If you are looking for an easy side dish recipe, this Air Fryer Rutabagas recipe is sure to please. The rutabagas are crisp on the outside yet soft and flavorful on the inside. If you haven’t tried rutabagas, this is a great recipe to try them.

A bowl of roasted rutabagas.

Rutabagas may be the most underused root vegetable ever. I see them at the grocery store and farmer’s markets, and usually, there are many of them in the bins.

I want to encourage you to buy one and try it! This is a really easy recipe created to show off rutabaga’s flavor. They are a great option instead of potatoes! You can also mash them like in my Mashed Rutabagas recipe.

I have a lot of delicious gluten free side dish recipes for you to try. Let me know which is your favorite!

Why I love this air fryer rutabagas recipe:

  1. Rutabagas have a mild flavor, so even picky eaters will love them.
  2. This vegetable is easy to cook in an air fryer in just minutes.
  3. Rutabaga flavor pairs well with so many recipes! Try them with my Grilled NY Strip Basil Steak recipe.
A photo of a rutabaga.

Ingredient Notes:

  • Rutabagas – You can find them in many sizes at most grocery stores. They are root vegetables, so you may find them more in the fall and winter months.
  • Oil – Since we are using an air fryer, it is important to use an oil with a high smoking point. Read more about my favorite air fryer oils to use.

If you are trying to decide on what air fryer to get, I have a great list of the best air fryers for gluten free.

Step-By-Step Photos and Directions:

Cubed rutabagas with oil and dried herbs in a bowl.

Step 1: Preheat the air fryer to 375º F.

Step 2: Wash the rutabagas and place them on a clean cutting board. Use a sharp knife to cut them into cubes. Place them into a bowl.

Step 3: Drizzle oil, salt, ground black pepper, and dried herbs over the rutabaga cubes. Toss to coat them all. I used avocado oil, which is a really good oil to use for high heat. (See the ingredient notes section above for more information on high-heat oils.)

Seasoned rutabaga cubes in the air fryer basket.

Step 4: Air fry the rutabagas for 15 minutes. At the midway point, about 8 minutes into cooking. Carefully open the air fryer and mix the cubes up with metal tongs. This will help them brown on all sides.

(Note the actual cook time may vary depending on how large your cubes of rutabagas are.)

Step 5: Remove the cooked rutabagas from the air fryer to a serving bowl. Serve hot.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Do you peel rutabagas?

Peeling rutabagas is completely optional. I didn’t peel mine for this recipe, but if you make my mashed rutabagas recipe, you will want to peel them.

How do you store roasted rutabagas?

Store the cooked rutabagas in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

How do you roast rutabagas in the oven?

To oven roast rutabagas, preheat the oven to 375º F. Place the seasoned rutabagas onto a baking sheet. Bake for 30 minutes, stirring the rutabagas midway so they brown on all sides. As with the air fryer, baking time may vary depending on the size of your rutabaga cubes.

The top view of a ceramic bowl filled with roasted rutabagas.

More Gluten Free Air Fryer Recipes:

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If you made and enjoyed this recipe, I would be incredibly grateful if you could leave a comment below. Please include which flour blend you used. This will help others know this recipe is delicious. Thank you!

A bowl of roasted rutabagas.

Air Fryer Roasted Rutabagas

Sandi Gaertner
A quick and easy roasted air fryer rutabagas recipe. I also include oven baking directions for those who do not want to air fry them.
4.67 from 3 votes
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Gluten Free Appetizer Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings
Calories 70 kcal


  • 3 cups rutabagas diced, see note
  • 2 tablespoons oil * see notes
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning (a mix of thyme, rosemary, and basil usually)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cloves garlic minced


  • Preheat the air fryer to 400º F.
  • Place the washed rutabagas on a cutting board. Cut into cubes. Place them in a large bowl.
  • Add the oil, minced garlic, and seasonings. Toss to coat.
  • Add the rutabagas to the air fryer and cook for 10 minutes. Open and stir the rutabagas so all sides cook evenly.
  • Cook for an additional 9-10 minutes. The actual baking time will vary by the size you make your cubes.
  • Serve hot.


  1. You can leave the peels on or remove them for this recipe.
  2. This is a good resource to see which oils have a high smoking point. This is critical when using an air fryer.
  3. Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It will keep fresh for up to 3 days.


Please know that every gluten free flour blend has a different starch to grain ratio. If you use a blend I didn’t test, you may need to adjust your moisture levels in your baked goods.


Serving: 1personCalories: 70kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 1gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 0.4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0.02gSodium: 203mgPotassium: 226mgFiber: 2gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 13IUVitamin C: 18mgCalcium: 43mgIron: 1mg
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