How Long Should You Boil Turnips?


Turnips can be cooked in so many ways.  They can be microwaved, steamed, roasted, stir-fried or boiled.  And like all vegetables, turnips have to be boiled just right to avoid overcooking or worse, make your dish taste too “turnipy.”

So, how long should you boil turnips?

They take a while – at least, longer than what it takes to boil potatoes.

Turnips, especially those large, not-so-young ones have denser flesh.  If you are in a hurry, better not buy big turnips.  If you already have, cut them in cubes to hasten the cooking process.  It would take about 25 minutes to soften them.

Baby turnips can be sliced and eaten raw.  They have a mild flavor compared to matured turnips.  But young or otherwise, all turnips will taste too strong if over boiled.

Check the turnips from time to time with a fork.  When the fork goes in easily, it means they are done.

Another way to avoid over boiling the turnip is to leave the cover off the lid.  Doing this would allow gases to escape, preventing it from getting trapped in the pot to saturate the water.

Turnips that are less than three inches wide are boiled for approximately 20 to 30 minutes.