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Roasted Parsnips with Cinnamon & Coriander

Scott Phillips

Servings: four.

The cooking method and the spices play up parsnips’ sweetness, counterbalanced by last-minute additions of lemon juice and chopped fresh cilantro, which add brightness. If cilantro isn’t to your liking, use parsley.


  • 1-1/2 lb. parsnips (about 10 medium)
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp. sweet paprika (or a mix of mostly sweet and some hot)
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt; more to taste
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 2 Tbs. chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 tsp. fresh lemon juice

Nutritional Information

  • Calories (kcal) : 250
  • Fat Calories (kcal): 120
  • Fat (g): 14
  • Saturated Fat (g): 2
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 1.5
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g): 10
  • Cholesterol (mg): 0
  • Sodium (mg): 160
  • Carbohydrates (g): 31
  • Fiber (g): 9
  • Protein (g): 2


  • Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat the oven to 375°F. Peel the parsnips and cut each into 1-inch pieces crosswise, then cut the thicker pieces into halves or quarters to get chunks of roughly equal size. (Don’t try to match the skinny tail-end pieces.) If the core seems tough or pithy, cut it out. You’ll have about 4 cups.
  • Arrange the parsnips in a single layer in a 9×13-inch baking dish. Drizzle with the olive oil and toss to coat evenly. Combine the cumin, coriander, paprika, salt, and cinnamon in a small bowl and stir to mix. Sprinkle the spices evenly over the parsnips and toss until the parsnips are well coated.
  • Roast until completely tender and lightly browned on the edges, 35 to 45 min., stirring once or twice during cooking. Sprinkle with the cilantro and lemon juice and toss well. Taste and adjust the seasoning if necessary before serving.


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Reviews (3 reviews)

  • janeths | 06/08/2013

    I love parsnips so find that roasting them after tossing in olive oil and a bit of pepper generally satisfying enough. But his recipe is even better. Loved it. Very flavourful.

  • Biscuit25 | 04/24/2013

    Delicious. Easy and flavorful side dish. I added radishes to mine and probably added more of the seasoning than the recipe calls for and little less olive oil to make it healthier.

  • Dashx | 03/18/2008

    What a tasty way to eat veggies! I had never eaten parsnips, and thought this article with the accompanying recipes was a great way to start. My confession: I make these often for lunch, with a small green salad on the side. I also use freshly ground coriander seeds; what a difference. Thanks for a great article and recipe!

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