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Honey Roasted Parsnips

French fries? No. These are are honey roasted parsnips, a delicious side dish flaunting a natural sweetness and an earthy nutty flavor.

Honey Roasted Parsnips in serving bowl

Although parsnips are part of the carrot family, they look and taste quite different. In this recipe, we roast them at a high heat with olive oil,  a drizzle of honey and a sprinkle of salt and pepper. The end result is a soft interior, a beautifully caramelized exterior and enhanced sweetness. Wonderful flavor.

These parsnips are delicious served with roasts, chicken or other vegetables. And you can tweak them with the many suggestions below based on your preferences and what else you’re serving.

From a nutrition perspective, parsnips claim a lower calorie and much higher fiber content compared to a potato. For instance, one cup of cooked parsnips has 5.6 g of fiber, almost 25% of the daily recommended value.

Here are a few suggestions for pairing proteins with the honey roasted parsnips: Cedar Planked Chicken, Chicken Meatloaf, Roast Turkey Breast or  Classic Prime Rib Roast.  Of course, roasting them with other root vegetables like sweet potatoes, carrots, turnips and onions is a great option too.

Tips for Honey Roasted Parsnips

  • How to choose them: Choose white firm parsnips that are not shriveled with brown spots. Smaller parsnips are better because the larger ones have a larger bitter core.
  • How to cut them: The key is to cut the parsnips into pieces the same thickness so they will roast evenly.
  • How much to serve: Estimate about 1/2 pound of raw parsnips per person. (The weight will be lower after cooking).

 Tailor To Your Taste

  • Add carrots, cut to the same size, for a nice color combination. Or use half carrots, half parsnips.
  • Try different types of honey such as lime-honey or honey mustard.
  • Experiment with other seasonings that go well with parsnips such as cumin, coriander and cinnamon.
  • Jazz them up with different garnishes after roasting:
    • chopped herbs like thyme, dill, parsley or basil.
    • lemon or orange zest on the parsnips.
    • a drizzle of balsamic vinegar reduction.

Make Ahead

  • Roast ahead, then rewarm in a 350F oven for 8-10 minutes. The parsnips are also good served at room temperature.

Honey Roasted Parsnips in serving bowl

Honey Roasted Parsnips in serving bowl
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Honey Roasted Parsnips

French fries? No. These are are honey roasted parsnips, a delicious side dish flaunting a natural sweetness and an earthy nutty flavor.
Prep Time8 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time38 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2
Author: Cheryl


  • 1 pound parsnips
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon olive oil (or 1 tbsp olive oil + 1/2 tbsp melted butter)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon honey
  • kosher salt and pepper
  • Optional garnish: drizzle of Balsamic reduction


  • PREHEAT OVEN to 425F. Line a pan with foil and spray with oil.
  • PREPARE PARSNIPS: Peel parsnips with vegetable peeler. Cut into even sticks, about 1/2 inch thick. By cutting them the same thickness, you will ensure they will finish cooking at the same time. In a medium bowl, toss parsnips with oil and honey. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Toss to coat evenly.
  • ROAST PARSNIPS AND SERVE: Place parsnips on lined pan in a single layer (no overlapping). Roast for 22-30 minutes, turning half way through, until soft when pierced with a fork and caramelized on the edges. Transfer to serving bowl and serve. If desired, drizzle with balsamic reduction before serving.


Make Ahead: Roast parsnips and set aside. Reheat in a 350F oven for about 8-10 minutes. 


Nutrition Facts
Honey Roasted Parsnips
Amount Per Serving (2 g)
Calories 311 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Sodium 24mg1%
Potassium 850mg24%
Carbohydrates 54g18%
Fiber 11g46%
Sugar 24g27%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin C 39mg47%
Calcium 82mg8%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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    1. Glad they worked out well. Timing will depend on you oven temperature (most ovens are off a bit) and how well you’re able to space out the parsnips in the pan. If they’re a bit crowded, the cook time will take a bit longer. 😊

  1. These are great! i made them tonight. With some carrots cause i only had 3 parsnips. Worth it.

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