The Best Way to Cook Turnips (Naturally Gluten-Free)

Recipe for cooking fresh turnips

Turnips seem to be one of those things you love or hate. Personally, I love them! Over the years I have discovered the best way to cook turnips, and… They are naturally gluten-free!

I’m not going to get into all the health benefits, however, if you do some research, you’ll quickly discover that this fall root vegetable really is nutritious.

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Recently, one of our neighbors supplied my parents and me with a bag of fresh turnips. Now I have to admit that I haven’t had them in years, so this was an exceptional gift and gift!

It is interesting that some people enjoy cutting and eating raw turnips in salads, while others enjoy roasting them in the oven. I, on the other hand, like to cook mine on the stove. Let me show you how I make them and the secret that makes all the difference!

Speaking of secrets… check out The Secret of Fluffy Baked Potatoes!

Fresh turnips

Step 1

Well, the first step is pretty obvious. Cut the leafy greens and then remove the dirt by rinsing the turnips with cold water.

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Turnips ready to cut and cook

Step 2

The second step is to peel the turnips, just as you would with potatoes. Because the skins are super tender, you can easily use a knife to peel, however, I like to use a vegetable peeler because I think it is a faster and safer method.

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Step 3

The next step is to cut the turnips into pieces. You can make them any size you want. Personally, I like mine a bit in the larger size, however, smaller pieces tend to cook a little faster.

NOTE: It is important to use a large saucepan. (I’ll explain why later!)

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Step 4

Next, add water and some salt to the pan and cook until soft and tender.

Boiled turnips


Cooking time depends on the size of your pieces and how many turnips you are cooking. Usually, the time frame is about the same as when cooking potatoes.

Baking soda that goes into cooked turnips

Step 5

Now, here is the secret to remove bitterness from turnips; Lower the temperature of the burner and add some baking soda to the pan. (The amount depends on how many you cook.)

Baking soda in cooked turnips


It’s important to note that when baking soda hits the hot water starts to bubble and foam, and that’s a good thing. Baking soda helps eliminate bitterness. Stir for a couple of minutes, then pour the pan of turnips into a strainer and allow the water to drain.

Rinsed cooked turnips

Step 6

Next, rinse with warm water to remove excess baking soda. I also rinse the saucepan to remove any residue. Replace the rinsed turnips in the saucepan.

Butter in cooked turnips

Step 7

Put the pan back on the stove and add butter (I use salted butter) and some granulated sugar. Because you want butter and sugar to melt in turnips, you may need to reheat them over medium-low heat for just a couple of minutes.

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Freshly cooked turnips

Step 8

Finally, now is the time to crush them if you want them creamy as mashed potatoes or you can serve them as is. I personally like them to be left thick, but they are certainly delicious either way.

Bowl full of cooked turnips

Ready to serve


truly believe this is the best way to cook turnips and I love the fact that they are naturally gluten free! That makes them even better and a perfect accompaniment for the next vacation.


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