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Pan-Fried Rutabaga with Ginger and Mustard

Pan-Fried Rutabaga with Ginger and Mustard


Easy, filling and delicious, serve this Asian-inspired dish over a bed of brown or white rice. You can substitute turnips for the rutabaga if you like.

Pan-Fried Rutabaga


  • 2 Pounds rutabaga, peeled, quartered and sliced into 1/4 inch pieces
  • 3 Tablespoons peanut oil
  • 2 Tablespoons yellow mustard seeds
  • 2 Teaspoons fresh ginger, grated
  • 1/4 Cup spring or green onions, minced
  • Coarse salt and freshly-ground pepper

1. In a large saucepan over high heat, bring salted water to a boil. Stir in rutabaga, cooking for about 5 minutes, or until just softened (test it with a knife.) Drain rutabaga and set aside.
2. In a large frying pan over medium heat, heat oil until shimmering. Stir in mustard seeds and ginger. Cook for about 1 minute, or until mustard seeds start to pop and ginger starts to lightly brown.
3. Stir in rutabaga and cook for an additional 6-8 minutes, or until crisp and lightly browned, occasionally tossing to coat. Take frying pan off the heat and stir in a little salt and pepper and the scallions. Serve hot.

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.


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11:10AM PDT on Mar 20, 2013

Thank you.

3:49AM PDT on Mar 15, 2013

I believe this is sauteing, not pan frying, and that isn't a rutabaga.

12:29AM PDT on Mar 11, 2013

It seems like many readers have been mislead about rutabagas.
Ok, I've seen plenty of turnips and rutabagas in my life.
No turnip ever looked like or was shaped like a swede/rutabaga. They certainly are the same family but turnips are a plain cream colour.
After all that, the recipe sounds tasty, but high in carbs....

3:02PM PST on Mar 8, 2013


12:07PM PST on Mar 8, 2013

I'm gonna try it.

8:42PM PST on Mar 5, 2013


4:37PM PST on Mar 4, 2013

Why is there a pic of turnips at the top? Maybe they're an option if rutabaga is not available...?

3:25PM PST on Mar 4, 2013

Thank you Katie, for Sharing this!

9:57PM PST on Mar 2, 2013

You are right Lloyd H the picture is turnips, I agree it totally discredits the article when the picture doesn't match. Someone should be checking more closely.

8:31PM PST on Mar 2, 2013


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