Roasted turnips – a great vegan side dish to go with a meal. This easy turnip recipe is fairly simple to make with just 5 ingredients and minimal prep. It makes a healthy side dish that pairs pretty much well with any main meal.
Turnip is one of the underrated low carb root vegetables packed with nutrients that has been often turned down in my home due to its sharp radish-like flavour. However, nowadays this easy turnip recipe 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.
This humble vegetable is an ideal substitute for potato dishes such as Bombay Aloo, Jeera Aloo, Aloo Gobi specifically for people following a low-carb diet. If you are planning a roast dinner you could swap this for Crispy Roasted Baby Potatoes.
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.
How to use up leftovers?
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 few options to use it up.
Slightly mash and use it in Chickpea Veggie Patties.
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.
Herbs work well with roast turnips. Fresh thyme, sage or rosemary makes a great addition. Generally, fresh herbs impart intense flavour and aroma than dried ones. However, you can use dried if fresh herbs are not in hand.
Add garlic for a lovely flavour. Garlic goes well with almost any vegetable, it pairs well with parsnip as well.
To spice up your roast vegetable try adding piri piri seasoning.
Add butter and brown sugar to take things a notch up. This is a great way to make this easy turnip recipe specifically for kids as it adds a lovely sweet flavour and counteracts sharp flavour.
Fresh parsley sprinkled on top of roasted turnips adds extra flavour.
Tips and Tricks
Get the tray piping hot beforehand to kick start the process and save cooking time.
Do not overcrowd 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.
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Step by Step Instructions
1. For preparing turnip, place peeled and cubed turnips, spices and oil in a bowl.
2. Mix well until turnip cubes are well coated.
3. Spread seasoned turnip into a single layer in a piping hot tray.
4. Place the tray in preheated oven and roast at 220 C/ 200 C Gas mark 7/ 430 F for 25 mins. 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.
Adjust seasoning to your taste.
Roast time may vary depending on the size of the turnip cubes.
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- Check the notes and tips for extra info and help.
- Wash and peel turnip skin, cut it into bite-size cubes and keep it aside.
- Preheat oven at 220 C/200 C Gas mark 7/430 F and keep baking tray inside the oven.
- Meanwhile, combine oil, salt, pepper and cumin in a small bowl.
- 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.
- Keep 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.
This recipe is a part of A to Z challenge, a challenge initiated by super active bloggers Jolly Makkar and Vidya Narayan on Facebook Group, wherein a group of bloggers comes together and we choose key ingredients alphabetically to cook and post a dish every month. This month’s challenge is to make a dish with a star ingredient name starting with the letter ‘T' so I choose Turnip as a star ingredient.
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I have to admit, I hardly get these turnips to cook with. never a particular reason but your roast seems to motivate me to get that bunch in the grocery list tomorrow.
Geetha must admit that I hardly include turnip in our daily diet. Having said that your roasted turnips is making me rethink. Love how you've given several flavour variations. Its a must try recipe.
I'm so glad you like the flavour variations of this recipe and I'm sure with so many possible ways of cooking this underrated vegetable, you would include them in your weekly menu.
Roasted turnips make a wonderful side dish with meals or even we can enjoy just like that with some chutney. My mom makes this with Indian spices that I had totally forgotten about it.. love your baked version and all the variations to make this easy easy and healthy dish.
Absolutely, it is such a versatile dish that can be enjoyed as a side dish or on its own. Glad this recipe reminded you of your mom's recipe.
am a huge veggie fan, and these roasted turnips are so tempting.... as a snack or a meal by themselves
Glad you liked it. Hope you get to try it 🙂
Nice and simple roasted turnip with flavourful spices.This will make a good side dish with dal chawal. I have so far only made pickled turnips.
Yes, this goes absolutely well with rice and dal. Have never tried pickled turnips, I would definitely try it sometime.
I get such lovely turnips here but struggle to decide what to make with them. Your simple recipe will help me include this root vegetable in my daily diet very easily.
I'm so glad you find this recipe helpful. Do let me know how you liked it when you get to try this recipe.
The Girl Next Door
Such a simple recipe, but I can imagine just how flavourful it would taste. Turnips are super nutritious, and this is a great way to make use of them. Perfect for a cold winter day!
Oh yes, I totally agree, this simple yet flavourful recipe is a great way to use this underrated nutritious and low carb veggie.
I love roasted root vegetables of all kinds. This would make a great side to main course meals and can be eaten as a snack with cocktails too. Love it.