Skillet Roasted Parsnips and Carrots

Skillet Roasted Parsnips and Carrots
Skillet Roasted Parsnips and Carrots

Parsnips and carrots are a classic fall side dish.  It’s best to use parsnips less than an inch wide, as wider parsnips tend to have tough, fibrous cores that are best trimmed and discarded.  Using warm water will help the sugar dissolve more readily. This recipe comes from Cook’s Illustrated and can also be found on genius kitchen.  Serves 6-8.


3 Tablespoons oil
1½ lb parsnips
1½ lb carrots – both peeled and cut diagonally in ½” thick pieces
¾ cup warm water
1½ teaspoons sugar
salt and pepper
1 Tablespoon finely chopped fresh parsley


  1. Heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat until shimmering.  Cook carrots and parsnips, stirring occasionally, until golden brown, 12 to 14 minutes.
  2. Whisk water, sugar, and 1 teaspoon salt in small bowl until sugar dissolves.
  3. Add water mixture to skillet and cook covered, stirring occasionally, over medium-low heat until vegetables are tender and liquid has evaporated, 12 to 14 minutes.
  4. Stir in parsley and season with salt and pepper.

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