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Hail the humble Turnip!

Updated: Sep 30, 2021

simmered turnip kabu with fried tofy and sugar snaps in a soy base broth served in a hand made glazed Japanese fired clay bowl by kurumicooks delicious easy to make healthy Japanese Asian and Fusion cooking for your kitchen

My latest post is another recipe designed to help you recover from the excesses of Christmas and New Year. This dish is called Simmered Turnip with fried Tofu.

Turnip is a much under-rated vegetable here in the UK (in fact, more of it is fed to cattle here than humans which is crazy!) In Japan, turnip (known as kabu) is widely eaten in raw, cooked and also pickled forms. It's very good for you, containing high levels of vitamins a, c and k as well as folate and phosphorus.

My recipe doesn't use the leaves of the turnip but you can even eat those as well. Combining the turnip with fried tofu and some sugar snaps in a soy based broth gives you a tasty lunch or light dinner that's nutricious and calorie light on the one hand and tasty and satisfying on the other. The turnip and the tofu soak up the flavours of the broth quite easily, especially if you make this dish a few hours in advance.

If you want to try out this out, you can find the Youtube tutorial by clicking Simmered Turnip with fried Tofu or scroll to the bottom of the page. The written recipe is just below.

Happy cooking! Kurumi XXXX.

(PS: You can buy fried tofu at Asian supermarkets. It is also widely available online.)

If you would like to try out another turnip recipe, why not try my uber healthy Marinated Turnip and Choysum recipe?


Simmered Turnip with fried Tofu


(makes 2 servings)

300g turnip

1 tsp japanese dashi granules

1 tbsp soy sauce

2 tbsp mirin

1/2 salt

12 pieces fried tofu

10 sugar snaps


how to:

peel & quarter the turnip, and then cut each quarter into 4 segments

put the water, dashi granules, soy sauce & mirin in a frying pan and mix, then add the turnip & fried tofu

put a small lid on the top so the lid is in contact with the turnip and tofu, then bring to the boil and simmer for 8 mins

add the sugar snaps and simmer for a further 1-2 mins


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