How to roast parsnips: a simple guide for the best results

Learning how to roast parsnips to perfection is actually pretty simple. Follow our guide to turn this humble veg into something marvellous

How to roast parsnips: an simple guide for the best results
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The humble parsnip is a must for an epic roast dinner, and knowing how to roast parsnips to perfection, is the best way to do them justice. 

A roast dinner just isn't quite the same without them – according to the entire Real Homes team – and when they are this easy to prepare, there is no excuse to leave them off your plate.

We have whittled it down to just three key steps to ensure culinary success, so keep scrolling to find out how to roast parsnips effortlessly and for more recipes, see our dedicated hub. 

Serves: 4

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cooking time: 35 minutes


250g parsnips, peeled and halved or quartered lengthways (around 5cm)

3tbsp olive or sunflower oil

Salt and freshly ground black pepper


Preheat oven to 200ºC/400ºF/GM6.

1. Put parsnips in a roasting tin and add oil, and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Toss to coat parsnips evenly.

2. Roast for around 35 minutes, until golden and tender, turning halfway.

Tip: Love a sweeter taste? A drizzle of honey in the tin when you add the oil and seasoning will cover them with a light, sweet glaze. Stuck for oven space? Chuck them in with both carrots and roasting potatoes to make your life easier.