not vegan, top-cooked beets with goat cheese, crumbled feta cheese, or creamy cheeses go well with their natural sweetness.
  • Sweeten up – Add some honey or maple syrup, and then air fry them for a sweet twist.
a bundle of 3 fresh beets ready to prep and cook in air fryer

Prep And Storage

  • Prep Ahead – These veggies can be peeled and chopped up to 3 days in advance. 
  • Store – Leftovers should be kept in an airtight container in the fridge. Use them within 4 days.
  • Freeze – Freezing cooked beets is possible, but it’s important to note that their texture might change slightly upon thawing. I don’t recommend freezing them for that reason.
  • Reheat – You can reheat leftover beets in a 350 degrees F / 176 degrees C oven for 10 minutes. 
close up view of the finished air fryer beets inside the air fryer basket


Do I Need To Peel Beets Before Or After Air Frying?

You can peel beets before or after air frying, based on your preference.

Peeling them before air frying makes them ready to eat right away while peeling after can be easier and helps retain moisture and nutrients during cooking.

Can I Roast Beets In The Oven?

Yes, you can roast beets in the oven. Follow the same recipe above, but spread the cubes onto a baking sheet. Roast for 30-40 minutes in a 400 degrees F / 200 degrees C oven.

How Do You Reheat Beets?

Reheat them in the air fryer for 2-3 minutes at 375 degrees F / 190 degrees C.

Can I Freeze Roasted Beets?

Yes, you can freeze roasted beets but freezing them is more of a personal decision. I find that they can sometimes be a little rubbery. If you decide to freeze, follow these instructions:
– Allow them to cool completely.
– Pour into a freezer-safe bag.
– Store in the freezer for up to three months. 

What Are Beets?

Beets are a tasty root vegetable that are enjoyed all over the world. They are a low-calorie food that provides many health benefits. 

They’re chock full of important nutrients like manganese, folate, potassium and vitamins B2 and C. They are also especially rich in fiber, and known to have antioxidant properties that may help regulate blood pressure.

the finished air fryer roasted beets served in a ceramic bowl with silver spoon

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Serve With:

  • Air Fryer Whole Chicken – Serve your whole chicken with these crispy air fryer beets for a quick, easy side.
  • Air Fryer Ham – The sweet flavor of the beets complements the savory richness of the ham.
  • Air Fryer Fried Chicken – Fried chicken goes well with beets, balancing the sweet and salty tastes.

I love root vegetables and all the beets adding these to grain bowls, salads or over pasta, whipping them into beet soup or beet hummus.

  • A functional air fryer to make this tasty side.
  • Sharp knife – Use a sharp knife to slice these beets perfectly.
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Weight Watchers Points

There is just 1 Blue Plan SmartPoint in one serving of this.

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the completed roasted beet recipe ready to serve
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Air Fryer Beets

Whip up delicious roasted beets effortlessly in just minutes.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time18 minutes
Total Time23 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 4
Calories: 82kcal
Author: Bintu Hardy


  • 1 pound (453g) beets peeled and cut into one-inch pieces
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice
  • salt to taste
  • dill fronds chopped


  • Peel the beets and cut them into one-inch cubes.
  • Combine with the olive oil and orange juice in a mixing bowl.
  • Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees F / 200 degress C.
  • Place beets in the air fryer basket and cook for16-18 minutes, shaking a couple of times.
  • Transfer to a plate, taste and adjust seasonings, then top with dill (if desired).
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  • Preheat the air fryer if recommended by your manufacturer. 
  • Wear gloves or peel the beets in a bowl of cold water to prevent staining your hands.
  • Cut the beets into similar-sized pieces for even cooking.
  • Storage – keep in an airtight container inside the fridge for 4 days.
  • There is 1 WW Blue Plan SmartPoints in one serving of this.


Calories: 82kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 89mg | Potassium: 377mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 46IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 1mg

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