Once you have tried this easy recipe for honey roasted swede chips, you won't want to be slaving over a masher again!
These roast swede chips aren't just healthy, but are absolutely delicious. Roasting the swede with a little honey brings out it's natural sweetness and nutiness, and it really concentrates the flavour too.
Perfect as a side dish for your Sunday roast, a low carb fries snack with a dip or a side dish for lasagne or cottage pie, these chips are so easy and cook in the same time as roast potatoes to make life easier.
I love all vegetables, but following my discovery that I loved carrots more when the were roasted, I started to wonder, can I roast swede?
Obviously, it turns out that you can and it's so much better. I grew up eating swede mashed, with dishes like gammon or mixed with carrots. However, there is so much chopping before cooking and so much mashing after cooking, that it really is a bit of a workout. Then, of course, I end up adding lashings of butter to try and give it the flavour that boiling and steaming seems to take away. It was definitely time for a change!
Swede, also known as a rutabaga in north America, gets its name in the UK as it was known as a Swedish turnip. Rutabaga is from the Swedish name rotabagge. And then it get confusing, as in Scotland it is also known as turnip or neeps. The term neeps and tatties referring to swede mashed with potatoes.
My roast swede chips are simply flavoured with honey and thyme, as I love them with a roast dinner. However, there are lots of flavour variations to try too.
Why you will love this recipe
- Full of vitamins, antioxidants, low in fat and high in fibre.
- Low carb fries, perfect for dipping in ketchup or spicy yogurt.
- Cooks at the same time as roast potatoes for easy dinner planning.
- Sweet, nutty, earthy flavour from roasting.
- Great for a side dish or to replace potatoes.
- Easy and no fuss recipe.
- Only 132 calories a portion.
- Swede - usually bought whole or halves. You will need a medium swede which is approximately 800g.
- Oil - vegetable oil such as sunflower, rapeseed or canola.
- Honey - to enhance the natural sweetness of the roast swede.
- Seasoning - salt and freshly ground black pepper.
- Thyme - fresh thyme for its aromatic flavour.
See recipe card for quantities.
- shallow baking tray
- mixing bowl
- aluminium foil
- large sharp knife
- cutting board
- spatula / fish slice
How to make the swede chips.
Peel the swede and cut into chips or fries about 1.5 centimetres or about half an inch.
💭 Top Tip
- Depending on the side of your swede they can be quite difficult to cut safely. I tend to peel it whole and then slice off the ends with a knife. Now you have a flat end to cut into to keep it stable on the work surface. Next, cut it in half and then cut into slices then into fries.
Put the oil and seasoning into a large bowl and add the swede chips.
Stir thoroughly so that they are all coated in the oil.
Line a shallow baking tray with foil.
Lay out the swede in a single layer.
⏲️ Baking Time
Preheat the oven to 180 C / 350 F / 160 FAN / Gas 4.
Roast the swede for 30 minutes.
Turn the roasted swede chips over with a spatula, drizzle over the honey and scatter over the leaves from the thyme.
Return to the oven for 10 minutes.
Serve and enjoy.
🥗 Side Dishes
Serve with your favourite dip or just some ketchup or mayonnaise.
I really love to serve the roast swede with roast meats, especially beef, so that they can go in at the same times as the roast potatoes.
- Roast Venison Haunch
- Beef Olives
- Simple Roast Gammon
- Rib of Beef
- Slow Cooked Lamb Shoulder
- Jacob's Ladder Beef
- Pheasant Breast with Mushroom Sauce
- Slow Cooker Brisket and Gravy
- Thyme - if you don't have fresh thyme then use dried thyme.
💭 Top Tip
- If you don't have fresh herbs use a teaspoon of dried herbs for every tablespoon of chopped fresh.
- Spicy - add half a teaspoon of chilli powder or chilli flakes or smoked paprika with the oil.
- Vegetables - you can cook many root vegetables this way. Try carrots, beetroot, parsnips, celeriac and turnips.
- Refrigerator - store leftovers in a covered dish for up to 5 days.
- Freezer - cool and freeze in sealed containers for up to 6 months.
- To reheat - place on a baking sheet and reheat in the oven at 180 C / 350 F / 160 FAN / Gas 4.
🍱 Prepare in Advance
- Use a plastic bag rather than a bowl to mix the swede with the oil and seasoning. Pleace in the fridge for up to 3 days in advance.
Swedes and turnips come from the same root vegetable family and taste very similar when cooked.
Turnips are smaller and have more of a white skin, whereas swedes or rutabagas are much larger with more of a tough creamy yellow skins.
Like parsnips, swedes do taste better when they have had the first winter frost. Originating in Sweden, swedes needed to be a very hardy vegetable, so they are happy in very cold grounds
A swede is quite a large vegetable that doesn't have a high water content.
Generally swede is boiled or steamed and it does take about 40 minutes to become tender enough to mash.
Roasted swede chips take the same time to cook in the oven, but it seems to be better value to cook them like this when you are roasting meat or potatoes at the same time.
In Scotland the term swede can often refer to swedes of turnips interchangeably.
'Neeps and tatties' are a Scottish dish that is often served with haggis. It consists of mashed potato and mashed swede served with the haggis. Sometimes the potatoes and swede are mashed together.
More sides dishes like this
- Honey Roast Carrots and Parsnips
- Easy Roast Potatoes
- Roasted Courgettes
- Savoy Cabbage
- Chateau Potatoes
- Smashed Potatoes
- Sweet Potato Fries
Honey Roasted Swede Chips
- shallow baking tray
- Mixing bowl
- Aluminium foil
- Large sharp knife
- cutting board
- spatula / fish slice
- 1 swede rutabaga
- 2 tbsp honey
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- 2 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon thyme fresh, chopped
- Peel the swede and cut into chips or fries about 1.5 centimetres or about half an inch.
- Put the oil and seasoning into a large bowl and add the swede chips. Stir thoroughly so that they are all coated in the oil.
- Line a shallow baking tray with foil and lay out the swede in a single layer.
- Preheat the oven to 180 C / 350 F / 160 FAN / Gas 4.
- Roast the swede for 30 minutes.
- Turn the roasted swede chips over with a spatula, drizzle over the honey and scatter over the leaves from the thyme.
- Return to the oven for 10 minutes.
Disclaimer: The nutritional information provided is approximate and is calculated using online tools. Information can vary depending on various factors, but we have endeavoured to be as accurate as possible.
Detailed instructions for this recipe, including step by step photographs, hints and tips, can be found in the main article
More side dishes to try
- Do not use the same utensils on cooked food, that previously touched raw meat.
- Wash hands after touching raw meat.
- Don't leave food sitting out at room temperature for extended periods.
- Never leave cooking food unattended.
- Use oils with high smoking point to avoid harmful compounds.
- Always have good ventilation when using gas.
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That looks delicious. Would you believe I've never had rutabaga before? They sound like they're tasty, though. I'm going to try this tomorrow. I have to go grocery shopping, and I know my store has these.
Oooh, such a fantastic use for rutabaga! The flavors sound absolutely incredible with the addition of the honey. Yum!
I love these as a healthy snack option when I am trying to survive the long afternoon!
I never thought to make rutabaga fries until I saw your recipe but they were so good! I will definitely be making these again for our BBQ!
I'm always looking for healthier snacks, and this one looks amazing! Can't wait to try these chips!
We love these as an alternative to chips. They make such a nice change.
I never prepared roasted swede chips before, and it is a total discovery for me! My kids loved it, thanks!
What a totally delicious way to eat swede! Crispy skins, the gorgeous honey flavours caramelised on the outside. Will definitely be making these a lot.
These are delicious and addicting will make them often they are so good!
These look like the tastiest root veggie fries EVER!!! Love this unique way to prepare Swede!