Roasted Turnips

Roasted turnips on a plate
The Spruce
  • Total: 73 mins
  • Prep: 13 mins
  • Cook: 60 mins
  • Yield: 12 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
43 Calories
2g Fat
7g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 12 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 43
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g 2%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 84mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 7g 2%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Protein 1g
Calcium 36mg 3%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Turnips can be a little sharp in their taste, but something happens when you roast these peppery veggies from the mustard family. Roasting mellows the flavor of turnips and concentrates their texture into a tender, melting vegetable. Serve these easy roasted turnips with other roasted vegetables (the sweetness of carrots is a good complement) alongside roasted meats, or with a simple roasted chicken.

This recipe is really a method. Feel free to change the amount to suit your needs. Try adding fresh herbs (rosemary is particularly delicious with the spicy bite of turnips) or spices, or combine the turnips with other root vegetables as you like. You'll find some tasty variations at the end of the recipe.

Serve roasted turnips hot, warm, or at room temperature as a side dish, or as part of a roasted vegetable platter. They're tasty all on their own but can certainly benefit from a bit of extra love.

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Ingredients

  • 2 pounds turnips
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon fine or coarse sea salt, or more to taste
  • Optional: ground black pepper

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Roasted turnips
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  2. Preheat the oven to 400 F.

  3. While the oven heats, trim and peel the turnips. Tender baby turnips can be simply scrubbed instead of peeled, but even their peel will be a bit more fibrous than the tender insides. Leave baby turnips whole; cut larger ones into large-ish bite-size pieces.

    Peeled and cut turnips for roasting
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  4. Put the prepared turnips in a baking pan or on a baking sheet. Drizzle them with olive oil. Use your hands or two large spoons to toss the turnips around a bit to coat them thoroughly with the oil. Sprinkle them with salt.

    Cut up turnips coated with olive oil on a baking pan
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  5. Roast the turnips until they're tender and browned. Start checking them after about 30 minutes. Depending on their size and age, it may take them up to an hour or more to get completely tender.

    Roasted turnips on baking sheet
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  6. Sprinkle with more salt and pepper, if you'd like. Serve and enjoy!

Are Turnips Anti-Inflammatory?

In general, fruits and vegetables have the capacity to reduce inflammation because of the antioxidants and other nutrients they contain. According to the USDA Nutrient Database, turnips, in particular, contain fiber, Vitamin C, and minerals such as potassium, phosphorus, folate, calcium, and magnesium, and no fat or cholesterol.

Recipe Variations

  • After 20 minutes, add a few grinds of coarsely ground black pepper over the turnips.
  • When you take the turnips out of the oven, toss them with a tablespoon or two of minced fresh herbs such as parsley, thyme, sage, and/or rosemary.
  • Drizzle the roasted turnips with romesco sauce or homemade pesto when you serve them. If it's spring and you have baby turnips, they are a particularly good match for green garlic pesto.
  • When the turnips are almost done, add about 1 tablespoon of butter, toss to melt the butter and coat the turnips, then sprinkle them with about 1/2 teaspoon garam masala, and toss again to coat them evenly. Roast a final 5 to 10 minutes.
  • If you're cooking a chicken or a pork roast, simply add the turnips to the pan with it to roast with it. The juices from the roast will flavor the turnips beautifully.
  • Mix things up by roasting other root vegetables—potatoes, parsnips, and rutabagas are all goods choices. Cut the vegetables into similarly sized pieces so they roast evenly. Beets are tasty but know that they will stain the turnips pink when they touch.

How to Store Roasted Turnips

Turnips, like many roasted vegetables, will keep in the refrigerator for up to 5 days if they're in a sealed container. You can reheat them in the microwave, a low oven covered in aluminum foil, or in a cast iron skillet with a little drizzle of olive oil until heated through.