How to Cook Fresh Turnips

By Racheal Ambrose

Use turnips to add some flavor and nutrients to everyday dishes. Turnips work well in many different recipes, including stir-frys and salads. Properly cooking a turnip ensures that it tastes good. While boiling turnips, you can add various types of seasonings and flavorings to the water. For example, sprinkle a little brown sugar and a bit of butter in the boiling water to flavor the turnips.



Rinse turnip with water. Scrub off any dirt with your fingers. Peel off the outer layer of the turnip.

Lay the turnip on its side on cutting board. Cut off top and bottom ends of turnip. Throw the ends away. Slice the turnip in half, either with a horizontal or vertical cut. Cut the turnip halves into the sizes you need. For example, if you intend to mash the turnips, cut the vegetable into cubes.

Fill a saucepan 3/4 full of water, letting it come to a boil. Put the turnip pieces and any desired flavoring in the water. Boil until the pieces are soft. The amount of time it takes depends on the size of the turnip pieces.

Set a colander inside of a sink. Pour the turnips into the colander to drain water. Use the turnips as the recipe requires. For example, combine cooked turnips with cooked carrots for a side dish. Or, roast redskin potato quarters in an oven set for 400 degrees until they are tender. Pour olive oil, pepper and garlic powder onto the potatoes before cooking. Mix the cooked potatoes in a bowl with the drained cooked turnips and serve.


Wash the turnips and cut off the ends. Remove the outer layer of turnip. Cut turnip in half.

Hold half on the turnip against a grater. Set the grater over a bowl. Run the turnip up and down across the grater to shred.

Pour the oil into the wok and heat. Follow the stir-fry recipe you use for the order of ingredients. Add shredded chicken to the wok and cook for two minutes. Add in chopped garlic, onions, ginger or scallions. If using vegetables that take longer to cook, like broccoli or cauliflower, cook those next. Toss in 1/2 cup of turnips 30 seconds later. Move the turnips around the wok as they cook. Cook the turnips until they are tender. Remove the wok from heat and pour the ingredients over white rice.