Learn the Basics of Preparing and Cooking Rutabaga with These Three Delicious Recipes!

Here are three recipes for preparing rutabaga. The rutabaga vegetable is inexpensive, versatile, and tasty. Here I will demonstrate how to prepare rutabaga in three different ways: roasted, boiled, and mashed.

Roasted Rutabaga in a white dish on marble background. Top view.

Define Rutabaga.

Cabbage and turnips are the parents of the rutabaga. It's a big, spherical root veggie with a yellow interior.

Northern Europeans have been eating rutabaga for centuries. There are many different names for this vegetable, depending on where you live: swede, Swedish turnip, yellow turnip, neep, and snagger.

Rutabaga vegetable root.

Rotifer's Head

I'm curious: how does rutabaga taste?

Crunchy and surprisingly mild, raw rutabaga is a great addition to any salad. Once cooked, rutabaga takes on a strong turnip flavor. I find that roasted rutabaga has a mild turnip flavor, which makes me think of roasted cauliflower. Rutabaga has a savory-sweet flavor with hints of bitterness.

Recipes for Rutabaga

This odd-looking vegetable delivers both as a low-carb alternative to potatoes and as a hearty side dish for Thanksgiving.

You can eat rutabaga either cooked or raw. Raw rutabaga is delicious in salads and as a snack.

The cooked root vegetable pairs well with a variety of proteins. It goes great in salads and grain and vegetable bowls. It's great for seasoning soups and stews.

Roasted rutabaga on a baking dish.

Preparing Rutabaga for the Stovetop

While it may look strange, rutabaga is actually quite simple to work with. How to properly prepare rutabaga for cooking is covered below.

Taking the Wax Off a Rutabaga

The rutabaga you bought from the store or the farmers market was probably coated in wax. Even though it's not necessary, you can save time peeling rutabaga by removing the wax first.

A rutabaga's wax can be easily removed in the following ways:

  1. Submerge the rutabagas in boiling water;
  2. let it sit out in the sun for a minute to soften the wax;
  3. Remove the wax with the blade-side down of a knife;
  4. Wash the rutabaga and dry it off with a paper towel.

When preparing rutabaga, is it necessary to peel it?

It's possible that the skin of a rutabaga, while still edible, would have a more intense flavor. Furthermore, rutabaga purchased from a supermarket is likely to be coated in wax. The skin of bigger rutabagas is tough and easily damaged. As a result, I always peel my vegetables first before preparing them.

Methods for Preparing Rutabagas for Cooking

Even though it's a dense vegetable, rutabaga is surprisingly simple to prepare.

After peeling the rutabaga, give it a good wash in running water to remove any wax residue you may have missed. Clean it with a paper towel before roasting.

Peeled rutabaga.

Rutabagas, peeled

The rutabaga must be peeled before being sliced, and large pieces should not be removed. You can forget about successfully halving that vegetable without your knife getting stuck. Alternately, cut thin slices from the outside in, and then shape them as needed.

Tips for Cooking with Rutabaga

Because of its high water content, rutabaga needs a considerable amount of time in the oven before it is edible. Cut the rutabaga into small enough pieces before cooking if you want it ready in a reasonable amount of time:

  • Prepare roasted rutabaga by slicing it into cubes no bigger than a third of an inch;
  • In order to prepare it for other cooking methods, such as boiling or stewing, cut it into slices that are three quarters of an inch thick.

Three Easy Ways to Prepare Rutabaga

In addition to its raw state, rutabaga can be prepared in a variety of other ways. Here are three easy ways to begin regularly preparing this underappreciated vegetable.

First Method: Roasted Cabbage

The rutabaga is roasted until it is perfectly caramelized and has a wonderful flavor. It's simple to prepare, and it can be served in the same way as other roasted root vegetables.

Roasted rutabaga in a white dish.

Rutabagas in a Roasting Oven


  • 2 kilos (1 large) rutabagas.
  • The equivalent of 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons of honey
  • 12 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • In order to enhance flavor, salt
  • 1/4 cup apple juice vinegar


  1. Cut the rutabaga into cubes no larger than a third of an inch (photo 1) to roast it.
  2. Put the rutabaga cubes into a bowl. Mix in the garlic powder, salt, garlic powder, and maple syrup. To ensure an even coating of oil on the rutabaga, combine the two (photo 2).
  3. To bake the rutabaga, place it on a baking sheet and into the oven. To ensure the rutabaga is fully baked, bake it at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for about 45 minutes. During cooking, stir it once or twice (picture 3).
  4. Just before serving, remove the rutabaga from the oven and drizzle with apple cider vinegar (picture 4).
Step by Step photo collage of roasted rutabaga.

Rutabaga Roasting Instructions

Secondly, Rutabagas are boiled.

Boiled rutabaga has a velvety texture and a pleasant flavor. To make it even tastier, drizzle on some olive oil or melt some butter, and sprinkle on some freshly ground black pepper.

Boiled rutabaga in a white dish. Seasoned with ground black pepper.

Veggies with Rutabaga


  • 1 big (about 2 pound) rutabaga
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Exactly two sprigs of thyme
  • add some salt to your taste
  • 2 Tablespoons butter or oil
  • ground black pepper that has just been freshly ground


  1. Peel the rutabaga and cut it into cubes about 3/4 inches on a side (photo 1).
  2. Put the rutabaga in a pot and fill it halfway with water. Water is needed to allow the rutabaga to boil because it floats. Coat with thyme and bay leaves (picture 2)
  3. Get the water boiling. Fork-tender rutabagas can be achieved by decreasing the heat, covering the pan, and waiting 20 to 25 minutes. Get rid of the water very carefully. Take out the thyme and bay leaf (photo 3)
  4. Serve rutabaga with olive oil or melted butter and a heavy grinding of black pepper (photo 4).
Step by step photo collage of boiled rutabaga.

What You Need to Know About Boiling Rutabagas

Third Method: Rutabaga Mash

You can replace mashed potatoes with this rutabaga mash and still keep your carb intake low. You can serve it as-is or amp up the richness by adding olive oil, butter, cream, or sour cream.

Mashed rutabaga in a white dish.

Rutabaga purée


  • 1 big (about 2 pound) rutabaga
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 sprigs of thyme
  • Just enough salt to taste
  • Two tablespoons of butter, or olive oil, melted


  1. Starting with peeled and cubed rutabagas that are 3/4 inches in size (photo 1), you can make mashed rutabaga.
  2. Add water to a pot, then add the rutabaga. Since rutabaga floats in water, be sure to include enough liquid to bring the root vegetable to a boil. Put in the thyme and bay leaf. Start a boil in the pot. To cook rutabaga until it is fork-tender, lower the heat, cover it, and wait 20–25 minutes. (photo 2)
  3. Remove the water very carefully. Take out the bay leaf and thyme For a chunkier consistency, use a potato masher; for a smoother consistency, an immersion blender or food processor can be used (photo 3).
  4. Just before serving, drizzle with some olive oil or warm butter (photo 4).
Step by step photo collage of mashed rutabaga.

Prepare Rutabaga for Mashing

It Is Your Turn Now

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  • 1 large (2-pound) rutabaga
  • 2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil
  • 2 teaspoons of honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • season with salt
  • Apple cider vinegar, 1 tablespoon
  • About 2 pounds (1 kilogram) of rutabaga.
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2-sprigs of thyme
  • The perfect amount of salt
  • 2 Tablespoons of butter or oil
  • The ground form of black pepper
  • 1/2 of a medium rutabaga (about 1 pound)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Add 2 sprigs of thyme
  • season to taste with salt
  • 1 stick of butter or 2 tablespoons of olive oil

First, get the oven ready by setting the temperature to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Cube the rutabaga to a size of a third of an inch.

Toss the sliced rutabaga in a bowl. Toss in some olive oil, maple syrup, garlic powder, and salt. Be sure the rutabaga is evenly coated with oil by mixing. Place on a baking sheet and bake. Create a single layer of rutabaga. Put the baking sheet in the oven now that it has been preheated.

Third, bake rutabagas for 45 minutes, or until tender. Stir it up once or twice while it's cooking.

After baking, remove the rutabaga and season with apple cider vinegar.

Rutabagas that have been cooked in water

First, you'll need to peel the rutabaga and dice it into 3/4-inch pieces. 2 Add water to a pot, then add the rutabaga. Due to the fact that rutabaga floats in water, adequate amounts of water must be added in order to bring the rutabaga to a boil. Throw in some thyme and bay leaves, please. 3 Get the water boiling. Twenty-five minutes later, when the rutabaga can be easily pierced with a fork, turn the heat down to low and cook covered. Put the plug in the drain and slowly let the water drain Take out the thyme and bay leaf.

To serve, toss rutabaga with olive oil or melted butter and a healthy pinch of black pepper.

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