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How to Cook Turnips

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Commonly available at local produce stores and farm stands, turnips are nutritious and can offer an unexpected burst of flavor to almost any dish. A turnip has a bite like a radish but more closely resembles a potato when it's cooked. Turnips can be sautéed, grilled, blanched, roasted, or even enjoyed raw. If you want to know how to cook them in a variety of ways, just follow these steps.


Sautéed Turnips

  • 3-4 small turnips
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice

Grilled Turnips

  • 1 lb. sliced turnips
  • 3 tbsp. olive oil, divided
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp. minced garlic
  • 2 tbsp. chopped parsley
  • Zest of 1 lemon

Roasted Turnips

  • 1 1/2 lbs. turnips
  • 1 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste


Prepare Turnips

  1. Choose the freshest turnips.Fresh turnips will feature a heavy skin, be firm to the touch, and have lush green tops. Avoid any turnips with brown spots or have unhealthy looking green tops, as these are sure indicators of older age. The older your turnip, the more bitter it will taste.
  2. Use a sharp knife to cut off the green stalks.
  3. Rinse the turnips in cool water.This will remove any bacteria or dirt.
  4. Peel the turnips.Use a sharp knife to peel the tough skin away from the turnips. If the turnip is already peeling or the skin is cracked, then you will need to peel the older layers away to expose the newer, fresher surface underneath. This is similar to the method for peeling an onion.

Sautée Turnips

  1. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a skillet over medium low heat.Wait 30 seconds or so for the butter to heat up.
  2. Sauté 1 cup of chopped onion in the skillet.
  3. Slice 3-4 turnips into thin strips.Cut them into thin strips that resemble french fries.
  4. Add the turnips to the skillet with the onion once it begins to soften.Add another tablespoon of olive oil to the skillet.
  5. Cook the turnips for 5 minutes and then reduce the heat to low.Continue cooking them until they're tender. Then, remove them from the heat and season them with salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Serve.Sprinkle the turnips with 1 tbsp. of lemon juice, toss them to combine them with the vegetable, and serve them while they're hot.

Grill Turnips

  1. Light a grill.
  2. Quarter 1 pound of turnips.When you're done, run them through a toothpick to make the grilling process easier.
  3. Brush the turnips on both sides with 1 tbsp.of olive oil.
  4. Season them with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Grill the turnips over moderately high heat until they're tender.It should take about two minutes to grill each side of the turnips. When you're done, move them to a platter.
  6. Cook 1 tablespoon of garlic and 2 tablespoon of olive oil over high heat in a skillet.Wait 1-2 minutes until the oil is sizzling.
  7. Reduce the heat to low.Cook the garlic for about 2 more minutes or until it's golden.
  8. Turn off the heat and stir in 2 tablespoon of chopped parsley and 1 tsp.of pepper. Mix the ingredients until they're thoroughly combined.
  9. Spoon the oil mixture over the turnips.
  10. Serve.Top the turnips with the zest of 1 lemon and enjoy them while they're hot.

Roast Turnips

  1. Preheat the oven to 500ºF (260ºC).Put the track in middle position.
  2. Peel and quarter 1 1/2 lbs.of turnips. The pieces should resemble lemon slices.
  3. Melt 1 tablespoon of unsalted butter in a small skillet.
  4. Toss the turnips with the melted butter in a small bowl.Season them with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Place the turnips onto a roasting pan.Make sure to leave room between the pieces.
  6. Roast the turnips for 25-30 minutes, until they're tender and brown.During the process, you should toss and shake the pan once or twice to make sure that the turnips are evenly roasted.
  7. Serve.Enjoy these tasty roasted turnips while they're hot.

Cook Turnips in Other Ways

  1. Substitute half of the potatoes in your usual favorite potato recipe with turnips.Prepare the turnips in the same manner you would the potatoes. The result will be a subtle, surprising flavor.
  2. Slice the turnips and serve them raw.These slices can then be eaten alone with a dash of salt, or you can use them on hamburgers or other dishes in place of raw onions.
  3. Grate the raw turnips.Use a cheese grater to grate them. Place them on top of your favorite salad. They'll add a crunchy texture and a bright flavor.
  4. Mince the turnips and add them to soups.Place then into your favorite soups just before you cook them, just as you would with celery or onion pieces.They will simmer in the broth and add a rich flavor.
  5. Blanch the turnips.Cut the turnips into thick slices, and blanch them in a steamer for 3 to 5 minutes. Place them atop a cookie sheet, and put them in an oven at 130ºF/54ºC for approximately 8 to 10 hours. Once they feel dry or brittle to your touch, remove them and let cool. Serve them dried as a snack, or add them to soup such as you would crackers.
  6. Finished.

Community Q&A

  • Question
    Can I boil them with potatoes and onions and maybe some cooked bacon?
    Fae Lynne
    Community Answer
    Yes! That would be delicious! Another suggestion is to slice them thinly and fry them like potatoes, or use them in place of potatoes in a beef (or any other type) stew.
  • Question
    How do I prepare turnips in a microwave?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Cut them into bite-size chunks and microwave in chicken broth until softened.
  • Question
    How long do I boil turnips?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Boil until they're soft. Pierce with a fork. If the fork goes through easily, they're done.
  • Question
    Can I reheat the turnips the next day? I am prepping for the week.
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Yes, you can microwave the turnips until hot.
  • Question
    Can I half cook turnips the day before?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    No. Always cook food to a safe internal temperatre. Cook COMPLETELY to avoid any harmful organisms from finding a way into your body.
Unanswered Questions
  • Can I fry turnips like I would fry potatoes?
  • Would turnips work in a soup as a substitute for potatoes, and blend well with vegetables like carrots and celery and onions in the broth?
  • Do you need to peel the turnips before boiling?
  • How do I cook turnip green with turnips?
  • Can turnips be frozen?
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Quick Summary

Before you cook turnips, cut off their green stalks, rinse them in cool water, and peel them. Then, cut the turnips into thin strips that look similar to French fries. Next, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a pan over medium-low heat. Add 1 cup of onion and sauté it. When the onion begins to soften, add the turnips, along with another tablespoon of olive oil. Finally, cook the turnips for 5 minutes, reduce the heat to low, and continue cooking them until they’re tender.

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  • For additional flavor, consider preparing turnip greens rather than throwing them away. You can toss them in a medium-sized pot and boil for approximately 10 minutes, or sauté them in a frying pan with a splash of olive oil for about 7 minutes. The greens will come out tender and packed with flavor.

Things You'll Need

  • Kitchen knife
  • Cheese grater
  • Frying pan
  • Grill
  • Medium pot

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