24 Delicious Rutabaga Recipes

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Looking to add a new vegetable into your recipe rotation? These delectable rutabaga recipes are just what you need! 

Bowl of mashed rutabaga, diced rutabaga, and rutabaga soup.


In my opinion, one of the most highly underrated vegetables is the rutabaga! Also known as the Swedish turnip, a rutabaga is a super tasty root vegetable with characteristics of cabbage and turnips. It’s a delicious natural ingredient that can take your meals (or even desserts) to the next level! 

From simple mashed, to rutabaga cake, you are sure to find a tasty rutabaga recipe to try.

1. Mashed Rutabaga

This recipe for mashed rutabaga is a great option for when you’re looking for a simple but delicious appetizer or side dish! It is similar to mashed potatoes with a creamy yet fluffy texture and buttery flavor. This mouthwatering side dish is ready in a total of 20 minutes.

2. Roasted Rutabaga

This simple recipe, made with only a few simple ingredients, is as healthy as it is delicious! Roasted rutabaga makes for a great side dish to your main course. It has delicious seasoned flavor, perfectly crispy exterior and a soft, creamy center. This appetizer is a hit with everyone!

3. Rutabaga Fries

Rutabaga fries are the perfect alternative for classic french fries when you’re looking to try something a little different! This unique recipe is made with sliced rutabaga seasoned to your liking, coated in oil, then baked until french-fry-crispy. So delicious and so versatile!

4. Rutabaga Hash

If you’re looking for an exemplary, hearty breakfast in under 30 minutes, give this rutabaga hash a try! This recipe calls for all your favorite vegetables and seasonings and goes perfectly with all of your breakfast favorites. Feel free to serve it with eggs, toast, or a sauce of your choosing!

5. Rutabaga Noodles

Tasty, quick, simple, and only four ingredients? Sign me up! This rutabaga noodle recipe is perfect for when you’re looking for something light but satisfying. It’s grain-free, gluten free, vegan, and ready in under 10 minutes! Serve with a simple combination of oil, garlic powder, and salt, or enjoy with the sauce of your choice!

6. Rutabaga Soup

Cozy up with a delicious bowl of rutabaga soup by following this quick and easy swede soup recipe! You’ll have a nice warm pot of all your favorite ingredients in only 25 minutes! Give this perfectly seasoned and perfectly tasting meal a try. You won’t regret it. 

7. Rutabaga Salad

If you’re looking for a healthy, hearty, flavorful lunch, this rutabaga salad recipe is just right for you! It’s sweet, fresh, and loaded with crunchy rutabaga, apples, and kale, finished with walnuts and dates, and topped with a flavorful and tangy dressing! This salad is a great option for those days when you need something quick and refreshing!

8. Baked Rutabaga

This recipe for baked rutabaga is easy, delicious, and takes very little prep time! Thinly sliced rutabaga is tossed with herbs, seasonings, and parmesan, then baked until deliciously soft, so flavorful, and perfectly golden-brown.

9. Rutabaga Gratin

Rutabaga au gratin is a delicious take on a classic comfort food. This recipe is made with sliced rutabaga tossed with butter and herbs and topped with gruyere cheese. It’s a simple recipe that takes just 10 minutes to prep. It’s creamy, cheesy, and delicious!

10. Instant Pot Rutabaga Mash

This instant pot rutabaga mash is just as appetizing as it is healthy. It’s a four-ingredient recipe that comes together in under 15 minutes. Creamy mashed rutabaga is spiced with nutmeg, then topped with salt and fresh herbs. This recipe is the perfect option when you need something quick and tasty to serve with your dinner.

11. Rutabaga BBQ Chips

I love having chips to munch on when I need a snack. And what better way to enjoy chips than to make them healthy and homemade? This recipe for rutabaga BBQ chips is a great alternative to potato chips, and the flavor is everything you’re looking for. You’ll never go store bought again after you’ve tried this recipe!

12. Twice Baked Rutabaga

Mashed potatoes is a fan-favorite amongst us food lovers, but what about when we need something a little different? This twiced-baked mashed rutabaga is such a great option for when you’re in need of a little tasty comfort food. It’s healthy, delicious, and all around good for you!


13. Rutabaga Steaks

These rutabaga steaks are a great vegetarian dinner option for your next dinner party! They have the perfect combination of sweet and salty flavors, and you can taste the love in every bite! They can be an entree, appetizer, or a side. No matter which way you serve them, they’re guaranteed to taste great!

14. Shepherds Pie

This shepherd’s pie recipe is a delicious lightened-up take on a classic comforting dinner. It’s got all of the veggies and proteins you need to have the perfect hearty meal, with mashed rutabaga on top for the perfect texture and flavor. This recipe is paleo, whole30-friendly, gluten-free, egg-free, and grain-free.

15. Rutabaga “Potato” Salad

A keto-friendly potato salad? Why not? This recipe for potato salad calls for no potatoes at all! Instead, it uses rutabaga to achieve that same delicious taste and texture. Serve this recipe at your next potluck and see if anyone even notices. Yes, it’s that good!

16. Rutabaga And Carrot Casserole

Casseroles are universally a great dinner option and comfort food, so we are always looking to find new recipes. This rutabaga and carrot casserole was just what we were looking for! It has loads of delicious ingredients including butter, carrots, rutabaga, horseradish, and cheese! These simple ingredients come together to make a delicious meal that everyone will love!

17. Sweet Potato And Rutabaga Mash

Combining the sweet and earthy flavors of sweet potato and rutabaga, this recipe makes for a taste so good you’ll definitely be coming back for seconds! In only 30 minutes, you’ll have a delicious dish everyone will enjoy. Simple ingredients and incredible flavor in no time at all!

18. Baked Apples And Rutabaga

This recipe for baked apples and rutabaga will have your kitchen smelling heavenly! It’s a quick and easy savory apple recipe made with sliced apple, rutabaga, and onion seasoned to perfection, then fried until aromatic and so flavorful. It’s simple, sweet, savory, and good-for-you!

19. Maple Glazed Rutabaga

This maple glazed rutabaga recipe combines the sweet flavor of maple with the earthy flavor of rutabaga perfectly. You won’t be able to put your fork down! This recipe is made with cubes of rutabaga tossed with ghee, maple syrup, and lime juice and seasoned with sweet and spicy seasonings. 

20. Rutabaga Puff

Setting aside one hour of your time to make this rutabaga puff will be so worth it when you taste just how good it is! This simple side dish is made with a layer of sweet brown sugar mashed rutabaga topped with crispy breadcrumbs. Just 20 minutes to prep!

21. Swede Pie

This vegan no-bake swede pie recipe is one of the tastiest desserts of all time! The maple syrup creates the perfect sweetness, and the ingredients come together to create a flavorful burst in every bite. Pair with your favorite regular or non-dairy ice cream for the ultimate dessert, and enjoy! You can thank us later.

22. Rutabaga Quiche

Looking for a new breakfast recipe to enjoy with your mornings? We’ve got you covered! This recipe for rutabaga quiche is as delicious as it is easy. This tasty dish is loaded up with crispy bacon, melty cheddar, and perfectly cooked rutabaga. It takes just 20 minutes to prep, easy to make ahead of time, and is the perfect way to start your day!

23. Rutabaga Rice

This rutabaga rice is the perfect simple substitution for regular rice in any meal. Pair it with a variety of veggies or proteins for a complete and delicious meal. This simple recipe takes just 25 minutes to come together and requires only 4 ingredients! 

24. Swede Cake

This swede nutmeg cake is about to be your new favorite dessert! It’s sweet flavor and soft texture will have your mouth watering. Top this vegetable cake with hazelnuts and creamy brown butter frosting for the perfect sweet treat ready in under an hour!

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Bowl of mashed rutabaga, diced rutabaga, and rutabaga soup.
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Rutabaga Recipes

By Heather
A group of delicious rutabaga recipes. Savory and sweet, there are many wonderful recipes to choose from including this easy boiled rutabaga.
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 25 minutes
Servings: 2


  • 1 rutabaga
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon unsalted butter


  • Clean, peel, and dice rutabaga into cubes.
  • Place the cubed rutabaga into a saucepan. Cover with cold water.
  • Bring the water to a boil and boil the rutabaga for about 20 minutes or until fork tender.
  • Drain the water and season rutabaga with salt, pepper, and butter.


Calories: 90kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 314mg | Potassium: 593mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 68IU | Vitamin C: 48mg | Calcium: 85mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
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