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Garlic Butter Roasted Parsnips

Garlic Butter Roasted Parsnips – Our hearty, rustic roasted parsnips recipe with a luscious garlic butter sauce makes the perfect side dish for a comforting winter meal.

garlic butter roasted parsnips recipe

Hearty, earthy parsnips are a jewel of the root vegetable world. But whenever I recommend them to family and friends, I always get the same question…

What actually is a parsnip?

This tubular veggie is like a cross between a carrot and a potato. Parsnips have a lightly sweet taste, with a touch of bitterness, and starchiness that is similar to a yam (not to be confused with the much-sweeter sweet potato). They are terrific for showcasing the flavors of whatever is cooked along with them, including garlic and bold spices.

parsnips roasted with butter and garlic

Oven Roasted Garlic Butter Parsnips

The next question I am asked, naturally, is… Ok but how do you cook parsnips?

Even though just about everyone realizes how much they love them once they get a taste, most people do not know what to actually do with fresh parsnips at home.

The easiest (and in my opinion, most delicious) way to prepare them is to slice and roast the parsnips in the oven, and then toss them with a luscious garlic butter!

When you cook parsnips in the oven they get baked to perfection, with a lightly caramelized and crispy outside, and firm but tender inside. These buttery, garlic-y veggie morsels pair perfectly with just about any main dish as a scrumptious, healthy(ish) side.

If you are not yet a fan be prepared… This Garlic Butter Roasted Parsnips recipe is guaranteed to make a passionate parsnip fanatic out of anyone!

a roasted parsnip with parsley

What Ingredients You Need

You will love how few ingredients are needed to make this easy and rustic side dish. The earthy, fresh parsnip flavor really shines through when roasted and coated in a simple garlic butter!

Here is everything you need to make the best Roasted Parsnips recipe:

  • Parsnipspeeled and chopped
  • Olive oilor your favorite high heat oil for roasting
  • Melted butterfor making the garlic butter sauce
  • Garlicfinely minced
  • Parsleyfresh, chopped
  • Salt and pepperto taste

Feel free to add additional spices to compliment your main dish. Try adding Italian seasoning, red pepper flakes for a kick of heat, or dried rosemary for even more herbaceous goodness.

raw veggies up close

How to Cook Garlic Butter Parsnips in the Oven

The best roasted parsnips recipe is easy to make in only a few simple steps!

First, preheat the oven to 425 degrees F, and set out a large rimmed baking sheet. Prep the parsnips and place them on the baking sheet.

Then, drizzle the parsnips with olive oil. Toss to coat and spread them out on the baking sheet. Generously sprinkle with salt and pepper, and bake until fork-tender.

baked parsnips

Meanwhile, melt the butter in the microwave as you mince the garlic and chop the parsley. Then mix the garlic and parsley into the melted butter.

Once the parsnips are soft, pour the garlic butter over the top.

garlic butter sauce

Toss the parsnips and bake for another few minutes until golden. Serve warm with your choice of hearty main dishes.

While roasted parsnips definitely taste the best when eaten immediately, leftovers will keep well in an airtight fridge for up to 4 days.

Reheat in a preheated oven until just warm to keep the garlic butter parsnips as tender as possible.

Get the Complete (Printable) Garlic Butter Roasted Parsnips Recipe Below. Enjoy!

oven roasted baked parsnips with garlic butter

What Goes Well with Oven Roasted Garlic Butter Parsnips?

This simple yet elegant side is fabulous for serving with savory chicken and pork dishes.

Try it with Garlic Herb Spatchcock Chicken, Perfect Baked Chicken Thighs, or Magic 2-Ingredient Grilled Pork Tenderloin.

It’s also a perfect side dish to serve with Crock Pot Pork Tenderloin with Apples and Onions during the fall and winter.

How Can I Make Dairy-Free Vegan Roasted Parsnips?

Swap dairy butter with your favorite plant-based butter alternative for an easy vegan-friendly substitute.

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Garlic Butter Roasted Parsnips

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
A hearty, rustic oven roasted parsnips recipe that features a luscious garlic butter sauce for a delicious and comforting winter side dish!
Servings: 6 servings


  • 2 ½ pounds large parsnips
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 5 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1-2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley
  • Salt and pepper


  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Set out a large rimmed baking sheet.
  • Peel the parsnips and slice them into ½ inch rounds. Cut the largest pieces in half.
  • Place the parsnips on the baking sheet. Drizzle the parsnips with olive oil. Toss to coat, then spread them out on the baking sheet. Generously sprinkle the parsnips with salt and pepper.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes, until fork-tender.
  • Meanwhile, mince the garlic and chop the parsley. Mix them into the melted butter.
  • Once the parsnips are soft, pour the garlic butter over the top. Toss the parsnips and bake another 3-5 minutes. Serve immediately.



Serving: 1serving, Calories: 268kcal, Carbohydrates: 34g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 15g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Cholesterol: 25mg, Sodium: 103mg, Potassium: 716mg, Fiber: 9g, Sugar: 9g, Vitamin A: 404IU, Vitamin C: 34mg, Calcium: 73mg, Iron: 1mg
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Author: Sommer Collier

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6 comments on “Garlic Butter Roasted Parsnips”

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  2. I love that you’ve taken another vegetable and made it something that my kids will love!

  3. This was so easy to make! We loved it!

  4. I love how easy this is! My family loved it!

  5. This is the perfect way to cook parsnips 

  6. I’m going to take this recipe ONE step further and will create Smoked Garlic Butter Parsnips for Thanksgiving!

    Thank you Sommer and I wish you a tasty day tomorrow!!