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A super easy Christmas Parsnips recipe – maple roast parsnips. A foolproof Christmas side dish that’s perfect every time.

When you’re cooking a Christmas Dinner, it always seems to be a little stressful.

And that’s why we’ve put together a really delicious range of Christmas Side Dishes that are super easy to prepare and cook.

Maple roast parsnips are one of the easiest Christmas Dinner vegetables to prepare and cook, and they always taste just so good, you won’t be able to resist just popping them in your mouth!

And don’t worry, if you’re cooking for more than four people I’ve scaled up the ingredient quantities at the bottom to help out with making this easy vegetable side dish.

White bowl filled with Christmas parsnips that have been roasted in olive oil and maple syrup. Bowl is on top of a festive red table runner with Christmas tree and reindeer motif in white

Christmas Parsnips Ingredients

Our easy roasted parsnips just needs three ingredients – you’ll love how easy this Christmas recipe is!

christmas parsnips ingredients - unpeeled parsnips on a white plate next to a small cup of olive oil and a bottle of organic maple syrup - all on top of a red festive table runner with Christmas tree and reindeer motif in white
  • 500g parsnips
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 2 tbs maple syrup

Equipment Needed

  • Chopping board
  • Sharp vegetable knife
  • Saucepan
  • Tablespoon
  • Roasting tin

How To Cook Christmas Parsnips

You’ll really like how easy our maple roast parsnips for Christmas Dinner are to make!

Step 1 – warm up the oven

  • Preheat the oven to 200C / 400F / 180C fan / Gas Mark 6

Step 2how to cook parsnips ready for roasting

  • Peel the parsnips and slice into evenly sized wedges. If you’re wondering should you peel parsnips before roasting I usually use the rule of if they’re young parsnips then I just scrub well and keep the skin, and if they’re older parsnips I peel.
  • Put them into a saucepan, cover them in cold water, add a pinch of salt and then bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 2-3 minutes until they are just parboiled and a little tender – don’t over cook them or they’ll be too mushy to roast.
Black Le Creuset saucepan filled with peeled parsnips that have been chopped into batons, all covered in salted water

Step 3 – add the maple glaze

  • Place an empty roasting tin into the oven to heat up – don’t add any oil.
  • Drain the parsnips and then return them to the pan.
Parboiled parsnips in a Le Creuset saucepan on a wooden chopping board next to a bottle of Organic maple syrup and small white cup with olive oil in it
  • Then pour over the olive oil and maple syrup and toss gently in the pan to make sure all the parsnips are coated.
Parboiled parsnips coated in olive oil and maple syrup in a black Le Creuset saucepan

Step 3 – how to roast parsnips

  • Get the heated roasting tin out of the oven and tip the maple glazed Christmas parsnips into the hot tray. Give the tray a shake to make sure they’re evenly spread and in a single layer.
Parboiled parsnips coated in olive oil and maple syrup in a hot white enamel roasting tin
  • Put the Christmas parsnips into the oven to roast for about 30 minutes (cooking time will depend on how thin/fat you cut the wedges)

Step 4 – serve the Christmas parsnips

  • You’ll know the parsnips are cooked when they start to caramelise and turn deliciously browned on the edges.
Christmas parsnips roasted with olive oil and maple syrup in a white enamel roasting tin
  • Tip the maple roast parsnips into a serving bowl and add to your Christmas Dinner table alongside your other Christmas side dishes.
White bowl filled with Christmas parsnips that have been roasted in olive oil and maple syrup. Bowl is on top of a festive red table runner with Christmas tree and reindeer motif in white

Christmas Parsnips Recipe Variations

Okay so we’ve given you a totally yummy way to serve your parsnips Christmas style, but you can make this glazed parsnips recipe in your own way, try…

  • Adding in some carrots too amongst the parsnips and cook them together. 
  • Add some spices, try a grating of whole nutmeg or sprinkling of cinnamon on the roasted parsnips.
  • Skip the maple syrup and use honey instead for a lovely sweet glazed parsnips recipe.

Christmas Roasted Parsnips Recipe Tips!

  • Prepare ahead of time – If you’re wondering if you can pre-cook parsnips for Christmas I’d say yes, BUT… don’t peel parsnips way ahead of when you cook them otherwise they tend to brown. If you want to make this Christmas Dinner side dish in advance, cook it completely and reheat from cooked and cooled.
  • How to reheat the parsnips – once cooked you can tip the parsnips into a bowl and then cool, store them covered in the fridge for up to a day and then reheat in the microwave for a few minutes then serve. They won’t be as crisp as they were straight from the oven but they’ll still be really tasty. And hey.. once they’re covered in gravy you’ll not miss the crisp bite anyway!

Christmas Side Dishes

Get even more tasty Christmas vegetables and Christmas Dinner side dishes here. 

Christmas Parsnips – Ingredients Quantities When Feeding A Crowd

If you’ve got guests for Christmas Dinner then here’s our easy scaled up Parsnips Christmas Dinner Recipe ingredients to feed 6, 8 and 12

Christmas Parsnips – To Feed 6

  • 650g parsnips
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup

Christmas Carrots – To Feed 8

  • 800g parsnips
  • 3 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup

Christmas Carrots – To Feed 12

  • 1.2kg parsnips
  • 5 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 tbsp maple syrup

Cooks Note! – The cooking time should be around the same 30 minutes, you can always check carefully and then reseal the package if they’re not quite done to your liking. 

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Christmas Roasted Parsnips Recipe

Yield: Serves 4

Christmas Parsnips

White bowl filled with Christmas parsnips that have been roasted in olive oil and maple syrup. Bowl is on top of a festive red table runner with Christmas tree and reindeer motif in white

Delicious easy maple roasted parnsips for Christmas - super simple Christmas side dish

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • 500g Parsnips
  • 2 tbsp Olive oil
  • 2 tbsp Maple syrup

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 200C / 400F / 180C fan / Gas Mark 6
  2. Peel the parsnips and slice into evenly sized wedges.
  3. Put them into a saucepan, cover them in cold water, add a pinch of salt and then bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 2-3 minutes until they are just parboiled and a little tender – don’t over cook them or they’ll be too mushy to roast.
  4. Place an empty roasting tin into the oven to heat up – don’t add any oil.
  5. Drain the parsnips and then return them to the pan.
  6. Then pour over the olive oil and maple syrup and toss gently in the pan to make sure all the parsnips are coated.
  7. Get the heated roasting tin out of the oven and tip the maple glazed Christmas parsnips into the hot tray. Give the tray a shake to make sure they’re evenly spread and in a single layer.
  8. Put the Christmas parsnips into the oven to roast for about 30 minutes (cooking time will depend on how thin/fat you cut the wedges)
  9. You'll know the parsnips are cooked when they start to caramelise and turn deliciously browned on the edges.
  10. Tip the maple roast parsnips into a serving bowl and add to your Christmas Dinner table alongside your other Christmas side dishes.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 174Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 14mgCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 5gSugar: 12gProtein: 2g

Nutritional content will vary depending on the exact ingredients you use and how careful you are with measuring - this nutritional information is given as a general guide only and may not be accurate - you should always calculate your own nutritional information especially if you have specific dietary requirements.

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