Roasted Turnips: the delicious recipe for a quick, healthy side dish

Total time: 40 Min
Difficulty: Low
Serves: 4 people
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turnips, peeled and cut into cubes
1 ½ pounds
Extra virgin olive oil
2 tsp
dried ground sage
1/8 tsp
2 tsp
salt and pepper to taste

For a delicious, healthy side dish that's easy and fast to make, roast turnips are the way to go! This nutritious root vegetable is keto-friendly and makes a great alternative to roast potatoes if you're on a low-carb diet or simply want to switch things up. Roasting the turnips gives them so much flavor while making them super soft and tender. The key to successfully making excellent roast turnips is to peel them before you put them in the oven. From there, it's easy – just season and bake. Whether you're on the keto diet or not, roast turnips are a tasty, healthy side dish you're sure to enjoy.

How to Roast Turnips

Roasting turnips is easier than you may think. Cut turnips, season them with oil, sage, salt and pepper. Transfer them to a baking tray and bake for 35 minutes, until they are soft. Before serving, add the butter, salt and pepper to taste. This is an easy and healthy recipe no one will resist!

Tips for Making the Best Roast Turnips

– Don't have any ground sage? No problem! Use your favorite freshly chopped herbs or dried herb mixes (like Italian seasoning or herbes de Provence) instead.

Peel turnips before you roast them. They're much harder to peel once they've been cooked. A potato peeler is perfect for the job.

Small to medium-sized turnips are best for roasted turnips. Smaller turnips are less bitter than larger ones. Salting the turnips also helps to reduce the bitterness, or you can add a very small amount of sugar to the seasonings.

– To make an extra healthy side dish, roast your turnips with other root vegetables. Carrots, beets, and yams are all great choices.

– Roasted turnips are an incredibly versatile side dish and they're perfect if you're on a low-carb diet. Serve them with roast beef, steak, pan-cooked salmon, roast chicken, pork chops, or with your favorite meat-free meals.


How to Store Roasted Turnips

Pop leftover roast turnips into an airtight container and refrigerate them for up to 4 days. Need to freeze them? No problem! Roast turnips last up to 3 months.


Preheat your oven to 425°F.

Place the turnips, olive oil, sage, salt, and pepper in a bowl. Toss to coat the turnips.

Transfer the seasoned turnips to a baking tray. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until fork-tender.

Remove the turnips from the oven. Add the butter, toss to coat, adding more salt and pepper if desired.


Depending on how small you cut your turnips, they may need a little less or a little more time in the oven. Start checking them after 25 minutes.

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