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Baked Peppery Parsnip Fries

Parsnips may look like carrots, but they have a flavor all their own. This Baked Peppery Parsnip Fries recipe celebrates that flavor.

Baked Peppery Parsnip Fries are shown on a white plate atop a blue and yellow napkin on a wood surface.

We’re used to the brightly colored vegetables of summer farmers markets. Tomatoes, berries, peppers and the like are delightful when bought from a farmer who picked them hours before. But they don’t last unless you preserve them — such as in jams, pickles or by freezing.

But the weather turning cold doesn’t mean that farmers markets are devoid of vegetables. On the contrary, there are still veggies available — they’re just of the heartier varieties.

Three parsnips are shown on a wood table.

Parsnips, like beets, carrots, potatoes and other root vegetables, are storage vegetables. That means that when stored properly, they can last well into the winter.

Even if you aren’t a farmers market shopper (why not?!?), you can find parsnips at the grocery store at this time of year. They are often sold near the carrots in similar plastic bags.

Peeled parsnips cut into fry-like shapes are shown in a silver bowl with seasonings and cornstarch.

Once you find parsnips, there are many ways to enjoy them. Parsnips can be used to make a velvety soup, roasted or used in fried rice, for instance.

Or you can do something delightfully different: Cut them into fry shapes and transform them into Baked Peppery Parsnip Fries. That’s my favorite way to enjoy them.

You’ll want to start by peeling the parsnips before tossing them with cornstarch and seasonings.

Uncooked Baked Peppery Parsnip Fries are shown on a parchment-lined baking sheet.

Once you have those fry shapes, spread them on a parchment-lined baking sheet. The parchment is important because it ensures that the parsnips don’t stick to the baking sheet.

You don’t want to miss the lovely, golden outsides of the Baked Peppery Parsnip Fries when they are done cooking.

a plate of Baked Peppery Parsnip Fries with ketchup is shown on a blue and yellow napkin.

Once they are done baking, these Baked Peppery Parsnip Fries are delightful with ketchup. Eat them as a snack or serve them with your favorite skillet burgers or whatever it is you like to have fries with.

Yield: 4

Peppery Parsnip Fries

Peppery Parsnip Fries

Parsnips make wonderful fries! These delightful Peppery Parsnip Fries are a wonderful side dish with burger, hot dogs and more.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes


  • spray oil
  • 1 lb parsnips, (about 3), peeled and cut into French fry shapes
  • ½ tsp cornstarch
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • ½ tsp pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a parching sheet with parchment paper or other nonstick paper. Spray with a thin layer of oil.
  2. In a large bowl, toss together the parsnips, corn starch, salt and pepper. Spray in a single layer on the baking sheet. Spray with additional oil spray.
  3. Bake for 30 minutes, stirring and flipping once or twice, until golden. Remove from the oven.
  4. Serve.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 205Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 364mgCarbohydrates: 32gFiber: 5gSugar: 6gProtein: 3g

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