Roasted Baby Turnips with Garlic and Za’atar

Savory, oven-roasted baby turnips (also known as Tokyo turnips) tossed with za’atar spice, garlic, lemon zest and olive oil! This healthy side dish is a cinch to make and oh so delicious!

an oval platter with roasted baby turnips with a small dish of za'atar spice and a white linen napkin

I feel like baby turnips are an often over-looked root vegetable. Mostly because people don’t know what to do with them, or they mistake them for radishes! Well I am here to tell you, they are absolutely delicious and very easy to cook.

Baby turnips are sweet, and roast quickly. They don’t need to be peeled, just give them a good wash. Toss them, tops and all, with olive oil, garlic, and za’atar spice then roast until golden brown.

When you roast them like this you get the bonus of the super-crispy, almost potato chip-like tops!

Ingredients You’ll Need:

All you need to make this recipe is a few simple ingredients: baby turnips, garlic, za’atar spice, olive oil, salt and zest from one lemon.

7 baby turnips, a bowl of olive oil, a lemon, a head of garlic, flakey sea salt and a white bowl of za'atar spice

Za’atar is a Middle Eastern spice blend. I love to use it to marinate chicken, sprinkle on flatbread, hummus, and salads. Can’t find Za’atar spice? Make your own with this simple recipe.

Recipe Step by Step:

Step 1. Season the Turnips

Toss the turnips with the za’atar spice, garlic, olive oil and salt.

two baking trays lined with brown parchment paper topped with raw white baby turnips tossed in olive oil

Step 2. Roast

Roast the turnips until they are golden brown and the leaves are dark and crispy. Season with the zest from one lemon and serve.

left: a sheet tray with roasted turnips. right: an oval platter filled with roasted turnips on a light gray background

FAQs and Expert Tips:

What are baby turnips?

Baby turnips, also known as Tokyo turnips or Japanese turnips are small white root vegetables with tender peppery greens. They look almost exactly like a white radish. They are perfect for roasting, steaming, sautéing, and pickling. They’re delicious raw too. Try adding thinly sliced baby turnips to salads or on a crudités platter.

What is Za’atar?

Za’atar is a middle eastern spice blend that varies greatly from region to region. It is typically a base of sumac, thyme, sesame, marjoram, or oregano. It can also contain salt, dill, and citrus zest. I usually have a couple of different jars of za’atar on my shelf at home I like to try different varieties!

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an oval platter with roasted baby turnips with a small dish of za'atar spice and a white linen napkin

Roasted Baby Turnips with Za’atar

Savory roasted baby turnips with their tops! Seasoned with Za'atar spice, garlic, and olive oil.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 122kcal


  • 2 bunches baby turnips
  • 1/4 c olive oil
  • 3 tbsp za'atar spice
  • 2 cloves garlic grated
  • 1 lemon
  • salt and pepper


  • Preheat the oven to 425. Line a baking tray with parchment paper.
  • Give the turnips a good wash then cut them in half. Keep the leaves in in tact but trim away and discard any that are yellowing or blemished.
  • In a large bowl toss the turnips with the olive oil, grated garlic, za'atar spice, and a generous pinch of salt and pepper. Use your hands to evenly coat the turnips and turnip tops with the olive oil and seasonings.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes until the tops are nice and crispy and the turnips are soft a golden brown. Season with lemon zest and serve immediately.


Storing Leftovers:
  • Roasted baby turnips will stay fresh in the refrigerator for up to three days.Reheated in a preheated 400 F oven for 5 minutes.


Calories: 122kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 7mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 1mg
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