Simmered and Roasted Turnips Will Warm You this Winter!

Simmered and Roasted Turnips Will Warm You this Winter!

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My family LOVES turnips.

And contrary to what you might think, they are very versatile!

They are a root crop that is actually similar to a radish in flavor but a potato in consistency. They have a spicy flavor when eaten raw but are super delicious when cooked and that bitter, spicy flavor goes away!

What Can You Do With Turnips?

  1. You can mash them! For New Year’s Eve, it’s a Scottish tradition in our house to have mashed turnips. They are very similar to potatoes and you can doctor them to up the very close in taste to mashed potatoes. And they’re lower in calories!
  2. You can boil them! Best to boil them in a soup. Any kind of soup works…vegetable broth or tomatoes based even!
  3. You can chop them up and eat them raw in a salad! Just like you would radishes!
  4. Number one best way to eat turnips is to roast them!! That’s coming up down below!

You Can Eat the Greens Too!

The greens of the turnips are also edible. They have a bitter taste but when prepared the right way, that bitterness is taken out.

You can also check out this Southern Style Turnip Greens Recipe. It calls for bacon. Everything is good with bacon…not going to lie.

But our recipe is a plant based recipe and doesn’t use all the animal fat that comes from the bacon.

The coconut sugar really counteracts that bitter flavor. Make sure to save the juice that comes along so that you can have a nice, warm, soupy base for your greens and turnips!

I would love to hear your feedback on how you cook your turnips. Comment below or share some pics with me on Facebook or Instagram.

When you’re ready to grow your own, make sure to grab a copy of our Start Your Garden Workbook so you know how and when!

Simmered and roasted turnips recipe warms you up during the winter!

Simmered and Roasted Turnips

Hate turnips? Maybe you don't know who to cook them? Now you can impress your friends by knowing how to cook them!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4


For the roasted turnips

  • 1 bunch turnip roots split the bunch between the roots and greens
  • 1 tbsp everything bagel seasoning

For the turnip greens

  • 1 bunch of turnip greens split the bunch between the roots and greens
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 tbsp coconut sugar
  • salt & pepper to taste


For the greens

  • Chop and wash all the greens.
  • Add to a pot with vegetable broth and the coconut sugar.
  • Bring to a boil.
  • Turn the heat down to low and simmer for 1 hour.
  • Salt & pepper to taste.
  • Serve warm with the soup base and roasted turnips.

For the turnip roots

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  • While the greens are cooking, wash and chop the turnip roots into quarters.
  • Add them to a baking sheet.
  • Toss with Everything Bagel Seasoning
  • Roast in the oven for 20 mins.
  • Salt & pepper to taste.
  • Serve warm with turnip greens.
Keyword greens, soup, winter