Close-up, overhead shot of pan-fried turnips sprinkle with breadcrumbs

Pan-Fried Turnips with Thyme

  • Author: Erin Alderson
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 2 to 3 servings 1x
  • Category: side dish
  • Cuisine: American


These pan-fried turnips are an easy way to prepare an under-utilized vegetable. Look for the smaller turnip variety called hakurei- the flavor is a bit more mild and great for people who don’t always like turnips.



½ pound hakurei turnips

2 tablespoons ghee

¼ teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme

¼ cup homemade breadcrumbs


  1. Trim the turnips, leaving about an inch of the greens on top. Cut the turnips into quarters.
  2. Place a medium pan over medium-low heat. Add the ghee to the pan, followed by the turnips and salt. Cooking, turning only a couple times, until the turnips are browning and tender; 6 to 8 minutes.
  3. Once the turnips are just about done, stir in the thyme and cook for another minute or so. Once the turnips are done, sprinkle with breadcrumbs before serving.


Tips + Tricks: Can’t find hakurei turnips? Use regular turnips cut into 1/2″ cubes.

Use up leftover ingredients: thyme, turnips, breadcrumbs


  • Serving Size: 1/2 the recipe
  • Calories: 199
  • Sugar: 5.4
  • Sodium: 488.5
  • Fat: 12.5
  • Saturated Fat: 7.4
  • Carbohydrates: 19.2
  • Fiber: 2.8
  • Protein: 3.3
  • Cholesterol: 30.5

Keywords: hakurei turnips, fried turnips