Turnips are having a moment. The humble, oft-overlooked root is suddenly in high demand. Maybe you’re furiously playing “Animal Crossing: New Horizons” and are obsessing over its unpredictable “stalk market” where turnips are the hot commodity. Maybe you’re loading up your kitchen with all the healthy, nutritious produce you can get your hands on. Maybe a little of both.

But know that turnip’s time in the limelight is long overdue.

Texturally similar to potatoes and having a flavor with a slight kick somewhat reminiscent of a radish, they’re a refreshing and easy change of pace from your go-to veggies. Though they’re relatively thin skinned, if a recipe calls for peeled turnips, grab a fork and a peeler and you’re in business. For the gardeners and no-waste eaters out there, turnip greens are also edible and especially great sauteed with a little olive oil, garlic, salt, and pepper.

Best of all, while the adorable boar Daisy Mae’s pixelated turnips may depreciate in value in just a few days, IRL turnips keep well for several weeks when refrigerated in loosely wrapped plastic. 

Below find our favorite turnip recipes, and please give our kindest regards to that delightful Tom Nook and his extended family.

Turnip and Pear Purée


If you’re looking to up your side dish game, switch things up with this elegant purée. The sweetness of pear (which also happens to be another “Animal Crossing” consumable) complements the pepperiness of turnip to create a mouthwatering mash worthy of being any protein’s sidekick. Get our Turnip and Pear Purée recipe.

Momofuku Turnip Pickle


Venerable Momofuku guru David Chang is a vocal advocate for pickling turnips. Whether for the purposes of a healthy snack or to add a satisfyingly sweet and sour complement to a rich, meaty entree, you can’t go wrong. Get the Momofuku Turnip Pickle recipe

Glazed Poppy Seed Turnips


Fork tender and delicately seasoned with a poppy seed vinaigrette, this turnip dish makes for an ideal side any time of year, but particularly in winter. Get our Glazed Poppy Seed Turnips recipe.

Chinese Brisket and Turnip Stew

Chinese brisket and turnip stew recipe


Chu Hou paste takes turnips to another level in this hearty stew. Go the quick route with a Dutch oven or use your slow cooker if you have the time for even richer flavor. Get our Chinese Brisket and Turnip Stew recipe.

Potato-Turnip Latkes Fried in Duck Fat


Although duck fat makes these pancakes positively transcendent, any neutral oil is a perfectly acceptable method for getting them nice and crisp. Don’t forget the applesauce. Get our Potato-Turnip Latkes Fried in Duck Fat recipe.

Warm Quinoa Salad with Roasted Autumn Vegetables and Ginger-Scallion Dressing

This filling salad is a bounty of vegetables and grains. Don’t sleep on it when fall harvest rolls around and the farmers market is teeming with all of the essential ingredients at their absolute prime. Get our Warm Quinoa Salad with Roasted Autumn Vegetables and Ginger-Scallion Dressing recipe.

Related Reading: Why Roasting Makes Vegetables Taste Sweeter

Baked Turnip Fries

Everything tastes better fried, so why wouldn’t that rule extend to turnips? Grab your favorite seasoning blend and bust out that air fryer post haste. Get the Baked Turnip Fries recipe.

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David is a food and culture writer based in Los Angeles by way of New York City. His work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, CBS Local, Mashable, and Gawker.
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