Mandarin Glazed Beets

Mandarin Glazed Beets brings together two of my favorite foods: Fresh beets and canned mandarin oranges! What’s your favorite food combo?

Mandarin oranges and red beets come together in this colorful and delicious side dish!
Mandarin Glazed Beets

Mandarin Glazed Beets


4 medium beets (2 lbs)

Olive oil

11 oz can of Mandarin oranges, drained, liquid reserved

2 tsp cornstarch

2 tbsp lemon juice

2 tbsp butter


Cut greens off beets, leaving 1” of the stem. Wash thoroughly, brush with olive oil and wrap in aluminum foil. Roast until tender, 50-60 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool. Peel beets and cut into cubes.*

Mix mandarin orange liquid, cornstarch and lemon juice in a medium saucepan.  Add butter and turn heat to medium.

Allow the liquid to come to a simmer and cook for 2 minutes or until thickened.

Add beets and cook until warm.  Gently stir in oranges and allow to warm.

* Beets can be cooked in advance and stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.


4 servings, 190 calories per serving

Hack:  If you like this combination of oranges and beets, try this Orange Beet Salad!



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10 Replies to “Mandarin Glazed Beets”

  1. This is such an awesome recipe! How did you come up with this combination? I am constantly searching for different creative, easy nutritious mix of foods that I can make fast and not feel guilty about eating. Thank you for providing me with another option. I can not wait to go get some beets and go try this!

  2. Well this certainly looks like an interesting side dish. Although I do like mandarin oranges and I do like beets, I’m not sure how I feel about them together. It does not sound like anything that I would personally eat or fix for anyone in my family to eat but it does look like a simple recipe that doesn’t take all that long to prepare. 

    1. I will also occasionally come across a recipe and think, “Who eats stuff like that?”  But then, people say that to me every time I eat Brussels sprouts 😉 To each her own, Rachel!  

  3. Thanks for showing us how to prepare the Mandarin Glazed Beets. I have taken note of the ingredients needed, such as:

    4 medium beets, Olive oil, oz can of Mandarin oranges, drained, liquid reserved, 2 tsp cornstarch, 2 tbsp lemon juice, 2 tbsp butter. I have also taken note of the preparation. However, I would have loved to have more information about the health benefits of Mandarin Glazed Beets. 

    Thanks for sharing.



    1. Beets are one of my favorite foods.  They are low in calories but packed with nutrients including manganese, folate and potassium!  It would be great to include nutrition facts in my recipes.  I’ll have to look into how I can make that happen.

  4. Hi

    Wow. I never knew these combination would work. The recipe is also simple and easy to make. And looks yummy. You are so creative and gifted. I am looking forward to trying it at home for my family. My daughter loves oranges and beets. I can only imagine how she is gonna love them combined in one plate. I will surely come back and give feedback 

  5. When I announced that I was going to make beets for dinner, my husband didn’t like the idea very much. He grew up eating unflavored canned beets, so the thought of it disgusts him. But when I explained that I was going to bake them with a citrus glaze, he said he would be willing to give them a try. Let’s see if I’m able to surprise my family. Thanks for this recipe.

    1. I think we all grew up eating canned beets but I haven’t touched them since experiencing the amazing taste of fresh beets!  The fact that these beets can be roasted a few days ahead of time to save effort at mealtime makes it even better.

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