Crispy Garlic Turmeric Parsnip Fries

  Jan 8, 2017  |  #Recipes

These flavorful Crispy Garlic Turmeric Parsnip Fries are a perfect side to your entree. Seasoned with garlic and turmeric, sprinkled with cheese and baked to crisp, you’ll want to eat these over and over again. 

Good morning friends! I hope you’re excited to learn how to make some crispy parsnip fries because that’s what we’ve got going on over here.

It’s been a little while since I’ve shared a recipe on the blog, and I’m psyched to share my first recipe of 2017. These crispy garlic turmeric parsnip fries are absolutely delicious and so so easy.

Crispy Parsnip Fries | Garlic Turmeric Baked Parsnip Fries

I developed a love for roasted parsnips during grad school. Prior to that, I don’t recall ever having them, or at least ever buying or proactively choosing to have them. I’d just pass by them in the produce aisle and not give them a second thought. This was before I was into trying new produce items, which has obviously changed.

Danggg, I was missing out. Like carrots, roasting helps bring out a sweeter flavor and caramelization. I remember learning about this in grad school – the dry heat from the oven helps caramelize the natural sugars in vegetables. Hence, more concentrated flavor. Having a good roasting sheet is key – I love these because the silicone grippers make it easy to handle out of the hot oven.

You can make these vegan and dairy-free, too

I thought about various ways to season these guys and I think they all would be amazing. Honey + ginger, rosemary + garlic + thyme, garlic + tahini, paprika, etc. I think I’ll just plan to roast parsnips every night for the rest of time because I don’t think I would tire of the abundance of flavors. And if you’re looking for a vegan option, or dairy-free option, nutritional yeast is a great substitution for the parmesan cheese!

Crispy Parsnip Fries | Garlic Turmeric Baked Parsnip Fries

I don’t want to forget to mention how cool parsnips are. They are pretty nutritionally awesome:

Fun Facts About Parsnips:

They are a root vegetable in the carrot family, but are slightly sweeter than carrots.

They are high in fiber, Vitamin C, B Vitamins, manganese, magnesium potassium and calcium.

Research has shown that they have anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and anti-cancer properties.

Do I need to remind you of the health benefits of turmeric? Turmeric also has anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. There is also some ongoing research about turmeric affecting the brain and having a positive effect on neurochemical reactions. Bottom line: It’s something we want to include in our diets.

Crispy Parsnip Fries | Garlic Turmeric Baked Parsnip Fries

So, why not sprinkle some turmeric on these?

You guysss…these are addicting. And when I say addicting, I mean I couldn’t stop myself from eating them during the recipe shoot. Nice and crispy on the outside, but soft and starchy on the inside.


Crispy Parsnip Fries

The key to the crisp is cooking them under higher heat for less amount of time. I found the sweet spot to be about 15 minute at 400 degrees.

Crispy Parsnip Fries | Garlic Turmeric Baked Parsnip Fries

5 from 3 votes
Roasted Turmeric Parsnip Fries
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
35 mins

These flavorful Crispy Garlic Turmeric Parsnip Fries are a perfect side to your entree. Seasoned with garlic and turmeric, sprinkled with cheese and baked to crisp, you'll want to eat these over and over again. 

Course: Appetizer, Side Dish, veggies
Cuisine: American
Servings: 3
Author: Sarah Schlichter, MPH, RDN
  • 3-4 large parsnips
  • ¼ cup avocado oil
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • sea salt, to taste
  • 2 tbsp grated parmesan cheese
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Slice parsnips in even slices and toss in small bowl with avocado oil. Add garlic and turmeric.
  3. Transfer parsnips to baking sheet. Sprinkle with sea salt and parmesan cheese and bake for 15 minutes.
  4. Take baking sheet out and carefully flip parsnips with a spatula. Sprinkle with more parmesan cheese. Return to oven and bake for 15 more minutes, until parsnips are evenly browned.

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Crispy Parsnip Fries | Garlic Turmeric Baked Parsnip Fries

Like turmeric? You may like these turmeric zucchini salmon patties!

salmon, turmeric, turmeric salmon patty

What are your go to spices and seasonings?

Are you a parsnips fan?

45 responses to “Crispy Garlic Turmeric Parsnip Fries

  1. Yesss! WHY are parsnips so easily forgotten?! Every time I have them I remember how delicious they are – and it seems everyone else says this same thing – but then I never ever buy them. I made parsnip fries once and just used my spiralizer to make parsnip noodles over the holiday and they were so good. Definitely using this spice blend to make me some friessss asap.

  2. I’ve heard so many good things about turmeric, and I did eat some turmeric oats earlier last year. They were pretty good!

    And parsnips are THE BEST!

    Tater is so cute out in the snow.

  3. These look GOOD. And easy! I’ve never had parsnips before but I’m a big turmeric fan (although not so much the yellow staining that gets on everything haha) but I’ll add this to my list of recipes to try!

    1. It really does color your hands but at least you know you’re getting some good nutrition! Parsnips are similar to baked carrots but people describe them as sweeter!

  4. I SEE the salt and Parmesan on these crisp little pieces of perfection and I am in awe. I never eat parsnips but I am actually serious when I say I will be picking them up next time I swing by the grocery store so I can try this recipe out!

  5. These look awesome! I had no idea Parsnips were so awesome for you–I’ll have to give them a try. I’ve had parsnip chips before but never roasted or fresh.
    My go to seasonings are usually onion powder, garlic powder, pepper, chili powder, and sometimes paprika.

  6. Oh my these look so yummy! I’m totally making this recipe and love that is uses avocado oil. Turmeric is so amazing for your body, I’ve recommended it for everything from relieving cramps to helping with memory problems and even detoxing fluoride. But recipes that use it can be hard to find. Love it!

  7. Just when I thought Tater couldn’t get any cuter, here she is with snow on her nose! <3 <3 <3

    I haven't eaten parsnip in such a long time so I really need to try these! I've only ever used parsnip in vegetable soup!

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