Have you ever found yourself wondering how to cook parsnips? Traditionally, they were boiled and mashed like a potatoes. But I think there’s a better way to do it! Let me show you how to roast parsnips in the oven and create a delicious side dish for the dinner table.Jump to Recipe
When it comes to cooking root vegetables, this recipe is one of my favorites. The flavor is light and the aroma from honey roasted parsnips will make your mouth water. Best of all, it’s simple and healthy.
Do You Have to Peel Parsnips Before Roasting?
Because parsnips aren’t necessarily common in the average kitchen, many people don’t know how to prepare parsnips for cooking! And the first thing they want to know is should they peel parsnips before roasting them?
It depends. If you grow your own (I highly recommend doing so), peeling isn’t necessary. Just give the long, white roots a scrub at the kitchen sink, trim the ends and away you go!
Want to learn how to store home grown parsnips so you can eat them all winter long? I show you how RIGHT HERE.
But if you buy parsnips from your local grocery store or purchase them directly from a commercial farmer, you may want to remove the peel. As with carrots, sprays can give the skin an “off” taste, and it’s probably in the best interests of your health to remove the outer peel.
Don’t worry! It’s not hard. If you have a peeler on hand and know how to peel a carrot, you’re prepared to deal with parsnip!
Do You Need to Core Parsnips Before Roasting?
If you purchase your parsnips at the grocery store, pull them from your garden in the fall or overwinter them in cold storage, it’s not necessary to core them before roasting.
The exception lies with gardeners who live in mild climates. Often, they choose to leave parsnips in the ground over winter and harvest roots winter-spring.
Like most root vegetables, parsnips are biennials and will go to seed during their second spring. The tap root sends up a round, center stalk that will form a blossom and later, a head of parsnip seeds.
Gardeners need to quickly use up parsnips in their second spring. If they form a seed stalk, the core will become very woody and tough. And while I wouldn’t recommend eating parsnips after they go to seed, you certainly would need to core them before eating!
Do You Have to Boil Parsnips Before Roasting?
Some recipes you’ll find online require you to boil parsnips before roasting. But it isn’t necessary. And in this recipe, it isn’t required!
In fact, I think parsnips roast better when they haven’t been boiled, simply because you don’t have to cook off all that extra moisture.
How to Chop Parsnips for Roasting
Do you want to know the key to quickly making roast parsnips? It’s all in the knife and cutting board!
The smaller you dice your parsnips, the faster they’ll roast in the oven. In general, I try to make my cubes 1/2″x1/2.” But if you want, you can go even smaller than that.
How to Make Oven Roasted Parsnips with Cinnamon and Honey
If you don’t roast your parsnips properly, they can be a bit soggy. And I don’t know about you, but I dislike soggy parsnips about as much as I dislike soggy home canned pickles!
Here are the secrets for creating firm and delicious roasted parsnips!
- Chop parsnips into small pieces.
- Don’t boil before roasting.
- Spread parsnips in a thin layer in large, 10×14 inch pan so they roast faster.
- Stir parsnips 2-3x while roasting to thoroughly coat in oil and honey.
- Be sure to add honey partway through the roasting process, so it has time to caramelize on parsnips.
Roasted Parsnips with Honey and Cinnamon
- 1 Cutting board
- a sharp knife
- 10×14 in baking sheet
- 4 cups diced parsnips, 1/2"x1/2" square
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1/4 cup raw honey
- dash of salt
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 400F.
- Scrub parsnips and peel, if desired.
- Chop parsnips into 1/2 inch by 1/2 inch squares, measuring as you go.
- Dump parsnips into a 10×14 inch baking pan.
- Measure out coconut oil and drop by the spoonful on top of parsnips.
- Pop parsnips into the hot oven and wait 2-3 minutes.
- Check to see if oil has melted and when it has, stir parsnips to thoroughly coat with oil.
- Return pan to oven and set your timer for 15 minutes.
- Let parsnips roast until timer goes.
- Stir to coat with oil once again.
- Measure honey and add to hot pan, where it can quickly melt.
- Stir parsnips to ensure they are coated with honey.
- Roast for 10 minutes, then stir once again.
- Set timer for another 10-15 minutes.
- Let parsnips roast until they are golden in color.
- Remove parsnips from oven and sprinkle tops with cinnamon and a dash of salt.
- Stir to incorporate cinnamon and salt.
- Serve hot as a side dish at the dinner table.