The Harvard Beets Recipe Honey just graduated from Harvard University with a 4.0 GPA in Easy and Delicious Recipe Studies. Jokes aside, the name comes from several different myths which is a story for another time. The beets are cooked and drenched in a sweet and syrupy sauce made from honey, the honey adds flavor to the beets. First, we have to cook this sugary root.

Let’s get cooking!

Harvard Honey Beets Recipes

Prep Time 15 minutes
Active Time and Assembling 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 185 kcal


  • 14 oz  beets
  • 1/2 cup organic honey
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 sprig fresh cilantro


  • Rinse the beets thoroughly making sure all the dirt and grime has washed off
  • Place the washed beets in a saucepan of water and place them on the stove
  • The beets should be completely covered by water, turn on the flame 
  • As the water starts to boil the peel of the beet will soften 
  • Drain the beets and run them under cold water till the beets have cooled
  • Place the beets on a cutting board and pull away from the peel with your hands
  • Chop the peeled beets into cubes and set them aside
  • In a clean large saucepan, mix the cornstarch, vinegar, honey, and salt
  • Bring the honey mixture to a boil while stirring it to prevent any lumps
  • Continue to cook the syrup for 2 minutes as it begins to thicken
  • Cut the butter into cubes and add them to the syrup along with the beets
  • Continue to stir to coat the beets and heat them through

Tips for this recipe

  • You can use canned beets instead of whole ones, just drain them and used the beet reserve in cooking the syrup
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Ta-Da! Your Harvard Beets Recipe Honey is ready to be served. The beets are tender yet still crunchy while the honey sauce will carry the flavors. The simple ingredients make a tasty and easy recipe, fit for all occasions.

How to Cook the Best Beets?

Beets aren’t like most root vegetables, but here are some ways we can change that: 

Boiled Beets

As we have done in this recipe, boiled beets are an easy way to tenderize the beets as well as easily removing the peel without having to use a knife. Peeled beets tend to lose some of their nutrients in the water but they are the easiest way to cook them

Steamed Beets

When we steam beets, we’re cooking the roots at a high pressure of vapor. The beets are placed on a steamer basket which is in turn placed inside a steamer. The steamer is allowed to heat up and cook the beets in under 30 minutes

Roast Beets

Seasoning the beets and placing them in the oven or air fryer is a great way of preparing seasoned beets. You can roast the beet whole or cut it into wedges. Cut up beets tend to roast more easily than whole beets.

Raw Beets

You can consume raw beets and beets greens as well. All you need to do is thinly slice the beets and the greens and eat them with salads.

Pair the Harvard Beets with these recipes

Add a spoonful of almond cream cheese to your Harvard Beets Honey and enjoy the sweet and savory taste. Harvard Beets goes well with proteins which makes the Baked Peanut Butter Chicken a great combination. Step outside of the box and make the Chicken Breast Stuffed with Pepper Jack Cheese and Spinach Recipe, it will complement the sweetness of the beets. For a heartier protein make the Instant Pot Mongolian Beef, it’s such a toothsome recipe that your beets might be overshadowed…

If you want to stay true to your vegan lifestyle, then look up where you can get them for the best price. A fresh black bean salad with the colorful and sweet Harvard Beets is hard to resist. Make the ever-popular Casa Ole Spinach Enchiladas, there’s nothing Mexican food can’t compliment! 

Here are some more recipes you can enjoy with the Harvard beets recipe honey: 

For more beets recipes, check out the Sweet and Sour Beets and Easy Chicken Beets