Air fryer turnips are the perfect side to holiday meals. Turnip cubes are tossed with seasoning and a bit of oil and air fried to perfection. The recipe is as simple as 1,2 and 3 and suitable for a Vegan diet.
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About these easy Roast turnips in the air fryer
Like air fryer roast potatoes, air fryer roast carrots, air fryer green beans, and air fryer broccoli, I like to make many more air fryer roast vegetables all the time. Especially because it is super convenient and easy to serve as a side for roast dinners or holidays like Christmas and Thanksgiving.
The recipe is straightforward and as easy as 1,2 and 3. Peel and cube the turnips toss in seasoning and air fry to perfection.
For a festive feel, I like to roast the turnips and carrots together. Once air-fried or oven-roasted, toss them with honey/maple syrup and roast again. Honey-glazed Turnips and Carrots are ready in under 20 minutes on your Christmas table.
How to make Air fryer Turnips?
Prep the turnips – Wash, dry, top, tail, and peel the turnips into cubes.
Seasoning-Toss the turnips with salt, pepper, paprika, garlic powder, and oil.
Air fry-Transfer the turnips to the air fryer basket and air fry at 190C for 10 minutes or until tender.
Serve – Remove from the air fryer, garnish with herbs and serve.
Why should you try this Simply delicious Roasted turnip cubes recipe?
5 minutes Hands-on time – There is hardly any prep involved other than dicing the turnips. If you manage to buy store-bought diced turnips, then there is practically no hands-on time.
Make ahead for holidays – These air fryer roast turnips will keep well for up to 2 days in the refrigerator. Make them the previous day and reheat them in the air fryer just before serving.
Quick & Easy – Even if you are making this in the oven, the oven-roasted turnips are quick and easy. While the oven is heating up, you can prep the vegetable in the meanwhile.
Side Dish – This seasonal vegetable dish is delicious when served with Sunday roast or with your Thanksgiving / Christmas mains.
Healthy – Roasted turnips are a super healthy side dish that is low in carbs and loaded with fiber and Vitamin C.
Dietary needs – Vegan, Gluten-free, Dairy-free
Tips to make roast turnips
Cutting the turnips to equal sizes and thicknesses will ensure they all take the same time to cook.
To Boil or Not – I don’t see the need to boil the turnips before air frying or oven cooking.
Cooking time – I have provided the rough cooking time for the turnips purchased in season. Use this as a guide and cook your side.
Cooking method – Roast Turnips can be oven-roasted or air fried too. They will provide fantastic results, although the air fryer roast turnips will be ready sooner.
Do not overcrowd the air fryer basket– If necessary cook in two batches as the turnips can steam instead of roast.
How long do cooked turnips last in the fridge?
Store the cooled cooked turnips in an air-tight container and refrigerate them for up to 3 days. To reheat, place them back in the air fryer basket and heat thoroughly before serving.
How long do cooked turnips keep in the freezer?
Store the cooled cooked turnips in freezer-safe containers or plastic bags, label them and freeze for up to 3 months.
To thaw, defrost overnight in the fridge. Reheat thoroughly before serving.
Frequently asked questions
What are turnips?
Turnips are root vegetables like parsnips and swedes. They are white creamy in color with a hint of purple and belong to the cabbage family. Cooked turnips are generally soft and velvety like parsnips.
When are turnips in season?
Baby turnips are in season between June and July. The winter turnips are in peak season between October and February.
Do you have to peel the turnips before cooking?
It is normally not required to peel the baby turnips before cooking. However, winter turnips have thick and leathery skin, and they need to be peeled before cooking.
What do Turnips taste like?
Raw Baby turnips have a delicately sweet taste whereas winter turnips have a peppery and pungent taste. Cooked Turnips have a sweet, nutty, and earthy taste.
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Airfryer Roast Turnips recipe below
- 450 g turnips peeled and cut into bite sized pieces
- 2 tsp olive oil
- Salt to taste
- ½ tsp ground black pepper
- ¾ tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp smoked paprika
- 2 tsp butter optional
- 2 tsp parsley optional
- Prep the turnips – Wash, dry, top, tail, and peel the turnips into cubes.
- Seasoning-Toss the turnips with salt, pepper, garlic, paprika and oil.
- Air fry-Transfer the turnips to the air fryer basket and air fry at 190C for 8-10 minutes or until tender. Shake the basket in between.
- Serve – Remove from the air fryer, toss with butter, season to taste and garnish with herbs.
Honey glazed Turnips
- 450 g turnips
- 2 tsp olive oil
- ⅕ tsp ground black pepper
- ⅕ tsp ground thyme or sage
- salt to taste
- 2 tsp honey or maple syrup
- Toss the turnips with olive oil, salt, pepper, and herb.
- Air fry the turnips at 190C for 8-10 minutes Once it’s tender and roasted on the edges, glaze the turnips with honey or maple syrup.
- Air fry for another 3-4 minutes.
- Remove the honey-glazed turnips from the air fryer basket and season to taste. Use maple syrup if you are on a Vegan diet.