Easy Roasted Rutabaga

Roasted Rutabaga Recipe

The Spruce / Diana Rattray

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 55 mins
Total: 65 mins
Servings: 4 servings

Roasting brings out the naturally sweet flavor of the rutabaga, and it is a super easy way to cook the vegetable. 

This is a simple recipe and a real treat for any rutabaga lover. A sharp vegetable peeler will easily peel the tough, waxy skin of the rutabaga, and use a large, sharp knife to cut the hard vegetable into chunks or smaller pieces. 


  • 1 or 2 rutabagas (about 1 1/2 to 2 pounds total weight)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Black pepper (freshly ground, to taste)
  • Optional: 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
  • Optional:1 tablespoon fresh chopped parsley

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Preheat the oven to 425 F.

  3. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with foil.

  4. Peel the rutabaga(s) and cut them into 1-inch pieces.

  5. In a large bowl or food storage bag, toss the diced rutabaga with the olive oil, salt, pepper, and nutmeg, if using.

  6. Arrange the rutabaga in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet. 

  7. Bake for about 40 to 50 minutes, until tender and lightly browned. 

  8. Toss with fresh chopped parsley, if desired.

  9. Serve and enjoy!


  • Freeze roasted cooled rutabagas and other root vegetables in a single layer on a baking sheet until solid. Pack frozen root vegetables into small individual portion containers or freezer bags. Reheat them or use them in soups or stews.