Slowly braising turnips in savory miso-spiked broth and butter gives them a sweet flavor and velvety texture in this side dish recipe. The addition of turnip greens (which are sometimes sold separately in bunches) adds a peppery bite. For a mellower flavor, use spinach.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, November/December 2012


Recipe Summary

45 mins


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Instructions Checklist
  • Peel turnips and cut into 1-inch wedges. Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the turnips and salt and cook, stirring occasionally, until browned in spots and beginning to soften, 7 to 9 minutes.

  • Add 1 cup broth and sugar; reduce heat to maintain a simmer. Cook, stirring frequently, until the turnips are tender and the liquid is almost completely evaporated, 15 to 20 minutes. (Add up to 1/2 cup more broth if the pan is dry before the turnips are tender.)

  • Meanwhile, mash miso with the remaining 1 tablespoon butter in a small bowl until combined.

  • When the turnips are tender, stir in the turnip greens (or spinach), cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until wilted, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat. Add the miso-butter and gently stir until the turnips are well coated.


Miso is a fermented soybean paste that adds flavor to dishes like soups, sauces and salad dressings. White or sweet miso (Shiromiso), made with soy and rice, is yellow and milder in flavor; use for soup, salad dressings and sauces for fish or chicken. Look for it near tofu at well-stocked supermarkets. It will keep in the refrigerator for at least a year.

Nutrition Facts

85 calories; protein 2.4g 5% DV; carbohydrates 10.6g 3% DV; exchange other carbs 0.5; dietary fiber 4.3g 17% DV; sugars 5.5g; fat 4.3g 7% DV; saturated fat 2.5g 13% DV; cholesterol 10.2mg 3% DV; vitamin a iu 2742.7IU 55% DV; vitamin c 26.2mg 44% DV; folate 55.6mcg 14% DV; calcium 97.9mg 10% DV; iron 0.7mg 4% DV; magnesium 22.8mg 8% DV; potassium 367.2mg 10% DV; sodium 365.2mg 15% DV; thiamin 0.1mg 6% DV; added sugar 1g.

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  • 5 star values: 2
  • 4 star values: 1
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Rating: 5 stars
I love this recipe so much I could eat it for my whole meal. I used kale instead of the turnip greens and it was awesome! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Best Turnip Recipe....ever! Braising turnips has always been my favorite way to eat them. Adding the miso butter to these turnips at the end was amazing. I used vegetable stock which cooked down to a nice syrup consistency and added the miso butter and the turnips were all coated in this fantastic flavor. I will make this recipe over and over. Thanks eating well! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Delicious Flavor I made this and the flavor layers from the broth and the miso and the browned butter were just wonderful. I added some frozen shrimp at the end of the turnip cooking (before adding the greens) and it made a complete meal. Read More