Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Kohlrabi: A Childhood Favorite

Growing up, my mom grew lots of kohlrabi, also know as German turnips, in her garden, and I loved eating them raw. They are part of the cabbage family, taste slightly sweet and are crisp (if they are fresh). I also liked them cooked; my mom usually sautéed them, and that’s what I did with the ones I bought.

I don’t find kohlrabi often at the Farmers’ Market around here, but when I do, I always buy some. The ones I picked up on Saturday were rather large, but I got lucky and they turned out to be crispy, tender and slightly sweet.

Sautéed Kohlrabi

  • 3 kohlrabi
  • Oil
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/4 cup vegetable broth
  • salt
  • pepper
  • dried dill
I started by cutting the bottom and the top off and peeling each kohlrabi all around with a knife.

Next, I cut each in half and sliced the halves. Kohlrabi taste great just like this. But I was going to cook them for dinner; well, okay, I did eat my fair share raw… Winking smile

  • Next I sautéed some onions and garlic in a bit of oil and then added the kohlrabi.
  • After a few minutes, I added 1/4 cup of vegetable broth, lowered the heat and simmered the dish for about 20 minutes. The kohlrabi are done when they are slightly soft but still have some “bite” to them.
  • I finished the dish by seasoning it with a bit salt and pepper and sprinkled it with some dried dill:

Servings: Four
Prep and Cook Time: 25 minutes

Besides eating kohlrabi raw or sautéed, you can also mash them after cooking them first.

Questions: Have you ever had kohlrabi? If so, do you like them? Do you like cabbage? What’s your favorite vegetable from the cabbage family? I love cabbage, and one of my favorite ways to eat it is as kimchi! Smile

Be well,


  1. Haven't tried kohlrabi (love the name though). I will look for them and experiment. I love cabbage and use it in fish tacos and salads. I'm also a Brussels sprout lover as you know. Thanks for the information.

  2. You can buy it here easily but I'm not a big fan of it. Hardly ever buy it.

  3. Thank you for sharing this! I've never tried kohlrabi, but I'd like to!

  4. I've never tried kohlrabi, but would like to try it. Thanks for showing us how to prep and cook it! :)

  5. I've heard of it but never seen it nor had any!

    I love it when bloggers share different veggies or foods!

    I do love cabbage in all it's forms. so good for you.

  6. I've never tried kohlrabi... I think it's time I change that.

  7. I enjoyed the kohlrabi - much easier to type out than pronounce. :)

    Would love to try them raw next time. :)

  8. @Hubby: Well, cook with me next time, and I promise I'll let you have some raw! :)

  9. I had to laugh when I read this post Andrea - a couple of years ago when I joined a local CSA, our midwest summer was really cool - the first few weeks all I got was kohlrabi and some misc. fruit - I even tried deep frying it and never liked the taste - glad you enjoy it! :D

  10. I have never even heard of this - i'm so out of the veggie loop! And is it bad that I didn't know cabbage had a family? eek!

  11. Hi Andrea, thanks so much for this. I've seen kohlrabi every now and then, and really didn't know what to do with it or what it tasted like. Next time I see it, I'm going to give it a go!!! Have a great day.

  12. Oh yum! I haven't had these in years! I am going to look for them at the Farmers Market. I don't think I ever ate them raw, going to give that a try for sure.

    I just use to steam them and eat them with butter and salt and pepper.

  13. oh my gosh, i have never seen those! let alone tried them. i want to!

  14. I've never had hohlrabi before (and, frankly, don't know if I would have recognized one prior to reading your post). I'll have to keep an eye out for it!

  15. Thanks for posting this recipe. I have been wanting to try it for a while. I love cabbage and I am always willing to try a new vege/fruit.

  16. I got one of those in my CSA box last year and I had no idea what it was! It was purple and I asked my readers what it was and they told me. Unfortunately, I hate to admit this, it went bad before I ate it.