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.

Recipe Adapted From:

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Sonia M

Thanks for sharing

Edvanir L.
Edvanir L5 years ago

Thank you.

John S.
Past Member 5 years ago

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

heather g.
heather g5 years ago

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....

Vicky P.
Vicky P5 years ago


Edvanir L.
Edvanir L5 years ago

I'm gonna try it.

Kate S.
Kate S5 years ago


Julie Cordner
Julie Cordner5 years ago

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

Fred Hoekstra
Fred Hoekstra5 years ago

Thank you Katie, for Sharing this!

Pamela F.
Pamela F5 years ago

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.