Try it – How to cook a turnip

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Have you ever tried a turnip? Me neither! Doesn’t it just sound funny? TUR-NIP? HA! Anyway, I’ve never met a vegetable I didn’t like, so I figured it was about time I gave ‘ol turnip a try (if you follow me on twitter, you may already know some of this). In truth, I was really craving potatoes. But after hearing that turnips (also a “starch” vegetable) contain only one third the amount of calories as potatoes, I figured it was worth testing. It turns out these root vegetables pack quite a nutritious punch, as well! Turnips provide an excellent source of vitamin C, fiber, folic acid, manganese, pantothenic acid, and copper. They also offer a very good source of thiamine, potassium, niacin, and magnesium. In addition, they are a good source of vitamin B6 and E, folic acid, and riboflavin.

Not having cooked a turnip before, I did a bit of research and learned that you can cook them very similar to a potato. Knowing this, I came up with the following recipe.

Easy Turnip Saute

You’ll need:

Add chopped onions and 1 tablespoon butter to a medium-heat saute pan. Cook until browned. Add turnips and another tablespoon of butter. Cook about 5 minutes. Add rosemary and stir. Cover and cook about 10-15 minutes. Remove lid and cook until turnips are browned and soft.

Season with salt and pepper, plate and enjoy!

This was great! I thought they tasted A LOT like potatoes. Definitely had the same consistency. But the turnip had more of a distinct flavor, though. I can’t really describe it other than… turnipy — how’s that for descriptive?! Anyway, I really enjoyed this dish and love how easy it would be to customize with your favorite spices and flavors. Get creative!

Have you tried turnips? What did you think? How have you had them prepared? I have a feeling I’ll be on quite the turnip kick, so I could use some ideas!

36 Responses to “Try it – How to cook a turnip”

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  2. Huh…you may hav just inspired me to buy a turnip next week!!

  3. Jessica says:

    I think that turnips are in some filipino dishes that my dad makes. It’s hard for me to remember because my dad is always changing things up. Also, I always get radishes and turnips confused! LOL! Thanks for the nutritional info! I will definitely look into turnips as a potato alternative!

  4. Yum! I always pass by the turnips in the store, but maybe I’ll give them a go!

  5. Oohh I have never cooked a turnip or eaten one for that matter. I have always been curious to try them. Looks good!

  6. Run Sarah says:

    I’ve never tried cooking a turnip but I had no idea it was so easy. I’ll have to try this!

  7. I’ve only had turnips in turnip greens but I’ve never cooked it myself. Sounds easy!!

  8. I love turnips, I should make them more! They’re good mashed up like a potato too with a bit of butter.

  9. Lizzy says:

    hey chica! this turnip saute looks delish! i’ve only had turnips boiled…ickyz! your yummy pics have definitely persuaded me to give turnips a 2nd chance! I hope u are off to a great tuesday!
    xoxo!

  10. I’ve gotta say, I’ve never had a turnip…or parsnip. Or rutabaga. I gotta branch out :)

  11. We got regular turnips and LOADS of Tokyo turnips from our CSA last summer. I think we almost got turnip-ed out. If you can get the turnips with the greens attached do it. The greens can be sauteed on their own like swiss chard

  12. Charline says:

    my favourite way to eat turnips….

    Chop a turnip and half as many carrots…. boil until soft… Mash them all together with salt, pepper, and a little butter…. YUM! Makes me think of Thanksgiving at Grandma’s house….

  13. Shannon says:

    Turnips are one of those veggies I am kind of scared of because I don’t know what to do with them. Thanks for the tip. Maybe I’ll be braver next time I see one…

  14. I’ve had them tossed in parmesan cheese and roasted — yum!

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  16. that looks delicious! never cooked a turnip :)

  17. I can honestly say I have never tried a turnip…but this might be a great time to start!

  18. Sarah says:

    Turnips have always been a staple at all of our “big” family meals: Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter, etc. I also make them for “regular” meals, but the special occasion aspect is why I have always thought of them as normal/standard for meals.

    I’m used to having them peeled, chopped then boiled until soft. Then gently “mashed” (still a bit chunky) with salt and pepper, and butter if you want to indulge. Drool! So simple!

    Beware though! If your turnip is overripe it will be very bitter. I’m happy for you that your first one wasn’t!

  19. Judy says:

    I have only tried them in soups – but I am going to try your recipe and see, the picture looks AMAZING!

  20. i love turnips, but i have never cooked them.

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  23. Brittany says:

    Thanks!! I may just have to try it now!

  24. Leah says:

    Looks yummy, just like potatoes!!
    I always get turnips and parsnips mixed up. At least now I know which one the turnip is … but I’ll probably forget again in a few minutes ;)

  25. Cole says:

    I have never tried a turnip before but now I am definitely intrigued…

  26. Midgetkeeper says:

    I had turnips for the first time for Christmas when my friend brought some over mashed, they are yummy. I never think to pick some up, maybe I will next grocery trip.

  27. Helen says:

    I love turnips and often use them in place of a potato. I have a great recipe for Corn Chowder that uses potato and I often replace them with chunks of turnip. Your recipe sounds yummy!

  28. I’m not much for turnips. I grew them in my garden last year and that sharp almost bitter taste they have really gets to me. Not sure why. Your dish looks really yummy though and I have a surplus of turnips STILL so maybe I’ll give them another whirl.

  29. Judy says:

    So I made the turnips – SO GOOD, my husband loved them! Thanks so much for sharing this!

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  32. I love turnips! I have a recipe for chicken noodle soup that calls for turnips and honey and it is out of this world. Looking forward to trying this recipe too. :)

  33. Bill says:

    If you boil the turnips, add a potato. It will take away any bitterness the turnips may have.

  34. Dawn says:

    I keep trying turnips different ways. Yes, they do somewhat taste like potatos, I know exactly what you mean by that turnip taste. Maybe if I keep trying, I’ll get used to that. They are really low carb and I try to stick to that, but have gotten really bored with my usual selections, so I’m trying to find something different to eat. I’n going to try the recipe above and see how that works for me. Thanks!

  35. Sharon S. says:

    I tried your recipe, but steamed the turnips, cooked really fast, cooked the onion in butter, salt, pepper, and some Old Bay w/garlic & herbs, it is soooo good, Thank you

  36. Vera says:

    I tried it but the turnip just has too much of a distinct bitter flavor and I couldn’t get past it. Didn’t help that I’ve had a cold and my stomach’s a bit weird. Hubby says he would eat them raw like jicama. Gonna try that next.

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