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Sautéed Japanese Turnips and Komatsuna

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If you are reading the title of my recipe and thinking to yourself “Is this Nutmeg Nanny? Did I click on the wrong blog” I completely understand.   I have been posting A LOT of green foods lately. I’m not sure what is wrong with me. I’m hoping to get out of that rut soon Smile However, I have also decided to participate in a CSA this summer. So that means lots and lots of fresh vegetables that need to be prepared each and every week.  Last week I was given Japanese turnips and komatsuna. Two things I have never cooked with in my life.

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I called the farm and was told they both could be eaten raw or gently sautéed.  I went the sautéed route and decided to throw them together.  I found the turnips to have a slight cabbage heart taste, (the cabbage heart is the light part in the middle of the head of cabbage. Most people do not eat this part, I personally really like it) which is a bit peppery.  However, the pepperiness mellows out after the sautéing. The komatsuna has a slightly bitter taste and has the texture of spinach.  They seemed to pair quite lovely together.  I know we enjoyed it….we ate the whole pan!


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Sauteed Japanese Turnips and Komatsuna

Yield: 2 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes


1 bunch Japanese turnips – washed, stems removed, and cut into 1/2 inch thick slices
1 bunch komatsuna – washed and stems cut off
1/2 onion – diced
Olive oil

Nutmeg Nanny


In a large sauté pan, over medium heat, heat a few drizzles of olive oil. Once hot, cook onion until they start to soften. Add turnips and cook until slightly brown and soft. Approximately 5-7 minutes. Once turnips reach desired doneness throw in komatsuna and sauté for about 2 minutes. Once the komatsuna is softened, flavor with salt and pepper, take of the heat and enjoy.

Japanese Turnips aka Harukei Turnips|Greenlnig Austin|San Antonio

Tuesday 7th of May 2013

[...] Fry them up with their greens! [...]

kitchen koala

Tuesday 28th of June 2011

It's great that you guys are participating in a CSA; wish we had those around these parts. I've never seen Japanese turnips or heard of komatsuna before, but they look pretty tasty in your photos! At first I thought the turnips were radishes :)


Sunday 26th of June 2011

Brandy, I have to tell you I was a bit shocked to see all those veggies. You go girl, sounds like that CSA box will be life changing. These veggies look fabulous!


Friday 24th of June 2011

I've never had either of these veggies -- that's the brilliance of a CSA! I wish I could find one just a little bit closer to my house because I'd be all over that!

Emily @Cleanliness

Friday 24th of June 2011

I do love this!