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Roast Parsnips Recipe with Salt and Pepper

Best parsnip recipes

Published: December 16, 2020 at 8:08 pm

Winter is time for this sweet, nutty root veg to shine. Try our top parsnip recipes, from salt and pepper parsnips to ghee-roasted root veg and parsnips with a crisp parmesan crust

Looking for roast parsnips recipes for your Sunday dinner side dish or as part of a stunning Christmas spread? Parsnips have remained an ever-popular root vegetable for their strong source of Vitamins C and K, as well as other benefits. Find out how to cook your parsnips to add a sweet, nutty edge to your meals. 


Try more sensational side dishes with our easy swede recipes and our best carrot recipes. Also check out our best Christmas dinner sides for sprouts, red cabbage, stuffing and plenty more.

Easy parsnip recipes

Parmesan parsnips

This is a unique way of cooking parsnips. The thin parsnip fries are tossed in Parmesan, polenta, English mustard powder and salt and fried until crisp. A delicious side for any meal but a must-have for your Christmas dinner spread. Discover more great Christmas side dishes

Roast Parsnips With Parmesan Crust Recipe

Parsnip and apple soup

Make the most of parsnip season by mixing with apples in this rich and creamy soup, served with crusty bread for a warming lunch or starter.

A grey bowl filled with creamy parsnip soup and topped with chopped chives

Parsnip curry

Sweet and earthy parsnips work brilliantly in this nourishing curry, served with basmati rice to make an easy vegan dinner.

An oval casserole dish filled with a slow cooked beef and parsnip stew with a side of mashed potato

Spiced parsnip soup

A velvety, root veg soup is ideal for a chilly evening when you want something quick, easy and filling. This parsnip number is spiced with garam masala and paprika.

Spiced Parsnip Soup Recipe

Whisky-and-maple-roasted parsnips

Take your parsnips up a notch with a boozy hit of whisky and the sweetness of maple syrup.

Maple Glazed Parsnips Recipe with Whisky

Creamy parsnip purée

This creamy parsnip purée makes a silky smooth side for your Christmas dinner. You need to add potatoes to this dish for it to emulsify into a smooth purée, but it still has a strong parsnip flavour.

Parsnip Purée Recipe

Roast parsnips with salt and pepper

Add a hot, peppery edge to your Christmas dinner with this easy side dish. It's super easy to make and requires minimum effort.

Roast Parsnips Recipe with Salt and Pepper

Carrot and parsnip soup

Whizzing the cream in at the end makes for a super-creamy soup. Enjoy this cosy, orange soup with a swirl of double cream and a hunk of buttered bread.

Carrot and parsnip soup

Parsnip and potato rösti

A twist on the classic potato rösti to use up leftover parsnips from the festive season. Serve this rösti alongside a roast or top with a poached egg for brunch.

Parsnip rosti in pan

Spiced shepherd's pie with parsnip mash

Make a healthier version of a family favourite. Shepherd's pie is made with lamb's mince and this easy recipe, is topped with a creamy parsnip mash. Good weekend comfort food.

Spiced Shepherd’s Pie With Parsnip Mash Recipe

Salt-dough parsnips with whipped sage butter

This simple salt-baked parsnip recipe is an impressive side dish for any occasion. With a crunchy crust and juicy centre, it very much becomes the main event of any meal.

Salt Crust Parsnips with Sage Butter

Carrot, parsnip and horseradish gratins

These root veg gratins make for great side dish to have alongside beef or lamb. Use fresh horseradish if possible as it has a fresher flavour than bottled.

Parsnip gratin in dish on plate

Ghee-roasted spiced parsnips and roots

These roasted roots make for a great gluten-free dinner party side. Ghee can be used in place of butter or oil in any recipe. It has a high smoke point, which means it can be used for roasting, frying or even deep-fat frying. This is an indulgent dish sure to wow at festive dinner parties. For more gluten-free classics, click here...

Roasted Vegetables Recipe with Ghee

Parsnip ribbon and hazelnut salad with honey dressing

A lovely, easy to put together veggie main course salad of parsnip ribbons with hazelnuts, apple and rocket in a honey dressing. Perfect for a tasty wintertime lunch or side dish.

Parsnip ribbon and hazelnut salad with honey dressing

Roasted parsnips and root vegetables with umami dressing

Add some extra flavour to your Christmas dinner side dish with the deep, savoury taste sensation of umami.

Roasted Root Vegetables Recipe With Umami

Creamed parsnips with kale

Cooked with cream and nutmeg, the combination of these two vitamin-rich veggies makes for an indulgent vegetarian side.

Kale With Parsnips And Cream Recipe

Caramelised parsnips and shallots

Frying, rather than roasting the parsnips and shallots makes this recipe really quick and a great method to use if you don’t have the oven switched on. The marmalade provides a lovely orange sweetness for the glaze.

Caramelised Parsnips Recipe with Shallots

Pork chops with maple parsnips

The best quick meal for two: just 5 ingredients is all you need. Pork chops, parsnips, maple syrup, mustard powder and olive oil - and on the table for a midweek meal in just 30 minutes.

Pork chops with maple parsnips

Parsnip fries with salsa verde

These parsnip fries with salsa verde are easy to make and work well as both a snack or side dish using the classic Christmas root vegetable. For more Mediterranean dinner party inspiration, click here...

Parsnip Fries Recipe with Easy Salsa Verde

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