Pan fried turnips in a cast iron pan with wooden spatula

Pan Fired Turnips Recipe with Onions and Spinach

Pan fried turnips make a great low carb potato substitute for keto diets. Their earthy flavor combined with caramelized onions and lemon thyme transcend the mundane.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 84kcal
Author Kim Hardesty


  • 1 pound turnips
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp butter (or more olive oil)
  • 1 sprig lemon thyme (or regular)
  • 2 tbsp scallions
  • 1 cup fresh spinach loosely packed
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper


  • Peel turnips and cut into quarters or into sixths, if large.
  • Place a large frying pan over medium heat. When hot add the olive oil to the pan and swirl to coat. Add the turnips when the oil shimmers.
  • Cook the turnips until browned on one side. Turn them over and add scallions and thyme to the pan. The turnips are ready when a fork piercing the thickest part slides easily through.
  • Add the spinach and butter to the pan, sautéing until the spinach wilts. Remove the thyme sprig.
  • Season with salt and pepper, taste to adjust seasoning, and serve.
  • Serves 4 at 4.5 g net carbs per serving.


Calories: 84kcal | Carbohydrates: 6.52g | Protein: 1.06g | Fat: 6.25g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 172mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3.65g