Roasted Hakurei turnips

By Wendy Andresen | Jun 26, 2019
Photo by: Wendy Andresen

A reader who doesn’t like complicated recipes asked me for a quick and easy recipe, and I couldn’t help thinking about the adorable little Hakurei turnips that are fresh right now at the farmers’ market. I know, your mama never cooked them, you didn’t grow up with them, and they seem foreign to you. But you’re all grown up now, and it’s time you made your own decisions about such things.

In this recipe, the small turnips and their greens are seasoned and roasted together to enhance their sweetness. The turnips become tender and juicy, and the greens are crisp, similar to roasted kale. I like to use avocado oil for high-temperature roasting because of its high smoke point. For a comprehensive list of different types of cooking oils and their appropriate uses, check out this article from the Cleveland Clinic:


1 bunch Hakurei turnips with tops, about six turnips

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 Tbsp. avocado oil

1/2 tsp. seasoning mix, such as Mrs. Dash or Old Bay

Salt and pepper to taste

A pinch of red pepper flakes (optional)


1. Top a sheet pan with parchment paper and set your oven to 425 degrees. Of course you could use an oiled sheet pan, but then you’d have to wash it.

2. Remove the tops from the turnips and wash them thoroughly to remove any sand. Drain them well and then chop them coarsely.

3. Trim the ends off the turnips and wash them thoroughly, then quarter them.

4. Place the cut turnips and chopped greens on a dishtowel, gather up the edges, and toss them around a bit to dry them well.

5. Spread out the garlic, turnips and greens on the parchment and drizzle the oil over them, then add the seasoning mix and a light sprinkle of salt and pepper. Toss well with your scrupulously clean hands to distribute the oil and spices evenly.

6. Roast for 10 minutes, then turn and roast for another 10 minutes.

7. Give yourself a pat on the back for having an adventurous spirit and being willing to try new foods.

Comments (2)
Posted by: Judith H Olson | Jul 10, 2019 08:17

This recipe sounds awesome----thanks for publishing

Posted by: Lucinda Lang | Jun 27, 2019 09:52

Thank you, I love turnips and I will try this.  I wish I could buy prepared meals from you!

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