Turnips are a versatile and nutritious root vegetable that often get overlooked in the kitchen. However, with their subtly sweet and slightly peppery flavor, turnips can be a delightful addition to your meals. In this article, I will instruct you how to cook turnips on the stove and in the oven.

1. Best Way To Cook and Eat Turnips?

Before we dive into the cooking methods, let’s understand the best way to prepare and enjoy turnips. Turnips can be consumed in various ways, from raw to cooked, and each method offers a unique culinary experience:

Raw: Raw turnips can add a delightful crunch to salads and slaws. Simply peel and slice them thinly to enjoy their mild, slightly peppery taste.

Boiled: Boiling turnips softens their texture while preserving their flavor. You can then mash or puree them for a classic turnip dish.

Roasted: Roasting turnips enhances their natural sweetness and creates a crispy exterior, making them a great side dish.

Sautéed: Sautéed turnips develop a golden-brown color and a caramelized taste, which pairs well with various herbs and seasonings.

However, in my opinion, boiling and roasting are the two best ways to cook and eat  turnips

2. How To Prepare Turnips

Wash turnips thoroughly under running water while scrubbing with a vegetable brush to remove any dirt.

Using a paring knife or vegetable peeler, remove the outer skin which may be tougher. Try to peel thinly to avoid wasting flesh.

If the skin looks thin, tender, and undamaged, you can leave it on for roasted or boiled whole baby turnips.

Depending on your recipe, you can choose to slice, dice, cube, or julienne the turnips. Now, your turnips are ready to be used in your recipe

2. How To Cook Turnips on Stove


  • 4 medium-sized turnips, peeled and cubed
  • Water
  • Salt to taste
  • Optional: butter or herbs for added flavor


Place the cubed turnips in a large pot and add enough water to cover them completely.

Add a generous pinch of salt to the water, which will enhance the turnips’ natural flavors.

Bring the water to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce to a simmer.

Allow the turnips to cook for approximately 15-20 minutes or until they are tender when pierced with a fork.

Drain the turnips and return them to the pot.

Optional: Add a pat of butter or sprinkle with your choice of herbs for added flavor. Toss gently to coat.

Serve hot and enjoy your perfectly boiled turnips!. You also mash or puree them if desired

3. How To Cook Turnips in Oven


  • 6 medium-sized turnips, peeled and cubed
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional: herbs (such as rosemary or thyme) for added flavor


Preheat your oven to 425°F (220°C) and position the rack in the middle.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the turnip cubes with olive oil, ensuring they are evenly coated. Then season with salt, pepper, and any optional herbs you prefer.

Next, spread the coated turnip cubes on a baking sheet in a single layer, allowing some space between them for even roasting.

Place the baking sheet in the preheated oven and roast for 25-30 minutes, or until the turnips are golden brown and tender, turning them halfway through for even cooking.

Remove from the oven and let them cool slightly before serving.

Now, you know how to cook turnips properly at home. The next time you see fresh turnips, give boiling or roasting a try. With the right cooking methods, you’ll discover just how tasty turnips can be.

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Julia Jane is a home cook inspired by her mother's cooking. With the desire to share my cooking experiences with everyone, she created this website

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