Glazed Turnips


Prep time: 
30 minutes


This recipe brings out the roasted sweetness of turnips, with a boost of sugar to help them caramelise along.


  • 1 bunch of turnips or 5 to 10 loose ones
  • 350ml water
  • 20g unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon castor sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  • If your turnips come with green tops, trim them off, leaving about 3cm of the stalk. You can cook the leaves separately. 
  • Peel, halve or quarter your turnips to get pieces of similar sizes. Arrange the turnips in a single layer in a large skillet packed close together.
  • Add the water so that it reaches about halfway up the turnips. Add the sugar, butter and salt and bring to a boil, covered, over moderately high heat. Cook for about 10 minutes, stirring occassionally. Uncover the turnips, and keep cooking for another 8 minutes, until the water has evaporated and the turnips are tender.  
  • Once the liquid has reduced, saute the turnips in the butter mixure for another 5 minutes, until they are golden brown. Add up to 3 tablesppons of water, if needed, to coat the turnips evenly with the glaze. 


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