Lemon-Roasted Rutabaga Recipe

Let's face it; we could all eat more veggies. Most of us don't eat our fair share, and even those who do could do better with a wider variety. One vegetable that pairs well with a lot of meals is rutabaga. Recipe developer Jennine Rye brings us this excellent preparation that pairs the root veggie with lemon. Rye is a rutabaga enthusiast, calling it "such an underused vegetable" before adding, "I think it's past time it got more love!"

Admittedly, rutabaga is easier to find in some places than others. "In the U.K.," Rye says, "they are available all year round in the supermarkets, and can often be found in our classic Sunday roasts." Though don't stop there. We also suggest pairing this lemony rutabaga with salmon or grouper. Follow this step-by-step guide to make simple lemon-roasted rutabaga for your next meal.

Gather your lemon-roasted rutabaga ingredients

To make this lemon-roasted rutabaga, you can start by gathering your ingredients. For this recipe, you will need a large rutabaga, olive oil, salt, pepper, lemon juice, cumin seeds, fresh thyme, salted butter, and honey. Rye notes "the secret hero of this recipe is actually the butter! A humble ingredient in comparison to some of the others, but it just totally transforms this rutabaga recipe by binding all the delicious flavors together and acting as a glaze. It helps to add sweetness to the rutabaga, which elevates it to the star status it deserves."

Peel and chop the rutabaga

Before you get started, preheat the oven to 400 F. Then, peel and chop the rutabaga into roughly 1-inch cubes. They don't have to be perfect cubes, but do try to end up with pieces that are more or less the same size. This will ensure even cooking.

Season and roast the rutabaga

On a large baking sheet, add 2 tablespoons of oil. Then, add the cubed rutabaga and toss the pieces in the oil. Season the veggies with salt and pepper, then place the baking sheet in the oven. Bake for 40 minutes, removing the sheet from the oven every so often to toss the rutabaga.

Dress the rutabaga and bake again

After 40 minutes, remove the baking sheet from the oven and dress the rutabaga with the lemon juice, cumin seeds, thyme, honey, and butter. Then return the baking sheet to the oven and let it roast for another 10 minutes before serving. Have leftovers? Just follow Rye's advice: "Once cool, they should be transferred to an airtight container and stored in the fridge. Roasted rutabaga should be consumed within 3 days and should be throughly heated through before serving."

Lemon-Roasted Rutabaga Recipe
5 from 36 ratings
We could all eat more veggies. Most of us don't eat our fair share, and those who do could do better with a wider variety. Enter rutabaga: a versatile delight!
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roasted cubed rutabaga close up
Total time: 1 hour
  • 1 large rutabaga
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • juice of ½ lemon
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 6 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 teaspoon salted butter
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 F.
  2. Peel the rutabaga and chop it into roughly 1-inch cubes.
  3. Grease a large sheet pan with the 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Add the chopped rutabaga and coat it with the olive oil. Season the rutabaga with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Roast the rutabaga for 40 minutes, turning occasionally so that the pieces are evenly colored.
  5. Once the rutabaga is soft, remove the pan from the oven and toss in the lemon juice, cumin seeds, fresh thyme, butter, and honey.
  6. Place the rutabaga back into the oven for another 10 minutes.
  7. Remove sheet pan from oven, transfer roasted rutabaga to a bowl, and serve immediately.
Calories per Serving 166
Total Fat 8.3 g
Saturated Fat 1.6 g
Trans Fat 0.0 g
Cholesterol 2.5 mg
Total Carbohydrates 23.4 g
Dietary Fiber 5.5 g
Total Sugars 13.1 g
Sodium 509.5 mg
Protein 2.6 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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