Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Pan fried parsnips

Have you tried parsnips?

Parsnips have been around for ages.  They are an often overlooked vegetable from the past.  Here are  a few links that will help you get to know this wonderful vegetable.
Dave's garden/parsnipsNutrition and you/ parsnipsvegetarians in paradise/ parsnip history

                                                                                                   Photo from Bing images 

My absolute favorite way to eat parsnips is pan fried.  It is so simple and easy.  It reminds me of my dear grandmother who introduced them to me years ago. They are wonderfully sweet and yummy. This is what real food is all about. Simple food prepared with nice clean refreshing flavors that linger.

                                                                                    Photo from Bing images

To make pan fried parsnips you will need......

1 pound of medium sized parsnips
2 Tablespoons butter
1 Tablespoon brown sugar
Fresh ground pepper

1. Peel the parsnips and boil them in lightly salted water until tender this should take about 6-8 minutes. 

2. Cool slightly until they can be handled and slice each parsnip lengthwise into 1/4 inch slices

3. Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium high heat

4. Add the parsnips and cook until lightly brown (about 4 minutes)

5. Sprinkle with the brown sugar

6. Turn over and cook about 4 minutes longer until browned and tender. 

7. Sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper and serve  right away

Serves 4-6

This post shared as part of real food Wednesdays

I love to cook my food in cast iron. This is one of those things recipes that I use my cast iron skillet for.  Lodge is the best cast iron company as far as I am concerned.  Check it out, you can buy a starter set from Amazon. Watch for an upcoming post on how to care for your cast iron.

, , This post contains an affiliate link. You can see the full disclosure by clicking on the privacy policy tab at the top of the page.


  1. I'm so glad I saw this recipe! Do you think maple syrup might be an ok substitute for brown sugar? Or maybe coconut sugar? Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. I am glad that you are inspired. Yes coconut sugar or maple syrup would be really good, or leave out the sugar all together which I sometimes do.

  3. Thanks so much for linking up with the Let's Get Real hop. We hope you'll link up again this week.

  4. Ok, I'm totally ashamed to admit this, but I've only eaten parsnips once...maybe twice. I think I'll add some to the garden this year! I love that something so simple is the heart of what real food is!