How To Cook Irish Turnips

Turnip recipe

Another popular meal in Ireland is made from turnips. As Ireland has a wet climate it’s the perfect place for growing turnips which is popular in the farming industry.

Like potatoes the turnips are cheap to purchase, easy to make and can be added to a variety of meals.

Ingredients for cooking Irish turnips

  • Turnips – 1lb to serve 4 people
  • Butter – ¼ cup
  • Salt & black pepper

Preparing the turnips

First wash and peel the turnips.

Cut the turnips into small cubes.

Place the cubed turnips into a large pot of salted water and cook for approx 20 minutes or until tender.

When cooked drain the turnips.

Using a large frying pan melt the butter in the pan and then add the cubed turnips.

Cook the turnips for approx 5 – 10 minutes or until a golden color.

Once cook some people prefer to mash their turnips in the same way mashed potatoes are made and serve them in a large dish.

Ideas for using turnips in meals

The great thing about Irish turnips is not only how easily they’re cooked but also the variety of meals they can be added to. For most people turnips are usually added to a meal that includes potatoes, something like the bacon and cabbage recipe or even mashed potatoes.

Possibly one of the most common meals with Irish turnips is mashed potatoes, sausages and gravy but every Irish family have their own unique dish.

This article was first published on 05-01-2015 and last modified on 30-07-2017.

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Róisín Anraí

Róisín Anraí was born and raised in Ireland. She loves to travel in her spare time but also enjoys learning local history, telling ghost stories, and sharing her favorite Irish recipes. She has no problem telling stories with those who are willing to listen.

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