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Smoky parsnip fries

Total Time
50 min
10 min
40 min
Move over potatoes, these parsnips are the new go-to for tasty, oven-baked fries. Although they look like pale carrots, parsnips are actually creamy-white roots with a distinct flavor that's all their own. They're fabulous roasted, slightly sweet with a nice bite. Simple to prepare, these smoky fries are ready to serve in under an hour. Smoked paprika brings the distinct flavor and comes in a sweet and hot variety giving you easy options for your version. Serve these with meatloaf or alongside your favorite burger recipe. They also are a great pairing with baked Tofu dishes for a vegetarian dinner idea or whip up a batch for a filling and tasty snack. For nicer meals, cube the parsnips and proceed with the recipe for a new side dish option.


Uncooked parsnip(s)

1½ pound(s), peeled (6 medium)

Olive oil

1½ Tbsp


½ Tbsp, mild smoked, divided

Table salt

½ tsp, divided


  1. Preheat oven to 425ºF. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper.
  2. Cut each parsnip in half crosswise, then slice thinner ends in half lengthwise. Slice larger ends in half lengthwise, then cut these pieces into 3 or 4 sticks to match those from thinner ends (you should have 48 fries).
  3. In a large bowl, toss fries with oil, 1 tsp paprika and 1/4 tsp salt until evenly coated; spread on prepared pan making sure fries do not touch or overlap.
  4. Bake for 20 minutes; remove from oven and flip fries. Continue baking until tender and browned, about 20 minutes. Transfer pan to a wire rack and sprinkle with remaining 1/2 tsp paprika and 1/4 tsp salt. Toss well and serve.
  5. Serving size: 8 fries