Rutabaga Oven “Fries”

Rutabagas are on sale at No Frills this week, 10lbs for $5.00.  If this doesn’t excite you, I completely understand. For many years, when I thought of Rutabaga, it conjured up memories of a mushy,  bitter side dish on the holiday dinner table. With the dawning of Pinterest, I realized that there is a better way to actually enjoy this nutritious, inexpensive root vegetable.

Not only is this a tasty way to prepare them, it is perfect for those who are watching their carb intake but need a “french fry” fix. They’re not as crunchy, but still delicious! Feel free to use whatever spices you like, but salt, pepper and garlic powder are a must for me. You could add something spicy like cayenne or Cajun seasoning,  a lemon herb blend, even some parmesan cheese. Use whatever oil you like too.


1 medium Rutabaga, peeled and cut into spears

1 Tsp garlic powder

salt and pepper to taste

1 tsp onion powder

1 tsp paprika

1-2 Tsp olive oil


Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

In a large bowl, combine rutabaga spears with oil and spices. Toss until coated evenly.

Spread evenly on a foil lined baking sheet, but do not crowd too close together. Bake until the “fries” are tender inside and crisped on the outside, about 45 minutes.

Serves 4


Recipe adapted from





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