While I was searching for low-carb options to meet my snacks craving, I discovered Air Fryer Turnips, which is a healthier twist than traditional French fries. They are perfectly coated with seasonings and air-fried until crispy and golden brown. 


This recipe is so easy to prepare with an air fryer as the cleanup is minimal and very healthy. You will stay out of the calories and fats as it needs less oil.  Check out Air Fryer Tostones, Air Fryer Fries, and Air Fryer Plantains.


I have tried this recipe, and it was pretty good, which was a big hit with my kids! A nice change and better version than potatoes. I love to have them with Vegan Cheese Sauce or any dipping sauce and sometimes sprinkle some vegan parmesan cheese over them. Try out these amazing Air Fried Turnip with your family today!

2 turnips on wooden board


Health Benefits of Turnips 


Turnips are a creamy white-colored vegetable with a purple top. This is known as a European staple root vegetable like beetroot and potato. But actually, turnips are related to broccoli, arugula, Brussels sprouts, and kale. Turnips are low in calories and provide plenty of necessary nutrients to our bodies.


Many people are not aware of turnips and haven’t tasted one either. But there are more than 30 types of turnips with varying colors, shapes, and tastes. Some of them are sweet like carrots, and some taste like potatoes. Turnip’s leafy greens on the top are also edible with its main part, roots. 


Countless researchers and health professionals have found that turnips offer us many health benefits because of the present nutrients in them. Below, there are some of the health benefits of turnips that you should know. Read More About Turnips

Prevents Cancer


Glucosinolates of turnips are a plant-based chemical that can prevent any kind of cancer, from breast cancer to prostate cancer.


Improves Eye Health


Turnips are rich in a type of antioxidant called lutein. They have the capabilities to improve our eye’s health and prevent any problems like macular degeneration and cataracts. 


Improves Bone Health


Turnips have enough calcium to improve our body’s bones and overall health.


Lowers Blood Pressure


Turnips have a generous amount of potassium, which can assist in lowering blood pressure by ejecting sodium from the body and treating arteries dilate. 


Aids digestion & Manages Weight


The fiber of turnips can provide us with proper digestion and help us feel fuller for a longer time. 

Air Fryer Turnips Ingredients

  • Turnips – make sure turnips have smooth skin without blemishes.
  • Olive oil – you can substitute with avocado oil
  • Onion powder, Garlic Powder, Salt – gives extra flavors to the turnips
  • Scroll Down To The Recipe Card For Full Recipe.

Turnip cubes in bowl

How To Prepare Air Fryer Turnips

  • Combine ingredients in a bowl and toss well to season turnip.
  • Place turnips in the air fryer basket.
  • Cook for 10-15 minutes in the air fryer at 380 degrees F.

turnip in air fryer basket

What do turnips taste like?


For some reason, most people tend to avoid turnips thinking they taste bad. Turnips are root vegetables similar to beets, potatoes, rutabaga. When the turnips are young, they taste mild with a fine sweetness and have a hint of peppery spice. When they age, they taste a bit woodier, but many people love to have this because of the depth of flavor when they are mashed or roasted.   


Make sure you choose turnips with a sweeter flavor and pick those that are small to medium. Ideally, choose those as fresh as possible since they get more bitter when they age.  

Are Turnips Low-carb Than Potatoes? 

Yes! Turnips are way lower carb than potatoes. One cup of cubed turnip has 4.2 carbohydrates, whereas potatoes have 13.5 g. Also, turnips are similar to potatoes, which will be an amazing choice for preparing fries, diced hash brown, pureed, and roasted.   

How to Select a Perfect Turnip?


When you are shopping for turnips in-store or market, follow these steps:

  • Select those turnips with smooth skin and the correct color (white at the bottom and purple on the top).
  • These veggies need to be firm and heavy with a sweet aroma.
  • Smaller-sized turnips should have a sweeter and tender flavor, whereas bigger ones have an earthy, bitter, and crisp flavor.
  • Do not ignore the turnips with their greens attached, and they are easily edible via salads or stews. 

How to Store Turnips?


For small roots or younger turnips, keep them tightly wrapped in the refrigerator for up to 2 to 3 weeks.  For large and mature turnips, sort the cut and blemish ones. They will stay fresh in the refrigerator for up to three weeks or so. 


Spread the turnips you want to store for a longer time. Remove the upper green part and root from the turnip. Rinse off all the soil and dirt with water. Place them in a covered container or box and cover them with a damp cloth. Keep the container in a cool, dark, unheated garage or basements and check frequently to see if they are not losing quality or not. 


Prepare the turnips if you want to keep them for longer by peeling, washing, and cutting them into cubes, then boil them for two minutes. Chill them in cold water and freeze them in the freezer bag for 8 to 10 months. 

How to Fry Turnips in Oven?


Oven frying has countless beneficial sides for people who avoid extra calories and fats. You can enjoy tender on the inside, crispy on outside experience, and mouth-watering experience with the oven. Here are the process of cooking these amazing fries in the oven, 


  • Place the seasoned turnips on the parchment baking sheet. 
  • Start roasting then at 450 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes. 


Key Tips and Tricks

  • Be sure to cut the turnips into the same size. If they are not the same size they will cook unevenly, and some pieces will remain soggy. 
  • Flip the turnip cubes after frying for about 5 to 7 minutes to ensure they are evenly fried on every side.
  • Be sure to cook them in batches in a single layer to get even results. If they are close to each other then they will generate steam which will caramelize around the edges and become soggy. 
  • Be careful not to overcook the turnip cubes as they will not remain crispy but become mushy.  
  • Different air fryer models cook at varying temperatures. You may need to adjust the temperature and preheating options accordingly.  

Other Turnip Recipes

  1. Turnip Fries
  2. Creamed Turnip
  3. Turnip Curry
  4. Roasted Turnip With Garlic

overlay air fryer turnips in two bowls

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Air Fryer Turnips in a wooden bowl

Air Fryer Turnips

While I was searching for low-carb options to meet my snacks craving, I discovered Air Fryer Turnips, which is a healthier twist than traditional French fries. They are perfectly coated with seasonings and air-fried until crispy and golden brown. 
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Air Fryer Turnips
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 49kcal


  • 2 medium turnips peeled and cut into cubes
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Pinch of salt


  • Place turnip cubes in a bowl. Add olive oil and toss to coat.
  • Add onion powder, garlic powder, and salt and toss
  • Brush the air fryer basket with oil and spread the seasoned turnip cubes in a single layer on an air fryer basket.
  • Cook for 10-15 minutes in the Air Fryer set at 380 degrees F. Shake the basket after 5 minutes.


Calories: 49kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 0.5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 41mg | Potassium: 120mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 0.2mg