Sesame Turnips with Soba Noodles | Naturally Ella

Sesame Turnips with Soba Noodles

  • Author: Erin Alderson
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 1 serving 1x


An easy and delicious noodle bowl that features one of my favorite underrated vegetables: turnips!



2 teaspoons sesame oil
1 ½ cups 1/2″ diced purple-top turnips (see note)
1 to 2 teaspoons fresh minced ginger
1 teaspoon sesame seeds
1 tablespoon tamari or soy sauce
2 ounces soba noodles, cooked
Sesame seeds, for topping
Cilantro, for topping


  • Heat a medium skillet over medium heat. Add the sesame oil followed by the turnips. Fry the turnips, stirring occasionally, until the turnips are tender and browning.
  • Reduce the heat and stir in the ginger and sesame seeds, cooking for a minute or two; until the ginger is fragrant and the sesame seeds are toasted.
  • Stir in the tamari, followed by the soba noodles. Taste and add more tamari if desired. Serve with a sprinkle of cilantro and more sesame seeds if desired.


Tips + Tricks: Cutting the turnips: I like to cut the turnips in wedges. This gives a bit more surface are on the sides- perfect for browning!

Seasoned Rice Vinegar: Beyond the ingredients listed above, I like to add splash of seasoned rice vinegar. This adds just a little boost of flavor and sweetness.

Cooking the Noodles:  I used leftover soba noodles I had on hand. I like to cook the noodles according to the package then drain, rinse, and toss with a teaspoon or so of sesame oil. This helps the noodles separate and mix with the ingredients well!

Use up leftover ingredients: soba noodles, sesame seeds, turnips