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How to Cook Turnips: The Ins and Outs of Cooking Turnips

By: The Editors of

Have you ever found yourself wondering how to go about cooking turnips?  Well this guide will ease your troubled mind.  Learn how to cook turnips the best way with our helpful tips, and then try out some of your new skills with one of our great turnip recipes!


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Turnips are a strange looking vegetable in their raw state and before you even begin cooking you may feel a bit lost.  Well don't be.  When prepared incorrectly, turnips can be very bitter and unpleasant, but if you know the right way to make them, then they are an amazing new vegetable that can add variety to your favorite dishes! Follow these following easy tips and you'll be on your way to becoming a turnip aficionado!


  • Look for turnips with smooth skin and a sweet aroma
  • The smaller turnips have a sweeter flavor and can be used in salads raw
  • Turnip greens are also popular to eat.  Make sure the greens are fresh looking when choosing your turnip
  • Clean turnips with a vegetable brush and cold water before cooking, unless baking, then no cleaning is necessary
  • Turnips can be baked, boiled, sauteed, steamed, or eaten raw
  • To avoid bitter flavor of turnip when boiling, boil one potato with your turnips.  It will take the bitterness away
  • Turnips are not very good as leftovers, so don't try to save them.  Eat fresh


Boiling Turnips


Want to try boiling your first turnip right now?  Use this great new recipe, Healthy Boiled Turnips, that is below.  If you want to find some healthy recipes for something to go with your newly cooked turnips, check out our large selection at Fave Diets!




  • Fresh turnips
  • Water
  • Seasonings
  • Butter substitute
  • Fat-Free milk
  1. Wash fresh turnips and cut off the unusable parts of the ends.
  2. Boil until soft enough to get a fork in and out easily.
  3. Remove from water and mash like potatoes.
  4. Add butter, milk, and seasonings if desired.
  5. Serve immediately while still hot.

Use in any soup for which you would use potatoes or parsnips. Matzoh ball soup and chicken soup are classics. Slice thin and fry in low fat oil for a stir fry. Radishes are awesome this way too. Use raw grated or cooked mashed turnip in place of similar prepped potatoes in pancakes.

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