Roasted turnips – a great gluten free and vegan side dish to go with a meal. This easy turnip recipe is fairly simple to make with just 5 simple ingredients and minimal prep. It makes a healthy side dish that pairs pretty well with any main meal.
Turnip is one of the underrated low carb root vegetables packed with nutrients that have been often turned down in my home due to its sharp radish-like flavour.
However, nowadays this roasted turnip is one of the side dishes that appear on our weekly menu as roasting mellows down the sharp flavour and brings out the natural sweetness of this vegetable making it more appealing and palatable.
Why you will love this roasted turnip recipe?
Easy to prepare with few basic ingredients
Low carb, vegan and gluten free
Vegetable: Fresh tender turnips are perfect in this recipe.
How to roast turnips?
Peel and cut turnips into bite-size cubes.
Preheat oven to 200 C (400 F).
Meanwhile place cubed turnips, spices and oil in a bowl.
Mix well until turnip cubes are well coated.
Spread seasoned turnip into a single layer in a piping hot tray.
Place the tray in preheated oven and roast for 25-30 minutes. Take out the tray halfway through cooking, mix well and roast.
Serve delicious roasted turnips on its own or with any main meal of your choice.
Do you have to peel turnips before roasting?
Baby turnips need not be peeled but you would need to scrub the skin while washing. However, mature turnip skin is fibrous and bitter. Therefore, you will have to remove it before roasting.
Variations and substitutions
Herbs: Fresh or dried herbs work well in roasted vegetable recipes. Fresh thyme, parsley, sage or rosemary makes a great addition. Generally, fresh herbs impart a more intense flavour and aroma than dried ones when sprinkled on top. However, you can use dried if fresh herbs are not in the kitchen.
Garlic: Add garlic for a lovely flavour. Garlic goes well with almost any vegetable, it pairs well with parsnip as well.
Seasoning: To spice up the roast vegetable try adding seasoning.
Butter and sugar: Add butter and brown sugar to take things a notch up. This is a great way to make this easy roasted turnips recipe specifically for kids as it adds a lovely sweet flavour and counteracts sharp flavour.
Black Pepper: Feel free to use freshly ground black pepper powder instead of crushed.
Tips and Tricks
Get the baking sheet piping hot beforehand to kick-start the process and save cooking time.
Do not overfill turnip cubes on the tray as it results in steaming rather than roasting. If necessary, use two trays, but make sure to spread turnips in a single layer and ensure they are spaced well.
Take the baking tray out of the oven halfway through the cooking process., flip the turnips over and put the tray back in the oven and continue cooking until done. This ensures even roasting and browning on all sides.
This simple roasted turnip is an excellent low carb dish to serve in roast dinners instead of roast potatoes.
Adjust seasoning to your taste.
Roast time may vary depending on the size of the turnip cubes.
Fridge: Leftover turnips could be stored for up to 3 days in the fridge in an airtight container.
Reheat in the oven for around 10 mins until warm.
Both are root vegetables with different flavour profiles, appearance and textures. While parsnips have a sweet and nutty flavour, turnips have an earthy and slightly bitter taste when cooked. Turnips are round in shape whereas parsnips are long and tapered like carrots.
Rutabaga is another name for swede and is believed to be a hybrid of turnip and cabbage. In America, swede is known as rutabaga and in Scotland it is known as neeps.
They are both from a different family. Swedes are bigger in size with much tougher skin and yellow flesh whereas turnips are small and have thin and smooth skin with white flesh. Swedes are also termed Swedish turnips, yellow turnips and Russian turnips.
Leftovers can be stored in a freezer to use on another weekday meal. It keeps good for up to 3 months. However, if you are looking to use up the very next day rather than freezing then there are a few options to incorporate in recipes.
Slightly mash and use it in chickpea veggie patties, vegetable quesadillas and frittatas.
Toss it in oil along with onion, tomato and season with spices of your choice to make a dry curry and repurpose it into curry puffs.
More roasted vegetables recipes to try
📖 Recipe Card
- Wash and peel turnip skin, cut it into bite-size cubes and keep it aside.367 gms (or) 2.5 cups (or) 3 medium size Turnips
- Preheat oven to 200 C (400 F) and with the baking tray inside the oven.
- Meanwhile, combine oil, salt, pepper and cumin in a small bowl.1½ (1.5) Tablespoon Olive Oil, Salt, Crushed Pepper, ½ Teaspoon Cumin
- Put turnip cubed and toss well.
- Transfer seasoned turnips to a piping hot baking tray and spread it in a single layer. Ensure to space them well.
- Put the tray in the oven and roast for 15 minutes.
- Take the tray out, mix well and return to oven and continue to roast for further 10 minutes.
- Serve delicious roasted turnips on its own or with any main meal of your choice.
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