These roasted, glazed parsnips are going to be your family’s new favorite vegetable. They have crispy caramelized edges and fluffy insides. The maple ginger glaze takes them over the top.
They’re sweet, spicy, tangy and so buttery. It’s the only non-dairy food our one year old is eating!
I especially love the way the warm ginger notes and cozy maple syrup round out the earthy spice of the roasted parsnips.
And as usual, I love to add a bit of spice to my recipes and tossed in some red pepper flakes for extra flare. Feel free to leave them out, or to add more to taste! Just don’t skip the flaky salt part. It adds a delicate crunch and really makes the flavors pop.
There’s no better way to enjoy a roasted parsnip than doused in this buttery, maple ginger glaze.
what do parsnips taste like?
Parsnips are such an underrated vegetable. They look like large white carrots but are much more complex. They have a distinctive earthy, spicy flavor with a starchy texture and a sweetness like a carrot.
Some say the flavor is reminiscent of anise, others say they’re sweet and nutty, while others adamantly claim the parsnip flavor is most like nutmeg. Clearly, they have a lot going on and you’ll just have to try them yourself.
As parsnips get bigger, they develop a fibrous woody core that needs to be removed. They can also get bitter and are best consumed when small, sweet and tender.
how to cook parsnips
Parsnips are typically cooked in stews, alongside potatoes and carrots. But my absolute favorite way to cook parsnips is roasted in the oven at a high temperature.
The sugars caramelize, the edges crisp up and the centers become fluffy and tender. Not only does it produce the most delicious results– it’s also the most hands off method!
You can steam or boil parsnips as well, but they won’t develop the best flavor (or the sweet caramelized edges). This roasted parsnip recipe is ideal.
do you peel parsnips before cooking?
While you don’t have to peel parsnips, I always do. For one, they look cleaner and more appealing. They also taste better.
The skin can be tough, bitter and earthy, especially if the parsnips are large. For very small young parsnips, you can scrub them really well and get away with leaving them unpeeled.
But peeling only takes a few minutes, so why not?
how to make roasted, glazed parsnips:
- peel parsnips then halve lengthwise (if large, quarter and remove the fibrous core)
- toss parsnips in olive oil, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes
- roast cut side down at 425°F for 25-30 minutes, or until crispy and caramelized
- toss in a buttery, maple ginger glaze
- enjoy immediately!
maple ginger glazed parsnips
These roasted parsnips have crispy caramelized edges and fluffy insides. They’re tossed in a buttery maple ginger glaze and for a sweet and spicy flavor.
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 40 minutes
- Total Time: 45 minutes
- Yield: 4- 6 servings
- Category: Side
- Method: Roast
- Cuisine: American
- 2 1/2 lbs small parsnips, peeled and halved
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes (more or less to taste)
- kosher salt
- freshly ground black pepper
- 2 tbsp butter
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 1” piece of fresh ginger, peeled and grated
- 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
- flaky salt, for sprinkling
- Preheat oven to 425°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil, then spread parsnips in an even layer. Drizzle with olive oil, season with red pepper flakes, salt and freshly ground black pepper, and toss to coat. Roast parsnips cut side down for 25- 30 minutes, or until caramelized and tender.
- Meanwhile, make the glaze. In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine butter, maple syrup and ginger. Cook until butter is melted, then remove from heat and stir in vinegar.
- To serve, drizzle glaze over parsnips and sprinkle with flaky salt.
- Parsnips can be roasted up to 3 hours ahead of time. Reheat at 350°F for 5 minutes, then toss with glaze before serving.
- Glazed parsnips will keep up for 4 days, covered in the refrigerator.
- Serving Size: 1/6 of recipe
- Calories: 247
- Sugar: 13g
- Sodium: 341mg
- Fat: 11g
- Saturated Fat: 3.5g
- Unsaturated Fat: 7g
- Trans Fat: 0.2g
- Carbohydrates: 37g
- Fiber: 6.9g
- Protein: 2.6g
- Cholesterol: 10mg
Keywords: roasted parsnips, glazed parsnips