Crispy FriedTurnips

There isn’t much that frying doesn’t improve and these Crispy Fried Turnips are no exception.

I was casting about for some kind of appetizing vegetable side in the midst of our Canadian winter.

Root vegetables seem to abound at the grocery store. I am a big fan of roasted root vegetables but sometime you just want something a little different.

These turnips are cubed and pan fried until they are golden. A sprinkle of bread crumbs adds extra crispy texture.

Easy peasy!

I have become a big fan of ghee of late so I have taken to using it whenever I am frying something. It adds a bit deeper butter flavour but you can certainly use regular butter instead.

My bread crumbs were homemade and a bit finer than the store bought ones. Don’t use Panko- they will be too coarse for the size of the turnip cubes. Just the regular seasoned bread crumbs will be fine.

I was picking at these like a snack while I was working on other dishes in the kitchen and before I knew it they were pretty much gone! So…. I don’t have an recommendations or pictures to show you what I served them with!

That is probably a pretty good thumbs up for the recipe as it is!

Crispy fried turnips in cubes.

Fried Turnips

Crispy and tasty turnips.
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Course: Sides
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 12 mins
Total Time: 22 mins
Servings: 2 servings


  • Oven proof skillet


  • 4 small turnips (about 1lb)
  • 2 Tbsp ghee or regular butter
  • pinch of dried thyme Optional
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp bread crumbs


  • Peel and trim the ends of the turnip. Dice turnip into 1/2" cubes.
  • Melt the ghee or butter in an oven proof skillet on medium high heat. Add the thyme if using.
  • Add the turnips and allow to fry about 5 minutes without stirring. Stir then allow turnips to fry another 4 minutes or so.
  • Preheat the broiler while turnips are frying. Leave the rack in the mid oven position.
  • When turnips are tender through, sprinkle with salt and the bread crumbs.
  • Put skillet in oven with the broiler for a couple of minutes to allow the bread crumbs to crisp up.
  • Remove and serve immediately.


Calories: 205kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 38mg | Sodium: 737mg | Potassium: 253mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin C: 26mg | Calcium: 55mg | Iron: 1mg
Crispy FriedTurnips

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