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Roasted Parsnips are a very simple but delicious vegetable side dish that’s sweet and tender. This recipe makes perfect parsnips with a caramelized surface that enhances the natural flavor.
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5 from 3 votes

Roasted Parsnips

Learn how to roast parsnips properly and prevent them from drying out. This parsnip recipe is the best and makes a sweet and tender side dish.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Roasted Parsnips
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 123kcal
Author: Cindy


  • 2 pounds parsnips
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter melted
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons chopped parsley optional for serving


  • Preheat oven to 425ºF (218ºC). Place oven rack to the center position.
  • Wash and peel parsnips. If using large varieties, cut them into uniform pieces between 1/2 to 1-inch wide and about 4-inch long.
  • In a large bowl, toss parsnips with melted butter, salt and pepper.
  • Spread out the parsnips and distribute evenly on the baking sheet.
  • Cover tightly with foil and cook for 15 minutes.
  • Remove the top piece of foil and roast parsnips for an additional 15-18 minutes or until fork tender.
  • Season with more salt and pepper. Sprinkle with chopped parsley and serve warm.


  • Make it Vegan, Dairy-Free, and Paleo: Use olive oil instead of butter.
  • Make it Whole30: Use extra-virgin olive oil instead of butter and use sea salt. 


Calories: 123kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 230mg | Potassium: 425mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 130IU | Vitamin C: 19.3mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 0.7mg