Eating Green: 3 Turnip Greens Recipes

Turnip greens have small and tender leaves that can be prepared a number of ways for a great side dish to any meal. A traditional part of much Southern cooking, turnip greens are a great accompaniment with black eyed peas and rice, but with these versatile recipes, the options are endless. Here are 3 great turnip greens recipes for you to try out.

Turnip Green Preparation

Though turnip greens are more tender than collard greens, they are generally prepared similarly. To start with the preparation, turnip greens must be thoroughly washed. To do so, fill up a sink and soak them for about 5 to 10 minutes in water. Move them around in the water, continuously dunking them below the surface so that any dirt lodged on them is removed. You will then cut them in narrow strips and set them aside while you prepare the other ingredients for your recipe.

Turnip Green Recipe #1: Cajun Turnip Greens


  • 2 pounds turnip greens
  • 2 turnips, peeled and diced
  • Ham or smoked pork sausage
  • 4 to 6 cups of chicken stock
  • 3 cups of onion, celery, bell pepper and garlic, chopped and combined
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning

Begin by preparing all ingredients. Cook your seasoning meat, drain (reserving the grease) and cut up. Pour 2 tablespoons reserved grease into a stock pot and sauté the onion, celery, bell pepper and garlic for 5 minutes. Add the chicken stock and diced turnip and bring to a boil, cooking for 15 minutes. Add the greens, meat and seasonings. Cook over a medium-low heat for about 45 minutes.

Turnip Green Recipe #2: Vegetarian Turnip Greens


  • 2 pounds turnip greens
  • 1 shallot, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1 cup vegetable stock
  • 1 teaspoon pepper flakes
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • ½ chopped pecans
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Black pepper

Heat olive oil in a large pot. Saute garlic, shallot and pepper flakes until tender. Add the cleaned and cut turnip greens and mix. Saute until the greens wilt and add pepper to taste. Meanwhile, in another bowl, combine the mustard and vegetable stock and whisk together. Add to the pot and cook the greens until the liquid is virtually gone. Remove from heat and add the pecans.

Turnip Green Recipe #3: African Turnip Greens


  • 2 pounds turnip greens
  • 6 to 8 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons hot pepper sauce
  • 5 tablespoons peanut butter

Boil water in a large pot, add cut greens and stir, slowly working all the greens into the water as it returns to a boil. Once all the greens are wilted and in the water, add the peanut butter, stirring until it melts into the water. Add the hot pepper sauce and garlic and stir. Reduce heat to low and simmer uncovered for 1 hour. When the water has boiled away, your greens are ready to eat. You can continue to cook these for up to 2 hours, but you will need to add more water to keep them from sticking.