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Perfectly cooked instant pot turnips. Using the instant pot pressure cooker, we are going to show you an easy method to pressure cook turnips.

Forget boiled turnips, these steamed turnips taste delicious, are easy prep and you can serve them with some butter for a quick side or make mashed turnips.

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Cooking Turnips

Whenever I mention to a Brit that I am cooking turnips they always assume I mean swede. Because swede and turnips are often confused for each other. Especially when more Brits eat swede than they do turnips.

Check out our post about turnip vs swede.

A typical Brit will have a Sunday roast dinner that includes swede and carrot mash, which is the two veggies mashed together and it is so delicious that I always have to go back for seconds.

But hang on a minute, if you live in the US you might not have heard of swede, that is because in the United States it is known as rutabaga.

I have also avoided turnips for many years and always said they were awful compared to swede. I tried turnips in Portugal, and they were so bitter I could never eat more than one fork portion of it.

Then fast forward to earlier this year and I picked some up from my local greengrocers and they were so, so good. No bitterness, just pure deliciousness and now I am back in love with the trusted turnip and wanted to share with you cooking turnip using the instant pot or any electric pressure cooker.

Today, we are going to show you how to steam turnips, best way to cook turnips and so much more.

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Can You Cook Turnips In The Instant Pot?

Yes, you can cook turnips in the instant pot, and you will love them. You can keep it simple and load them into the instant pot like you are doing boiled turnips and then transform them into turnip mash.

Or like we do, make steamed turnips and then serve them with some butter and a sprinkle of your favourite seasonings.

Best Way To Cook Turnips?

The best way to cook and eat turnips is to use a steamer basket and steam the turnips. Then you can eat the turnips like you would with potatoes. You can mash them (most people’s favourite method). You can cube them, or you could even make them into turnip fries.

Do You Peel Turnips?

Yes, you do peel turnips. Before cooking turnips in instant pot you will need to peel them and then dice them ready for pressure cooking.

Chef Dom says the easiest method is to top and tail them first and then finish the peeling process.

How Long Does It Take For Turnips To Get Soft?

It takes JUST 3 minutes for turnips to get soft. Or as I would refer to them, as fork tender turnips.

Isn’t that fast for cooked turnips? Though of course, it doesn’t include the time to pressure, just the cooking of them.

Do Turnips Take Longer To Cook Than Carrots?

If you take a look at our instant pot carrots recipe you will see the carrots take 3 minutes pressure cooked. The exact same time as this cooked turnip.

Therefore, if you would like to do cubed carrots and cubed turnips, you can pressure cook them together at the same time.

What About Instant Pot Mashed Turnips?

If you wanted to make instant pot mashed turnips, then this turnips recipe is ideal. Just finish the recipe by mashing the turnip and adding in a little milk and some butter and some extra seasoning.

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Instant Pot Turnip Ingredients

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Turnips – You can do as many, or as few, that will fit into your instant pot steamer basket. I find that doing a batch of 7 medium turnips is ideal for feeding a family of four for dinner, as a side dish.

Onions – I always start with some onion that I sauté in the instant pot with some extra virgin olive oil.

Stock. You can opt for filling the instant pot with water or stock for you to take the instant pot to pressure. I usually use water if just steaming turnips, but if I want to transform the turnips into a veggie mash, then I will opt for stock.

Seasoning – Then you will need some seasoning. I love salt and pepper, plus some mixed herbs. Bouquet garni is my favourite, but mixed Italian seasoning also works well.

Optional – I just love my pressure cooker turnips with a little butter, but of course you can skip this step if you want to avoid extra fat.

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How Do You Cook Turnips In Instant Pot?

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  • Pour. Add to the instant pot inner pot water or stock, that is enough to bring the instant pot to pressure.
  • Peel. Next cut the top and bottoms off the turnips and then peel each turnip. Then using a chopping board, chop the turnips into cubes like you would if you were making our air fryer breakfast potatoes.
  • Load. Add to the instant pot the steamer basket and then spread over the steamer basket the prepared turnip cubes. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Cook. Place the lid on the instant pot then cook turnips in instant pot for 3 minutes, followed by a quick pressure release.
  • Serve. The turnip instant pot recipe just needs a fork test now to make sure they are fork tender and then you can serve with some butter and your favourite seasonings.

How Long To Cook Turnip In Pressure Cooker?

For pressure cooking turnips into cubes like we have done we recommend 3 minutes and this will result in fork tender, soft turnips.

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Instant Pot Turnips

Perfectly cooked instant pot turnips. Using the instant pot pressure cooker, we are going to show you an easy method to pressure cook turnips.

Prep Time10 minutes mins

Cook Time3 minutes mins

Total Time13 minutes mins

Course: Side Dish

Cuisine: Instant Pot

Servings: 4

Calories: 78kcal



  • 7 Medium Turnips
  • 1 Tsp Dried Herbs
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 2 Tsp Butter optional



  • Let’s get cooking turnip! Place 1.5 cups (360ml) of water into your instant pot. Then add your steamer basket ready for loading up with turnips.

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  • Next peel and dice your turnip into medium cubes and load them into the steamer basket.

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  • Season the turnips with salt and pepper and some mixed herbs and then add the lid, set the valve to sealing and pressure cook turnip for 3 minutes followed by a quick pressure release.

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  • Do a fork test to make sure the instant pot turnips are soft.

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  • Transfer the turnips to a serving dish and season with extra salt and pepper and little portions of butter.

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Liquid. If I am just steaming turnips I don’t bother with any instant pot veggie stock and just use water.

Thanks for reading our turnips instant pot recipe on Recipe This. We have many more instant pot recipes for you to check out next. Though if you would like to see more veggie recipes then do check out our instant pot potatoes and carrots next.


Calories: 78kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 159mg | Potassium: 410mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 72IU | Vitamin C: 45mg | Calcium: 69mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition InfoPlease Note: Nutrition values are our best estimate based on the software we use at Recipe This and are meant as a guide. If you rely on them for your diet, use your preferred nutrition calculator.

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