Sea Salt & Olive Oil Roasted Turnips (Rutabaga)

Delicious roasted turnips with sea salt and olive oil.
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These Sea Salt and olive Oil Roasted Turnips are an easy and simple turnip recipe, perfect for busy cold fall and winter nights when you don’t have time for a fussy recipe!

Sea Salt & Olive Oil Roasted Turnips in a plate with sunflower design

An Easy & Simple Turnip (Rutabaga) Recipe

First, the vegetable that I am actually using is technically called a rutabaga. Turnips are white fleshed with purple skin, and the rutabaga is brown/purple on the outside, yellow inside, larger, and sweeter than turnips. However, it’s common to call both turnips. Turnips can be bitter as well compared to the rutabaga, so most people eat rutabaga instead and call them turnips.

Am I the only one who always forgets about turnips? I honestly walk by them in the grocery store about every 19 trips out of 20, and then all of a sudden, I have this immense craving for them. Perhaps it’s because it’s fall, maybe it’s because it’s chilly, but I was craving turnips again the other day while grocery shopping. I brought one home, where it sat for a few days.

I then panicked, like I usually do, and rushed to use it up the other night. I wanted to try something a little nicer than steaming it – which is my usual method- and decided to take the time to chop the turnip up all nicely and then roast it.

close up plate with Roasted Turnips
Roasted Turnips Recipe

Tips & Tricks for Cooking Turnips / Rutabaga

  • You need to peel the turnips before you cook them. The skin is callous and doesn’t cook up nicely.
  • Like in this recipe, the best way to cook turnips is to roast them. Our mom used to boil them like potatoes, and while I do enjoy them that way, roasting turnips brings out the sweetness of this root vegetable and gives it a great flavor.
  • My Dad has been known to eat these raw, but I prefer to cook them. You can eat them raw if desired.
  • You can pair turnips or rutabaga with brown sugar to enhance the sweetness and any spice that goes well with sweeter root vegetables, like ginger, cinnamon, or allspice. Red pepper flakes are also good with turnips!

Dinners to Pair Roasted Turnips With

These turnips aren’t fancy, and they’ren’t all jazzed up with crazy flavors. They are simple, delicious turnips. They’re easy and fast to make. They’re also what needs to be on your plate for dinner this fall!

Happy cooking!



Sea Salt & Olive Oil Roasted Turnips

Delicious roasted turnips with sea salt and olive oil.
5 from 40 votes
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Total Time
40 minutes
Side Dish
Karlynn Johnston


  • 1 turnip large
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1-2 teaspoons sea salt


  • Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Peel and cut the turnip into half inch cubes. Toss with salt and olive oil.
  • Place on a large baking sheet in a single layer and roast for 25-30 minutes, until fork tender.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

The sea salt is what makes these so good!

Nutrition Information

Serving: 4g, Calories: 70kcal, Carbohydrates: 1g, Fat: 7g, Sodium: 601mg, Potassium: 58mg, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin C: 6.4mg, Calcium: 9mg, Iron: 0.1mg

All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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Karlynn Johnston

I’m a busy mom of two, wife & cookbook author who loves creating fast, fresh meals for my little family on the Canadian prairies. Karlynn Facts: I'm allergic to broccoli. I've never met a cocktail that I didn't like. I would rather burn down my house than clean it. Most of all, I love helping YOU get dinner ready because there's nothing more important than connecting with our loved ones around the dinner table!

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  1. Ann says

    I’ve never had roasted turnips ,so today I tried this recipe and I loved them.5 stars

  2. Lorraine Murdoch says

    My husband loves turnip, any which way. I often boil them with carrots and mash with lots of butter and s&p. I can’t wait to try them roasted.

  3. Claudette Boyko says

    Rutabaga, is a cross between a cabbage and turnip which gives it a sweeter taste, turnip is much stronger taste. Either rutabaga or turnip is good in this recipe, yes they are 2 different flavours for sure

  4. Rachel says

    This recipe cook time is WAY off. I had to bake in the oven for an hour to get them fork tender.

  5. Gina Gilbert says

    You need to 1st figure out that turnips and rutabagas are two different things. What your cooking here are rutabagas not turnips.

  6. Mike Turnip Lover says

    Or toss with roasted walnut oil and some cubed pancetta to bring things to the next level.

  7. angela hammill says

    super yummy!! i make them for thanksgiving5 stars

    • Ann Schuenemann says

      Like you.. I bought the turnip.. & it sat… after a few days, I figured I’d better get to it.. this recipe looked easy enough.. I’m cooking for one here.. I roasted chunked zucchini with this.. in my toaster oven.. it came out really good tasting.. I used kosher salt instead of sea salt & I thought it was yummy.. served it with spaghetti in a light olive oil & garlic sauce.. lots of garlic! Not winter *104 as a matter of fact* but still a good supper5 stars

  8. Danielle Boyd says

    My husband HATES this actually “might” convert him!

    5 stars

    • The Kitchen Magpie says

      Well, if not, you can have it all lol!!

  9. Ladb says

    Where on your site do I find the method/recipe for the roasted turnip?

    • RedMtl says

      Ladb It’s on the page right above your comment asking for it. 

      5 stars

5 from 40 votes (34 ratings without comment)

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