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Turnip Greens with Diced Turnips printable recipe as seen on Taste of

Turnip Greens with Diced Turnips Recipe

  • Author: Steve Gordon
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 2-3 Servings 1x
  • Category: Side Dishes
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American


Follow step-by-step, photo illustrated instructions to make our special Turnip Greens with Diced Turnips Recipe. Fresh turnip greens and turnips are a cold weather delight. We’ll visit our North Carolina State Farmer’s Market to pick up some fresh greens, then cook them up with some pork seasoning for a hearty dish that goes great as a side, or as a meal on its own.



  • 2 lbs of fresh young Turnip Greens
  • 4 Turnips, small to medium size.
  • 2 ozs. Pork Seasoning meat
  • 1 Tablespoon Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • ½ teaspoon Black Pepper


Greens must be washed thoroughly to remove any dirt and bugs.

  1. Place about 6 cups water in a large sauce pot, over Medium-High heat. Bring to a boil.
  2. Add the pork meat. Reduce heat to Medium.
  3. Let pork boil for about 30 minutes while you wash and prepare the greens and turnips.
  4. Place greens in a large pan, or your sink, fill with cold water and add a Tablespoon of Salt. Salt helps to kill any bugs that might be hiding in the leaves.
  5. Rinse the greens by hand. Drain off the dirty water. Repeat washing until water runs clean.
  6. Wash, peel and dice the turnips into small cubes, about ½ inch thick.
  7. Place diced turnips in a bowl of water to keep them from turning color.
  8. Place washed greens in the sauce pot, adding a little at a time, until all have been added.
  9. Let water come back up to a low boil.
  10. Cover the pot, and let greens simmer for 15 minutes.
  11. Keep a close watch that all the liquid doesn’t boil away. You can add more water if needed.
  12. After 15-20 minutes, remove the lid and…
  13. Add Sugar.
  14. Add Salt.
  15. Add Black Pepper.
  16. Place the diced turnips in the pot. Stir well and cover again.
  17. Let greens, and the turnips, simmer over medium-low heat until both are tender. About 15-20 minutes.
  18. Remove from heat.
  19. Using a slotted spoon, place the cooked greens in a bowl and chop as desired.
  20. Add any leftover “pot likker” as desired.
  21. Serve warm and Enjoy!


Some folks add a little vinegar to cut down on the aroma of the turnips while cooking.

Place about half a cup of vinegar in a small bowl on the stove, this will also absorb most of the odors.

Serve with vinegar or hot peppers in vinegar. Or, maybe some chopped onions.

Keywords: Turnip Greens with Diced Turnips Recipe, made from scratch, fresh turnip greens, side meat, southern recipes