This collection of Parsnip Recipes will inspire you to use it all fall and winter long! Recipes include parsnip soup, parsnip purée, roasted parsnips and more! You’ll also find handy info such as nutrition information, choosing and storing it, and how to cook parsnips!

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Parsnips have to be one of the most underrated vegetables out there, mostly because people simply haven’t been exposed to them.

I certainly hadn’t been exposed to them growing up. One day many years ago I watched an episode of Barefoot Contessa, which included Ina Garten preparing roasted root vegetables. One variety was parsnips, and I was intrigued to try them.

I tried roasted carrots and parsnips, and I was sold. I loved the parsnips even more than the carrots, and couldn’t wait to incorporate them in more of my recipes.

Now they’re a staple in my kitchen, and I use them in a variety of dishes such as parsnip purée and parsnip soup on a regular basis.

If you’re never tried them, or need some inspiration on how to use parsnips in some new, exciting ways, you’re in the right place! 🙂

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FAQs

What are parsnips?

Parsnips are root vegetables that belong in the flowering plant family Apiaceae, which also includes carrots, fennel and parsley.

What do parsnips look like?

Parsnips resemble white carrots, although they are generally larger and much more rustic looking. They have cream colored skin and flesh.

They vary in size from smaller with tapered ends like carrots, or they’re often very large with much smaller tapered bottoms.

Peeled parsnips on a cutting board

What do parsnips taste like?

The flavor of parsnips is even sweeter than carrots, and they have an earthy, woody flavor that really sets them apart.

Their flavor becomes even sweeter after they’ve been exposed to frost, so they’re readily available and at their peak in the fall and winter months.

Can you eat parsnips raw?

Yes, parsnips can be eaten raw. They have a crisp and crunchy texture similar to raw carrots and jicama. Larger parsnips have a tough, woody core that should be removed when eating them raw.

They should be scrubbed clean, then cut into sticks to be enjoyed in dips or sauce for a healthy snack. They may also be peeled into ribbons or grated and added to fresh salads and coleslaw.

Note that parsnips do brown quickly after they’ve been peeled and cut, so if you’re not using them right away it’s a good idea to soak them in lemon water until you’re ready to use them.

Do you peel parsnips?

While there is a large amount of nutrition just under the skin of parsnips, removing the peel will result in a smoother texture in your dishes.

The age and size of the parsnip(s) are also a factor:

Small, young parsnips have tender skin, so there’s no need to peel them.

Larger, older parsnips have tougher skin that lend an unpleasant texture, so it’s best to peel them.

Sliced and chopped parsnips on a cutting board

What are the benefits of parsnips?

Parsnips are very nutritious so they are a great a addition to a healthy diet. The nutrition information for one cup of sliced parsnips is roughly 100 calories, 24 grams carbohydrates, 7 grams of fiber and 6 grams of sugar.

They are an excellent source of potassium, Vitamins C and K and folate. They are also a good source of Vitamins B6, E and riboflavin, and minerals such as manganese, magnesium and phosphorus.

If you’re following a low carb diet, be sure to talk to your doctor to determine if parsnips are right for you.

Choosing and storing parsnips

Choose parsnips that are firm and heavy in size for their weight and free of discoloration.

Store unwashed parsnips in the refrigerator in a plastic bag or wrapped in a paper towel for up to 2 weeks. Once cooked, store them in the refrigerator and use within 3-5 days.

How to cook parsnips?

Parsnips are a very versatile root vegetable that can be treated the same way you would a potato or carrot. They can be air fried, roasted, boiled or mashed.

They make a wonderful side dish, they’re a delicious addition to soups and stews, and they’re even great used in muffins and cakes!

Parsnips in a wire basket lined with a linen

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Best Parsnip Recipes

I hope the following collection of parsnip recipes will inspire you to use this delicious root vegetable in a variety of ways. They’re wonderful in both sweet and savory dishes!

Parsnip soup in a bowl with thyme leaves

Parsnip Soup Recipe

Parsnip Soup is smooth and creamy with the flavors of sweet, woody parsnips, leeks, garlic and fresh thyme. It's so easy to make and it can be made vegan with one simple swap!
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Parsnip Shoestring Fries – Evergreen Kitchen

Did you know parsnips make delicious fries?! These oven baked fries are golden brown and seasoned to perfection. Parsnip fries make a tasty snack or side dish with a meal. They’re extra delicious served with dijon aioli for dipping.
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Easy Spatchcock Roast Chicken

Easy Spatchcock Roast Chicken is juicy, golden brown chicken over caramelized potatoes, carrots, parsnips and fennel. It's an easy one pot dinner that's ready in one hour!
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Parsnip puree in a white bowl with serving spoon digging in

Creamy Parsnip Puree Recipe

Parsnip Puree recipe is creamy, flavorful and will become your new favorite side dish!  It's lower carb than mashed potatoes, naturally gluten-free and is great with anything you're serving!
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Carrot and Parsnip Soup (Roasted and Mildly Spicy) – Knife and Soul

A simple recipe for a deliciously creamy and mildly spicy carrot and parsnip soup. With roast carrot and parsnips, coconut milk…
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Roasted root vegetables in a white serving bowl

Roasted Root Vegetables Recipe

Roasted Root Vegetables Recipe is an easy gluten free, vegan side dish. It's colorful, delicious and highly customizable with your favorite root veggies!
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Parsnip Gratin with Gruyere and Thyme

Simple & delicious Parsnip Gratin with Gruyere and Thyme, an earthy, subtly sweet holiday side-dish that will convert any parsnip skeptic!
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Autumn vegetable soup in a bowl with rosemary and parmesan on top

Autumn Vegetable Soup

Autumn Vegetable Soup is packed with chunky fall vegetables, creamy white beans, herbs and kale for a healthy meal prep lunch or dinner!
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Cheesy Parsnip Pasta

A creamy smoked cheese pasta with honey roasted parsnips and crispy sage! This is a flavorful, decadent winter pasta that can be made on a budget.
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Roasted Parsnips

These roasted parsnips are coated in garlic, olive oil and herbs, then cooked in the oven until golden brown and tender. An easy side dish!
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Parsnip and Apple Soup

Creamy parsnip and apple soup is perfect for fall! Sweet apples and earthy parsnips are delicious fall flavors. Ready in under an hour.
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Pan-Fried Carrot and Parsnip Recipe – Noshing With the Nolands

This Pan-Fried Carrot and Parsnip Recipe pairs gorgeously fried vegetables with lemon and dill to make a different and delicious side dish…
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Healthy Shepherd’s Pie | The Modern Proper

Healthy Shepherd’s Pie | The Modern Proper

While it’s true that this Whole30 shepherd’s pie is dairy-free, gluten-free, legume-less, and sugar free, much more importantly it just might be the tastiest thing you’ve ever made for dinner.
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Roasted Parsnip and Potato Soup

This Roasted Parsnip and Potato Soup has simple ingredients but a lot of flavor. It’s creamy but healthy and is one of our favorite ways to use those fresh fall parsnips. #roastedparsnips #potatosoup #recipes #healthy #soup
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Instant Pot Irish Beef Stew

Instant Pot Guinness Beef Stew includes tender chunks of beef, chunky vegetables and a rich, flavorful sauce spiked with Guinness stout! It cooks up in about 1 hour and it makes a great meal prep dinner!
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Roasted Parsnip Salad

A roasted parsnip salad with crunchy apple, and crispy pancetta all tossed together with some arugula dressed lightly in olive oil and lemon.
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Air Fryer Parsnips

Perfectly cooked and crispy parsnips all done in the air fryer. Coated in honey and mustard, these air fryer parsnips make a great side dish.
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Parsnip and Pear Soup

Roasted Pear and Parsnip Soup with Crispy Edamame covers all the cozy soup essentials. It’s thick and creamy, sweet and savoury, and loaded with good-for-you fibre.
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Roasted carrots and parsnips in a white bowl with spoon

Roasted Carrots and Parsnips

Roasted Carrots and Parsnips are tender, caramelized and roasted to perfection! This easy side dish is gluten free and vegan with minimal prep!
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Hearty Root Vegetable Soup

Cozy up with a hearty and healthy bowl of Root Vegetable Soup. It’s easy to make in one pan and ready in just 30 minutes. You’ll love all the texture in this chunky soup, too!
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Lemon, Poppy Seed and Parsnip Muffins

These Lemon, Poppy Seed and Parsnip muffins with lemon drizzle are delicious! The parsnip lends a lovely subtle earthy taste.
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Parsnip Loaf Cake

This Parsnip Loaf recipe makes a tasty, easy vegetable cake. Parsnip gives the 1-bowl bread a subtly nutty sweetness and lots of moisture.
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Parsnip Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Parsnip cake with cream cheese frosting is carrot cake’s cool older cousin. This low-key snack cake is quick to make and perfectly spiced.
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