Maple roast parsnips with sesame seeds recipe

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  • Vegetarian
serves: 4
Skill: easy
Cost: cheap
5-a-day: 1
Cooking: 40 min
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  • The aroma of roasting parsnips is really irresistible – and adding maple syrup makes them even more delicious


    • 700g (1lb 9oz) parsnips, peeled
    • 25g (1oz) butter
    • 2tbsp maple syrup
    • 3tbsp sesame seeds, lightly toasted
    • Salt and freshly ground pepper


    • Preheat oven to 220°C (425°F, gas mark 7). Cut the parsnips in half lengthways and in half again. Add to a pan of boiling salted water and parboil for 2 mins. Drain well.

    • Place the butter and maple syrup in a small pan or microwave and heat gently.

    • Transfer the parsnips to a roasting tin then brush with the maple mixture and season to taste. Cook, shaking the pan frequently, for 30 mins or until golden brown.

    • Sprinkle over the sesame seeds and return to the oven for 5 mins. Transfer to a warm serving dish.

    Top tip for making Maple roast parsnips with sesame seeds

    If you're using older, tougher parsnips, cut them into quarters and remove the woody cores.

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