Roasted turnips might just be one of my new favorite discoveries while eating low carb! They’re subtly sweet, oh so creamy, and they make the perfect side dish for breakfast or dinner!
I’ve been on a big radish kick lately since those are such a great replacement for potatoes, but I think I was beginning to burn out my family.
I switched things up and started playing around with turnips.
To be honest, we’d never eaten turnips before recently so these were totally new to us and I’m happy to report: They’re a hit!
I busted out the air fryer for this recipe, because I love how quickly it cooks things and how easy it is to use without heating up the whole oven/kitchen, but I’m also including instructions for roasting turnips in the oven below. Check the recipe card for details!
How to make roasted turnips in the air fryer:
To start, you’ll want to grab a couple of turnips. I like to peel mine before cooking, but it’s not strictly necessary.
Dice the turnips up into small chunks.
I’m keeping these roasted turnips nice and simple and just tossing them in a little oil and seasoning. You can add whatever seasonings you like though.
I use avocado oil (affiliate link), because it’s a nice neutral oil, great at high temperatures, and it’s keto-friendly.
I seasoned the turnips with paprika, salt, and pepper. Super simple, but feel free to play with the spices to suit your tastes.
Toss the turnips in your preheated air fryer and cook for about 10 minutes. Shake the basket halfway through cooking.
They come out all roasted on the outside and super creamy on the inside.
Serve these turnips alongside my baked cod or one of my shrimp recipes!
How to roast turnips in the oven:
The same method applies as above.
Season up your turnips, but place them on a baking sheet instead of in an air fryer.
Roast at 450 degrees for 20-25 minutes.
They get so soft and creamy and delicious.
What do turnips taste like:
Turnips have a bad rep of being bitter. And yes, they definitely can be bitter – the larger and more old a turnip is, the more bitter it will taste. Choose turnips that are about the size of a tennis ball.
Roasting them like this helps bring out the natural sweetness.
Are turnips good for a low carb or keto diet?
Turnips are perfect for a low carb or keto diet!
1 medium turnip has 8 grams of carbs and 2.2 grams of fiber, making one whole turnip just 5.8 net carbs.
They’re also a good source of Vitamin C!
What air fryer do you recommend?
I only have experience with one brand/model of air fryer, but I’m very happy with it and it has amazing reviews on Amazon, which is why I purchased it.
I use the OMORC Air Fryer XL. It’s 5.8 quarts which means that it’s large enough to hold plenty of food. Some of those air fryers are tiny (which is fine for small households!), but I wanted a bigger one for my family of four.
It’s dishwasher safe, too. Always a win in my book.
More low carb side dish recipes:
Cauliflower Casserole: You won’t miss the potatoes with this one!
Brussels Sprouts with Bacon: Bacon really does make everything better!
Broccoli Salad: If you love cheddar, bacon, and ranch you really have to try this!
Coleslaw: This is my mama’s famous recipe!
Broccoli Casserole: The cheesiest!
Roasted Turnips (Air Fryer or Oven Recipe)
- 4 medium turnips
- 2 teaspoons avocado oil
- 1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 teaspoon cracked pepper
- 2 teaspoons minced parsley
- Preheat the air fryer to 390 degrees or the oven to 450 degrees.
- Peel and dice the turnips and place them in a medium mixing bowl.
- Add the avocado oil, paprika, sea salt, and pepper to the bowl and toss to coat.
- Spread the turnips in an even layer in the air fryer basket or on a large baking sheet.
- Air fry for 10 minutes, shaking the basket once halfway through cooking. Alternately, bake for 20-25 minutes or until the turnips are as soft and browned as you'd like.
- Sprinkle with parsley just before serving.
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