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Pan-Fried Turnip Wedges

Look no further for a simple low carb side dish! These PAN-FRIED TURNIPS are quick, easy, and they go great with anything you’d traditionally serve with potatoes. 

white plate of fried turnip wedges next to a cast iron skillet

Ever had turnips before? 

I avoided them my entire life (picky kid who grew up to have picky kids of her own) until I started eating low carb.

I had to start branching out with veggies or we’d be stuck eating broccoli and salad every night of our lives. 

Enter the turnip! They’re low carb, keto-friendly, and easy to prepare. 

Do turnips taste like potatoes? 

Honestly, it depends on how you cook them!

Turnips cooked in my keto beef stew and keto zuppa toscana will usually fool people. It’s rare that someone recognizes they’re eating turnips in those recipes.

fried turnip slices

This recipe, however, will NOT produce a plate of fluffy potatoes that you can sit in front of your kids and fool them. Sorry, but I gotta be real with you. 😉

These are turnips. They taste like turnips. Don’t try to wish they were potatoes or you’ll be disappointed. Love them for being turnips and you just might find you like them!

How to cook turnips:

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sliced turnips

First off, you want to pick the right turnip for the job. Smaller turnips tend to be sweeter and larger turnips have a more robust flavor. I prefer the smaller turnips, but either work for this recipe depending on your preferences.

Peel the outer skin from the turnips and slice into wedges. 

Heat up a skillet and add in some ghee, coconut oil, or avocado oil (I buy avocado oil at Costco – much cheaper). I strongly prefer ghee – that rich buttery flavor takes these over the top! 

turnips in skillet

Ghee vs. Butter: Wondering why to use ghee instead of butter? Ghee is just butter than has been melted and separated. The milk solids are removed and you’re left with the liquid fat. It has a higher smoke point than regular butter and less lactose. We’re using it here because of the higher smoke point. 

Toss your turnips into the hot fat and cook until softened, stirring occasionally. We like these to get a little crisp on the outsides and soft on the insides.

Season with salt and pepper and sprinkle with fresh parsley or chives before serving. 

cooked turnips in a black cast iron skillet

Are turnips keto friendly? 

The short answer: YES!

A medium turnip has 8 carbs and 2.2 grams of fiber. 

They’re a good source of potassium, vitamin c, and other nutrients. 

plate of fried turnips with an old fork

What to serve with fried turnips: 

My pork tenderloin is the perfect dish for a low carb diet and goes great with a pile of turnip wedges!

This stuffed chicken breast would be great paired with turnips and a salad with homemade ranch dressing.

Keto meatloaf, turnips, and cauliflower mac and cheese would be a hit with my kids!

low carb turnip wedges in cast iron skillet

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A plate of food with a fork, with Turnip

Pan-Fried Turnip Wedges

Turnips are low in carbs and high in nutrients, making them a great little side dish.

Yield 4 servings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Peel the turnips and cut into wedges.
  2. Heat the ghee in a large heavy-bottomed skillet (such as cast iron) over medium heat.
  3. Add the turnips to the skillet and sprinkle with salt and pepper. 
  4. Let cook for 5-8 minutes or until the bottoms of the turnips are browned and crisp. Flip and continue cooking another 5-10 minutes or until the turnips are fork tender.
  5. Season with additional salt and pepper, as desired and sprinkle with chives.

Notes

Smaller turnips are milder and sweeter tasting. Larger turnips tend to get more bitter.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 81Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 16mgSodium: 92mgCarbohydrates: 6gNet Carbohydrates: 4gFiber: 2gSugar: 3gSugar Alcohols: 0gProtein: 1g

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10 thoughts on “Pan-Fried Turnip Wedges”

  1. My husband I made the fried turnips and just loved them. We had not eaten turnips in many years. My grandmother use to make them. Brought bake a lot of memories. We cook these weekly at my house. Thanks for the awesome recipes !!

    1. Karly Campbell

      So glad you enjoy them! Turnips seem to be much less popular than they were back when our grandparent’s were cooking for their families. I’m happy to bring them back! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Can anyone tell me what turnips taste like? I have added it to my list of vegetables to try along with brussell sprouts and radishes. Things I have tried to eat before but did not like the taste. Willing to try again to get more variety, will probably grate them and make a fritter!! Frying with help the taste along with lots of spices.

    1. Karly Campbell

      My favorite way to eat turnips is in a pot roast or a soup. They take on the flavor of the meat and taste a lot like a potato. On their own, they’re a bit peppery. The smaller ones are sweeter.

      1. Thanks so much! My first try will be with serving Shrimp Creole or Shrimp Delicate over the top. Will let you know after the weekend.

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