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Crispy Turnip Fries {Whole30, Paleo, Vegan, Keto}

Crispy and healthy, you’ll love these smoky Turnip Fries! There is so much flavor in these low carb turnip chips, that even picky family members will ask for seconds. Baked turnips make for wonderful healthy french fries and are an easy Whole30, paleo, vegan, or keto-friendly side dish.

A white plate with turnip fries topped with rosemary

Veggie fries, am I right? So easy, and a healthy way to get more veggies into the whining food holes of your family members.

As with Baked Butternut Squash Fries, Spicy Sweet Potato Fries, Air Fryer Zucchini Chips, and Air Fryer Fries, these turnip chips are delicious vehicles to make veggies sexy again. 

And these baked turnips are so good, that much like me running down a hill with a full bladder, you may pee a little bit. 

If you’re in the mood for something a little spicy, combine the awesomeness of Buffalo Chicken Fries but use these turnip fries as the base.

Turnip Fries Ingredients

  • Turnips
  • Avocado oil
  • Arrowroot powder
  • Seasonings – fresh rosemary, thyme, dried parsley, smoked paprika, garlic powder

turnips, olive oil, herbs, and other ingredients for making turnip fries

“What’s with the arrowroot powder” you might be asking yourself. To make homemade veggie fries crispier, a nice powdery coating of cornstarch works wonders.

But, if you have issues with corn, are on a Whole30 round, or follow a paleo diet, arrowroot powder is a great substitute. You can also use potato starch and get similar results, but the carb count will rise.

What Do Turnips Taste Like?

If a carrot, a potato, and a radish had a really wild night and produced a root vegetable offspring, it would be a turnip. They’re a little bit bland, with a tiny bit of spice (like a radish), and roasting brings out the natural sweetness that is masked if eaten raw.

When buying, you’ll want to choose smaller turnips over larger ones. Larger turnips tend to be a bit tougher and less sweet than their smaller counterparts.

Are Turnips Better For You Than Potatoes? Can You Eat Turnips on a Low Carb Diet?

“Better for you” is always moving target for each person, but if you’re on a low carb diet, turnips may be a better option for you. One turnip has 6g net carbs compared with 32g net carbs in a potato.

two turnips and a dish of thyme on a wooden board

How to Make Turnip Fries

*A detailed and printable recipe card is at the bottom of this post.

You’re going to start by cutting off the top and bottom of the turnip and peeling the tough outer skin. Then cut into matchsticks. Pro tip: the smaller the fries, the faster they’ll cook.

two photos with turnips and a knife of a cutting board

Add the turnips, arrowroot powder, and dried herbs and seasoning to a mixing bowl (this one is my favorite!) and toss until all the turnips are coated. Some people may use a plastic bag for this step, but it’s a good day whenever you can avoid single-use products. Drizzle in the avocado oil and stir to make sure everything is coated.

two mixing bowls showing the process of making turnip french fries

Add to your baking sheet and make sure the turnips are not touching each other. Give these lovely little veggie fries some space. If using fresh herbs add to the pan.

a baking tray covered with raw turnip chips and herbs

Bake for 20 minutes and then flip! Bake until the fries have reached your desired level of crispiness (about 10-15 more minutes).

Sprinkle finished turnip fries with kosher salt and if you’re smart and love yourself, dip them in a batch of Sweet Potato Fries Dipping Sauce. For a zesty and dairy-free sauce, try Cilantro Chimichurri.

Pro Tips/Recipe Notes

  • Do your best to cut the turnip fries into uniform sizes. This will result in even roasting.
  • Why aren’t my turnip fries crispy? If your fries aren’t crisping up, chances are your baking sheet was too crowded. Transfer half the fries to another baking sheet and pop back in the oven for about 5 minutes.

a plate with turnip fries and a dish of dipping sauce on a white board

Crispy Turnip Fries WEIGHT WATCHERS POINTS

One serving of Crispy Turnip Fries has 3 WW Freestyle SmartPoints.

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Crispy Turnip Fries {Whole30, Paleo, Vegan, Keto}
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 

Crispy and healthy, you'll love these smoky Turnip Fries! There is so much flavor in these low carb turnip chips, that even picky family members will ask for seconds. 

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: low carb side dishes, turnip fries, veggie fries
Servings: 3
Calories: 107 kcal
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

  2. Cut off the top and bottom of the turnip and peel the tough outer skin. 

  3. Cut turnips into matchsticks. 

  4. Add the turnips, arrowroot powder, and dried herbs and seasoning to a mixing bowl and toss until all the turnips are coated. 

  5. Drizzle in the avocado oil and stir to make sure everything is coated.

  6. Add turnips to the baking sheet, making sure the turnips are not touching each other. If using fresh herbs add to the pan.

  7. Bake for 20 minutes and then flip! Bake until the fries have reached your desired level of crispiness (about 10-15 more minutes). Sprinkle finished fries with a pinch of kosher salt and serve.

Recipe Notes

Try to cut the turnip fries into uniform sizes. This will result in even roasting.

 

If your fries aren't crisping up, chances are your baking sheet was too crowded. Transfer half the fries to another baking sheet and pop back in the oven for about 5 minutes.

Nutrition Facts
Crispy Turnip Fries {Whole30, Paleo, Vegan, Keto}
Amount Per Serving (6 oz)
Calories 107 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 0mg0%
Sodium 245mg11%
Potassium 155mg4%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 0g0%
Vitamin A 105IU2%
Vitamin C 17.9mg22%
Calcium 24mg2%
Iron 0.3mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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4 comments on “Crispy Turnip Fries {Whole30, Paleo, Vegan, Keto}”

  1. We recently signed up for a Farm Share box with no opt out of any produce, and so we’ve been scrambling to find recipes for veggies we would never buy.

    I always thought I hated turnips, but it turns out I was wrong. Or at least I don’t hate turnips fries. Actually, I love them.  Fight over the leftovers love them. They are great naked, supposedly they are great with ketchup (per my husband), and they are even better with chimichurri (Farm Box also had a ton of herbs). 

    I’m now anxiously awaiting our next delivery of turnips so we can have more fries. 

    • Farm shares are so fun for this very reason! I’m so happy you found a use for the turnips! Thanks so much for taking the time to post a review. 🙂

      Sarah

  2. Can the turnip fries be done in an air fryer? 

    • I haven’t tried it. Yet.

      I found them a bit more delicate than other veggie fries so I’m not sure how they would do in an air fryer basket.