Garlic Turmeric Crispy Parsnip Fries

  Jan 8, 2019  |  #baby led weaning

These Garlic Turmeric Crispy Parsnip Fries are the perfect “fry” shape and sprinkled with cheese and herbs. An easy parsnip recipe for the whole family and a quick side to any meal.

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Original Recipe: November 2016 // Updated September 2019

Are you excited to learn how to make some crispy parsnip fries today? Because that’s what we’ve got going on over here.

I can’t keep these roasted parsnip chips to myself any longer, they are just so good I have to share.

We’re starting with this perfect roasted parsnips recipe because they are absolutely delicious and so so easy. They are almost like vegetable sticks, which can be perfect for babies and adults alike.

Because of their vegetable stick shape, they are great parsnip recipe baby food, fabulous for introducing baby led weaning.

What are Parsnips?

Parsnips are a root vegetable in the carrot family, but are slightly sweeter than carrots.

Parsnips are a starchy vegetable, similar to potatoes.

They have a nutty flavor but are pleasantly sweet when roasted. 

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The Best Roasted Parsnips Recipe

Like carrots, roasting parsnips helps bring out a sweeter flavor and caramelization.

I remember learning about this in grad school – the dry heat from the oven helps caramelize the natural sugars in vegetables. Hence, more concentrated flavor.

This turmeric parsnip fries recipe is very addicting. And when I say addicting, I mean I couldn’t stop myself from eating them during the recipe shoot.

Crispy on the outside, but soft and starchy on the inside. The best crispy parsnips. 

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While I love a good crispy serving of parsnip chips, they lack the soft, starchy inside that these roasted parsnip fries offer. 

Who knew tasty parsnip recipes could be so easy?

Health Benefits of Parsnips

Parsnips are high in fiber, Vitamin C, B Vitamins, manganese, magnesium potassium and calcium.

Research has shown that they have immunity, anti-inflammatory, and possibly anti-cancer properties as well, likely due to their antioxidant and micronutrient content.

By adding turmeric to these healthy vegetable fries, we’re upping the anti-inflammatory content. Turmeric also has anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties.

We’re always looking for turmeric vegetable recipes and this is a great one. 

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How To Choose Parsnips For This Parsnip Fries Recipe

If you like very fibrous parsnips, go for the larger ones. However, I typically choose small to medium-sized parsnips.

When I’m thinking about cooking parsnips, I don’t want the extra work of cutting and/or peeling more.

Also, make sure to choose firm ones, rather than limp or shriveled parsnips at the store to get all of the parsnip benefits. 

If you’re shopping at a farmer’s market or buying local food, you will probably have an easier time finding firmer, better quality parsnips. 

When Are Parsnips in Season?

Typically, September through March. We tend to eat alot of them in November.

They are a great winter vegetable to use because of their higher starch content, making them perfect for your healthy comfort dishes.

Along with my Maple Balsamic Roasted Vegetables and Sweet Potato Mac and Cheese, the best parsnip recipe is one of my “cold weather” go-to’s.

Plus, these oven roasted parsnips make for great, healthy side options for Thanksgiving or other holiday get-togethers. 

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How to Get Crispy Roast Parsnips

You no longer need to wonder how to roast parsnips. The key for how to make crispy parsnips is cooking them under higher heat for less amount of time.

I found the sweet spot to be about 15 minutes at 400 degrees.

Oh, and having a good roasting sheet – I love these because the silicone grippers make it easy to handle out of the hot oven.

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In my opinion, this is the best way to cook parsnips. 

Other Tips for Cooking Parsnips

Parsnips are a little starchy. Therefore, cooking them at higher temperatures for baked parsnips can help break down that starch faster and caramelize.

Do you peel parsnips?

You can choose to peel them if you like (if so, you may need a heavy-duty vegetable peeler).

According to BBC, “Young and small” parsnips don’t really need to be peeled. However, “older” parsnips should be peeled thinly.

Personally, as with most veggies, I prefer to leave the skin on. The skin is home to so many nutrients and I like the extra fiber it provides.

Just make sure to wash well (I like to use this spray on my fruits and veggies)!

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What Do Parsnips Taste Like?

Before I bought parnips for the first time, I’d just pass by them in the produce aisle. I wouldn’t give them a second thought, thinking I was intimidated by parsnips recipes. Not anymore!

Now, I can’t pass over a baked parsnip fries recipe. 

This was before I was into trying new produce items, which has obviously changed. And while I have an air fryer on my “want” list, these oven-roasted fries work just as well.

Modifications for Vegan and Dairy Free Parsnip Fries

I thought about various ways to season these guys and I think they all would be amazing. 

  • honey + ginger (honey roasted parsnips has a ring to it)
  • rosemary
  • garlic
  • thyme
  • tahini
  • paprika

I think I’ll just plan to make crispy roast parsnips every night with dinner for the rest of time because I don’t think I would tire of the abundance of flavors.

Need a vegan parsnip recipe or option (or a dairy-free option)? Nutritional yeast is a great substitution for the parmesan cheese!

It gives it a similar taste and texture, so you’re not missing out on these garlic roasted parsnips.

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For cooking parsnips, while I typically bake mine, you could also make grilled parsnips.

I bet they would be just as delicious, and a fun way to change the texture up slightly. 

For more roasted vegetable recipes, try my crispy turmeric baked cauliflower

What Should You Pair These Crispy Parsnips With?

My absolute favorite thing about this baked parsnip recipe is that it’s ready in 30 minutes because we’re cooking them at a higher temperature.

Personally, we love having them with our easy sweet potato turkey burgers, zucchini salmon patties, shrimp tacos, turkey apple burgers or roasted chickpea cauliflower pitas. 

For another fun side item, make these bacon wrapped sweet potatoes!

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Garlic Turmeric Crispy Parsnip Fries

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

These Garlic Turmeric Crispy Parsnip Fries are the perfect "fry" shape and sprinkled with cheese and herbs. An easy parsnip recipe for the whole family and a quick side to any meal.

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Slice parsnips in even slices and toss in small bowl with avocado oil. Add garlic and turmeric.
  3. Transfer parsnips to baking sheet. Sprinkle with sea salt and parmesan cheese and bake for 15 minutes.
  4. Take baking sheet out and carefully flip parsnips with a spatula. Sprinkle with more parmesan cheese. Return to oven and bake for 15 more minutes, until parsnips are evenly browned.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 250Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 207mgCarbohydrates: 29gFiber: 6gSugar: 8gProtein: 3g

 

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What are your go-to spices and seasonings?

Are you a parsnips fan?

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53 responses to “Garlic Turmeric Crispy Parsnip Fries

    1. They may lose some of their crispness. You could always reheat under the broiler if you like them crisp!

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