Orange-Glazed Parsnips

Howdy everyone! Hannah here!

Potatoes, carrots, and beets: all root vegetables that may be very familiar. They may even be staples in your kitchen.

But what about parsnips?!

To many, parsnips are just strange, white carrots. In fact, I watched an episode of Food Network’s Worst Cooks in America last week, where the contestants had to play a game of “Family Food.” Instead of guessing the top answers on the board with a delightfully witty Steve Harvey, the contestants battled head-to-head to see who can find certain foods or kitchen gadgets in the pantry. Guess what food they had to find…


It took the two participants a handful of minutes (and guesses) before finally presenting a parsnip to Anne and Tyler. The winning participant even admitted it was a mere lucky guess! Watching this food fiasco was the inspiration behind our January recipe redux.


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Pick a new ingredient that you’ve been wanting to try… and cook or bake up a new recipe in the new year. Are you curious about nutritional yeast, fish sauce, matcha, teff – or maybe even ugli fruit? Show us how you’re cooking with something new (to you!) in 2016.”

For our recipe redux, we are going to give this backstage root vegetable it’s time in the spotlight! While I can proudly pick out a parsnip in any vegetable line-up, I can’t say it’s one that frequents my kitchen…

I do have a zesty orange-glazed carrot recipe that makes a regular appearance on my table. So this is a great opportunity to go a little crazy and swap those carrots for parsnips!

While they might look the same, carrots and parsnips have distinctly different flavors. A parsnip is starchier and more fibrous than its orange family member, which gives it a more robust sweetness when cooked!

Parsnips also have a slight peppery bite, adding a beautiful depth of flavor when combined with this sweetness. The fresh orange zest in this recipe gives a bright citrus note that brings perfect harmony to your taste buds!

After trying this recipe you will not only know what a parsnip is, but you will not be able to get enough!

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Orange-Glazed Parsnips

  • Author: Holley Grainger
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


Get to know a new root vegetable: Parsnips! A delightfully sweet and citrusy side that will brighten up any meal!



  • 1 pound of parsnips (peeled and sliced)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp corn starch
  • 1 cup of orange juice
  • 1 orange (zested)
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp rosemary


  1. Heat olive oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add parsnips and sauté for about 12 minutes, or until parsnips are soft.
  2. Slowing sprinkle in corn starch, mixing as you go until corn starch if fully dissolved.
  3. Add orange juice, stir, and bring to simmer. Stir in orange zest, salt, pepper, and rosemary.
  4. Simmer for 5 minutes or until sauce is thickened.
  5. Serve and enjoy!