Herb Roasted Carrots and Turnips, a super easy sheet pan roasted vegetable recipe with only 5 ingredients and ready in 30 minutes. Your new favorite easy side dish or salad topper!

roasted turnips and carrots on a white plate with a gold fork

Love roasted turnips? Love roasted carrots? So do we! Though each is great one its own, carrots and turnips are even better when they're roasted together.

👉 Here are three reasons why you should be baking carrots and turnips together:

  • It's simple. With only five core ingredients and requiring only 30 minutes, this roasted vegetable recipe is as easy as it gets.
  • It's tasty. Turnips and carrots take on new flavors when roasted, and the herbs make this dish burst with taste and aroma.
  • It's flexible. Serve this roasted veggie recipe as a side dish, on top of salads, or on top of grain bowls. The possibilities are endless.

Ready to learn our favorite way to bake carrots and turnips? Let’s do it!

a marble plate with carrots, turnips, and bowls of oil, herbs, garlic, salt, and pepper
Ingredients: carrots, turnips, herbs, garlic, oil, salt, and pepper

👩‍🍳 How to make (step-by-step photos)

1️⃣ Step One: Preheat oven and cut vegetables

First, preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 C).

While the oven is heating, wash the vegetables to remove dirt:

  • To cut turnips: cut off stems, then cut in half or in quarters. We like to cut large turnips into quarters because the smaller pieces will become softer when baked.
  • To cut carrots: You can cut carrots however you’d like, but when roasting with different sized vegetables like turnips we like to cut them into bite-size pieces so the vegetables are all similar sizes and are easier to eat.
sliced carrots, turnips, fresh herbs, and a knife on a cutting board
Cut carrots and turnips into similar size pieces

Do you need to peel carrots and turnips? You do not need to peel turnips or carrots before baking. The outer peel is edible and will provide a rougher texture and deeper flavor. However, if you don't like the outer peels then feel free to peel both with a vegetable peeler.


2️⃣ Step Two: Add vegetables to the roasting pan

Next, add the cut carrots and turnips to a sheet pan. Drizzle with olive oil and, using your hands or a spatula, toss until they’re completely coated with oil.

Sprinkle the vegetables with sliced fresh garlic (optional), fresh herbs (or dried, if you don't have fresh), salt, and pepper.

sliced carrots and turnips on a sheet pan with garlic and fresh herbs
Toss turnips and carrots with oil, garlic, and herbs

3️⃣ Step Three: Roast vegetables until they soften and begin to brown

Finally, roast the vegetables in the oven until they begin to soften and become brown around the edges. This takes anywhere from 20-30 minutes, depending on your oven.

About halfway through cooking, toss the vegetables so they brown on all sides, we did this when the turnips and carrots had been roasting for about 15 minutes.

Remove the roasted vegetables from the oven and serve immediately as a side dish, or you can let the vegetables cool and use them to top salads and bowls.

carrots and turnips on a sheet pan after roasting

❓ Recipe questions + quick tips

Should I peel carrots before roasting?

As long as you wash carrots well, you do not need to peel them before roasting. In fact, unpeeled carrots are delicious because the outer layer browns when baked and provides deeper flavor through a process called the maillard reaction when the natural sugar in carrots is heated.

Should I peel turnips before roasting?

As long as you wash turnips well, you do not need to peel them before roasting. In fact, unpeeled turnips are delicious because the outer layer browns when baked and provides deeper flavor. However, if you'd like to peel them then use a vegetable peeler.

How should I cut carrots before roasting?

Carrots can be roasted whole, cut longways (or lengthwise) into halves or quarters, or cut along the length of a carrot into rounds or thicker 2-3 inch (5-7 cm) long pieces. Ultimately you can cut carrots however you’d like, but because we’re roasting carrots with turnips, we wanted to cut smaller pieces to match the size of the cut turnips.

How should I cut turnips before roasting?

Turnips can be roasted whole, cut into halves or quarters, or cut into small cubes. The smaller the pieces of turnip, the faster they will soften when baked. Ultimately you can cut turnips however you’d like, but because we’re roasting turnips with carrots, we wanted to cut smaller pieces so that cooking time is similar and eating them together is easier (no one wants to try to spear two different sized vegetables on a fork!).

What flavor do turnips have when roasted?

Like many vegetables, turnips’ flavor transforms when roasted. Turnips lose their tangy flavor when roasted, and instead have a deep, rich, and slightly sweet flavor.

roasted carrots and turnips on a white plate on a white table

🌿 Herb + spice flavor ideas

This recipe is simply prepared with just olive oil, garlic, salt, and pepper and your fresh herbs of choice. However, the herb and spice flavor possibilities are endless!

Here are a few herb and spice combinations to try out in your roasted vegetable recipe:

  • Rosemary, shallots, and garlic: roast turnips and carrots with sliced shallot and garlic, then sprinkle with fresh rosemary when finished
  • Garlic, red onion, and fresh herbs: roasted carrots and turnips with garlic and sliced red onion, then top with fresh herbs like oregano or thyme
  • Turmeric, paprika, and cayenne pepper: make it spicy by roasting carrots and turnips with a sprinkle of turmeric powder, paprika, and a dash of cayenne
  • Make it crunchy with nuts or seeds: add a bit of crunch by topping roasted turnips and carrots with sliced almonds, pine nuts, sunflower seeds, or sesame seeds
roasted turnips and carrots on a white plate on a white table with a bottle of oil and bowls of salt and pepper in the background

♻️ Sustainable kitchen + cooking tips

We’re all about sustainability here at Fork in the Road, so here are some tips and tricks for getting the most out of your ingredients.

Take advantage of carrot and turnip season! Turnips are in season in the winter months, typically October through March in the northern hemisphere. Carrots are typically available year round here, so we usually enjoy this dish in the fall and winter.

Use your veggie scraps to reduce food waste! Don’t toss those peels and stems, put them into a soup pot and cover with water to make a food waste soup stock.

Don’t throw away carrot greens! Did you buy carrots with their leaves? Great! Reuse carrot tops in smoothies, carrot greens sauces, and even carrot leaves soup.

a side dish of carrots and turnips on a table with condiments

🥕 More simple roasted vegetable recipes

Check out our other easy baked turnips and roasted carrot recipes:

Yield: 4 servings

Herb Roasted Turnips and Carrots Recipe

roasted carrots and turnips on a white plate on a white table

Herb Roasted Carrots and Turnips, a super easy sheet pan roasted vegetable recipe with only 5 ingredients and ready in under 30 minutes. Your new favorite easy side dish or salad topper!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1lb (450 g) carrots, washed and trimmed
  • 1lb (450 g) turnips, washed and trimmed
  • 2 garlic cloves, sliced thin
  • 2 tablespoons fresh* thyme or oregano, chopped (*or 1 tablespoon dried herbs)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Pinch of salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven: Preheat oven to 400 degrees (200 C).
  2. Prep vegetables: Wash turnips and carrots and peel, if desired. Cut stems from turnips and cut into halves or quarters. Cut stems from carrots and slice diagonally into 1-2 inch (3-5 cm) pieces.
  3. Roast vegetables: Arrange the carrots and turnips on a baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil, tossing the vegetables to completely cover with oil and sprinkle with sliced garlic, chopped fresh (or dried) herbs, salt, and pepper. Place sheet pan in the oven and roast for 25 minutes, stirring halfway through to roast on all sides.
  4. Serve vegetables: Remove pan from oven, arrange vegetables on a plate and serve as a side dish or as a salad topping.

Notes

  • Tools Needed: sheet pan, knife set, cutting board, vegetable peeler
  • Prep Ahead: Wash and cut vegetables ahead of time to reduce prep time before cooking. If serving cold on salads or bowls, you can make this recipe up to three days ahead of time.
  • Leftovers and Storage: Vegetables should be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. For best taste and texture, do not freeze and reheat.
  • Nutrition notes: Nutrition information is estimated for only ingredients in the recipe, not the additional spice options given. This simple roasted vegetable recipe is a good source of fiber, vitamin A, and vitamin C.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 64Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 19mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 0g