Parsnip Chips


Keep calm people!  I haven’t gone off my rocker, or forsaken low carb eating!  I have, however, recently been enlightened to the possibilities of the parsnip!  Due to it’s high fiber content, the net carbs in parsnips are actually surprisingly low for a root vegetable.  A one cup serving of raw parsnips has just 100 calories and 17 grams of net carbs. 
Now for those of you limiting your carbs to 20 per day or less, that may still be pretty hefty.  Enter the chip!  This recipe makes about 4 cups of cooked chips from the equivalent of 1 cup of raw parsnips.  A heaping one cup serving of chips has only 4g net carbs.  It’s a perfect snack that can even fit into a very low carb diet if you plan it out right. 
And they are oh so good!  They have that slightly sweet thing going on, so when you eat them all crispy and salty and stuff – woo boy are they good.  Now if you end up eating the whole batch in one sitting?  Well I accept zero responsibility for that – but you might want to make sure you aren’t alone with the bowl just in case!


Makes about 4 cups of chips
2 medium parsnips, peeled & sliced
oil for frying (your choice)

That’s it people!  So easy!  You can try to cut these thin with a knife, but to get the best results, use a mandolin or some other tool to give you thin, uniform slices.  Heat your oil to about 350 degrees and add chips in small batches.  They fry really quickly so be careful!  20 – 30 seconds per batch is all you really need to get these a nice golden brown.  Place on paper towels and sprinkle with kosher or sea salt. 
Alternatively, you can toss these in a tablespoon of olive oil and place them on a parchment lined baking sheet.  Bake at 350 degrees for about 6 – 8 minutes until golden brown.  I tried it both ways and frying them produced better looking chips, but baking them still got them crispy and delicious so use whichever method you prefer.


Now I don’t usually do tutorials, but I’m going to make an exception here because I can’t stress enough that these fry quickly and there are mere seconds between too raw, just right, and overdone.  Once they get too dark, they take on a bitter unpleasant flavor that makes them pretty much inedible.  So here are some photos and tanning metaphors to help you out if you aren’t sure what they should look like…


Even though your chips can burn quickly and that would be bad, if you panic and take them out prematurely they will look like this.  Anemic looking and still slightly soggy, this chip makes me sad because it never reached it’s full snack food potential.  I call this look “Summer in Fargo.”



Now this is what you are looking for!  This chip has a lovely golden glow – she’s beautiful, and she knows it.   I call this one “Summer in the Hamptons.”



But oops, only 5 – 10 seconds later you’ve gone to far, and now you have this debacle.  Way too dark and definitely bitter by now, you might still eat it but you won’t enjoy it.  I call this look “Jersey Shore.”



Finally, you’ve reached the point of no return.  This chip is currently being held on charges for putting its baby chip in a tanning bed.  It is shunned and ridiculed by all.  Never do this to your chip.  Ever.



Well there you have it peeps – no excuse not to churn out some perfectly delicious parsnip chips now!


Approximate nutrition data per 1 cup serving:  45 calories, 2g fat, 4g net carbs


  1. Vanessa G.
    Vanessa G.05-10-2012

    Very funny! Love the Jersey Shore and tanning bed reference, lol. And I’m definitely trying these, I really need more snack foods in my low Carb life.

  2. Akpene

    You. Are. A. Freakin’. Genius.

    • Mellissa Sevigny (sevimel)
      Mellissa Sevigny (sevimel)05-11-2012

      Thanks Akpene, I appreciate that – although I’m not the inventor of the parsnip chip and it’s been done many times before I’m sure! Either way these are delicious – enjoy! :)

  3. Doris

    You are so funny, Melissa! I actually laughed out loud at this . . . the last picture. I think I’ll try these as I have a spirolina (sp?) – veggie slicer and just learned last night on YT how to do slices instead of the curls or noodles.

    Will get me some parsnips and I have some yams (these will be mainly snacks for my kids . . . as I also make some paleo friendly “bars” for my kids to snack on.

    But, I’ll probably have a little of each.

    Thanks again for the recipe and tutorial. I’ll probably bake them.

    • Mellissa Sevigny (sevimel)
      Mellissa Sevigny (sevimel)05-11-2012

      Thanks Doris! :) I’m sure your kids (and you!) will love them. One caution on baking them – watch them carefully! I found that the baked ones got dark on the edges while staying lighter in the center and a few of them got really dark which is weird because my oven is pretty good at keeping the temperature even. I think it’s a thickness issue and the thinner ones can get dark much quicker so just keep an eye on them! Enjoy!

  4. Jacquelineand....

    This is hilarious! And yum, LOVE parsnips!

    Btw, do you mind if I feature your blog on one of my Foodie Fridays?

    • Mellissa Sevigny (sevimel)
      Mellissa Sevigny (sevimel)05-11-2012

      Thanks Jacqueline and me too! I was excited when I realized I could still enjoy parsnips while doing low carb!

      I’d be honored to be featured on Foodie Fridays, thanks for asking!

  5. MyFudo™

    This means, this is healthy? Oh wow! Love this…Looks yummy! Poor burnt chips on your last photo. ;)

    • Mellissa Sevigny (sevimel)
      Mellissa Sevigny (sevimel)05-11-2012

      In moderation of course, but yes! And it hurt my soul to deliberately burn that chip for the photo but I was cracking myself up when I did it I have to admit! :)

  6. TastefullyJulie

    I love parsnips! I wonder if this would work with turnips, too.

    • Mellissa Sevigny (sevimel)
      Mellissa Sevigny (sevimel)05-17-2012

      Great question, though I think turnips have more moisture in them so not sure! Love to hear back if you try it though!

  7. Chef Connie Gordon
    Chef Connie Gordon05-11-2012

    Oh yum. I have to try this one. I really miss chips.

  8. susanw

    You are so funny. I love your blog, I know that I will get great ideas and a great laugh as well! Thanks for all you contribute to our low carb community.

  9. Lisa Marie Anctil
    Lisa Marie Anctil08-30-2012

    I just stumbled across your blog on pinterest! This is exactly what I have been looking for! Can’t wait to try these out ! Thank you thank you thank you!

  10. Jen Houck
    Jen Houck01-30-2013

    Where can I find info out what cooking does to the carbs of foods? I usually just take carb counts od ingredients in their raw state and weight. Maybe I have been short-changing myself! We just recently starting eating turnips. My husband loves them mashed like we have done many times with cauliflower. Should I be counting the carbs differently? I usually peel and weigh measure them in their raw state for the carb count. Thanks for your help if you can.

  11. Buttoni

    Well I’ve made chips now with just about everything BUT parsnips. I’ll definitely have to TRY these! Just lovely!

  12. Donna

    LAUGHING…OUT….LOUD ….(it deserved to be spelled out in full in this particular instance)..You are the hands down wittiest food blogger in all of foodie blogdom..

    You make low-carb/paleo-esque considerations FUN. Thank you.

    • Mellissa Sevigny
      Mellissa Sevigny08-06-2013

      Thanks Donna, glad you got a chuckle out of this one! I have to admit, I was cracking myself up when I was writing it. ;)

  13. Colorful Canary
    Colorful Canary11-19-2014

    Thank you for your lovely culinary creation!

    This is just a little note to let you know that I have featured this delicious looking recipe on my blog.

    Thank you for all that you do :)

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