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Golden Pan Roasted Parsnips

Add a unique spin to your Thanksgiving and Holiday table with this easy and flavorfully spiced, Golden Pan Roasted Parsnips recipe.

Golden Pan Roasted Parsnips in a bowl with a spoon by its side.

This Golden Pan Roasted Parsnips dish would be a tasty side dish on your Thanksgiving or holiday table. And, they can be made quickly on the stove while your pies and casseroles are baking.

But, you don’t have to save this recipe for the holidays only.

This recipe is so easy and so quick, you and your family can enjoy these Golden Pan Roasted Parsnips anytime you’d like to.

As I mentioned earlier, I cooked these Golden Pan Roasted Parsnips on the stove top. But, you can spice them with the spices I used and bake or air fry them as well – just skip the addition of coconut milk and go heavy on the oil/cooking spray. 
I have included suggestions for alternative cooking methods and times in the notes section of the recipe card below.

A flatlay of the ingredients to make Golden Pan Roasted Parsnips

This dish is a result of me trying to stop overlooking parsnips when I’m in the produce section.

Parsnips are a no-FODMAP food, which makes them an ideal food choice if you or someone you know has digestive sensitivities.

Parsnips are also pretty high in fiber as well as vitamins and minerals like potassium and manganese.

How to select parsnips?

Make sure you select parsnips that are smooth, and hard, They should be free of any soft spots and discolorations. And, it would be best if they weren’t sprouting anything funky either. 

Just make sure to scrub them under running water before using them or peel the outer skin off of them ~ like I did for this recipe.

How to eat parsnips?

Parsnips can be eaten raw or baked, fried, steamed, and sautéed stove top – like these Golden parsnips were.

Parsnips can be used as a thickener in soups and stews – or simply the star of soups and stews. Then can also be cooked, mashed and served like mashed potatoes.

Sautéing parsnips and spices to make Golden Pan Roasted Parsnips

My daughter and I love this Golden Pan Roasted Parsnips recipe so much that the first time I made these, they didn’t even make it onto a plate before they disappeared! 

Some of the reasons we love these Golden Pan Roasted Parsnips is because they are:

✔️ gluten-free,
✔️ so tasty,
✔️ so quick,
✔️ smell heavenly,
✔️ a nutritious and better-for-us recipe, and
✔️ made with only 10 ingredients!

What are the ingredients needed to make these Golden Pan Roasted Parsnips?

These 10 ingredients are:

  1. Parsnips,
  2. Oil,
  3. Yellow onion,
  4. Garlic,
  5. Ginger,
  6. Turmeric,
  7. Coriander,
  8. Smoked paprika,
  9. Cumin, and
  10. Coconut milk!

Make a meal with these Golden Pan Roasted Parsnips by combining them with:

• This Baked Fried Chicken and Asparagus Egg Salad for a weekend dinner,

• This Sweet Spicy Air Fryer Salmon and this Broccoli Peanut Salad for a light weeknight meal,

• Or, combine it with this Spicy Cauliflower Fig recipe, these Ginger Cardamom Carrots, this Broccoli Gratin, this Sautéed Apple Brussels Sprouts Salad, this Pineapple Casserole, these Turmeric Potatoes, and this Brussels Sprouts Kale Sauté with Cranberries & Walnuts for a tasty vegetarian thanksgiving meal!

By the way, veering off subject slightly, my mom just texted me to let me know that turmeric is in short supply in Sri Lanka and it is a hot item for smugglers!

Of course I had to find out more and sure enough, people are being arrested for smuggling turmeric into Sri Lanka! What? Of all the things???

According to this article, the Sri Lankan Government had banned any imports of turmeric to get a handle on the spread of the coronavirus. Cultivation of turmeric has increased immensely due to the ban, with large amounts of turmeric forecasted to be available in early 2021. But, what’s one to do until then?

Add a spicy spin to your Thanksgiving and Holiday table with these Golden Pan Roasted Parsnips

If you need some turmeric sent your way to make this Golden Pan Roasted Parsnips as well as several batches of curry and soup – drop me a line!

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Add a spicy spin to your Thanksgiving and Holiday table with these Golden Pan Roasted Parsnips

Golden Pan Roasted Parsnips

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Add a unique spin to your Thanksgiving and Holiday table with this easy and flavorfully spiced, Golden Pan Roasted Parsnips recipe.


  • 2 Parsnips - peeled and trimmed
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Yellow onion
  • 3 cloves Garlic
  • 1 large knob of Ginger (about 1 inch)
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric
  • 2 tsp Coriander
  • 1 tsp Smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin
  • a splash of Coconut milk to loosen up the bits and pieces on the pan
  • salt and pepper to taste and parsley for garnish


If you haven't already done so, peel and trim parsnips. Then chop them up like fries and set them aside.

Peel and chop the onion. Also peel and grate the garlic and ginger.*

Add oil to a pan and place it over medium heat

Add chopped onion and saute about 5 minutes.

Then add in the grated ginger and garlic and saute another 5 minutes, stirring often

Turn the heat up to the 3/4 heat mark and add in the parsnips, turmeric, coriander, smoked paprika, and cumin and pan roast for about 15 minutes or until parsnips are tender. Make sure to stir parsnips and spices often and use a splash of coconut milk to loosen any burnt bits on the pan.

Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Garnish with parsley and enjoy!


*You can chop the garlic and ginger for this recipe but grating them just helps spread their flavor around the parsnips even more.

FOR OVEN BAKING: If you choose to mix the oil, parsnips and spices together and bake them, then set oven to 425 degrees F and bake for 30 minutes, making sure to flip the parsnip fries over mid-bake. Then season with salt and pepper after they are done.

FOR AIR FRYING: After mixing all the ingredients together, add them to an air fryer set at 400 degrees and let air fry for 15 minutes. Season with salt and pepper when done.

Nutrition Information
Yield 4 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 123Total Fat 8gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 6gCholesterol 0mgSodium 82mgCarbohydrates 13gFiber 3gSugar 4gProtein 2g

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Karen (Back Road Journal)

Monday 30th of November 2020

Your taken parsnips and raised them to a much higher order with this recipe. I've pinned, thank you for sharing.


Thursday 19th of November 2020

These parsnips look incredible! I love how they caramelise. Yum!

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