All about CELERIAC: season, buying, storing, using, flavour combinations, and 50+ RECIPES

(Approx reading time 4 mins 22 secs)

Celeriac is not going to be winning any beauty contests any time soon. But are many ways to prepare celeriac, and many recipes to try. It might look a bit weird, but it most definitely deserves a spot in your kitchen.

Celeriac can also be called celery root, turnip-rooted celery, or knob celery depending on where you live. It is the root of a variety of celery. It has a creamy-brownish thick skin and a creamy-greenish flesh. And the size can vary between 5 cm (2 inches) to 15 cm (6 inches)

The flavour is quite similar to that of celery, but somewhat milder, and the texture is similar to carrots. If you’re not a fan of celery, give celeriac a try, you might be surprised!

Celeriac comes from the Mediterranean areas, but is now grown all over the world and it can be added to most cuisines seamlessly as the flavour is so delicate.

Season

Celeriac is at its best between the months of October and April, which makes its a great Winter staple. Celeriac can always be found year-round because storing it in good condition is relatively simple and you can be safe knowing that the celeriac you buy in the middle of Spring is going to be as good as the one you get during Winter.

Buying

Celeriac can be found in most large supermarkets, farmer shops, and markets. It will usually be a bit hidden and not many will be around as it’s not the most popular vegetable around. If you can’t find it, ask someone. The last time I bought celeriac it had been hidden behind the broccoli!

Storing

Properly stored, celeriac can last for several months in a root cellar. At home, it is best kept in a cool dry (and preferably dark) place for up to 3 weeks. If you keep it in the fridge, leave it uncovered or in a paper bag. Storing it in plastic will create condensation and rot the celeriac.

The leaves are edible and quite tasty, but it’s better to cut them off the celeriac if you’re planning to keep it for a while before using as they can dry the root out (much like carrot greens).

Celeriac can also be frozen, but it needs to be chopped and blanched first.

Using

Preparing celeriac to eat is very easy. You don’t need to peel it as the skin is quite thin and the texture and flavour is virtually the same as that of the flesh.

However, cleaning a celeriac can be a bit tricky. It’s easier if you cut off all the nobby bits, but depending on the celeriac you have that could mean losing a significant amount of the root.

I personally prefer to cut my celeriac first and then wash it under running water. A brush can also be helpful, especially the kind that can get into small places like the ones used to clean baby bottles or straws.

Celeriac is surprisingly versatile for a root vegetable. Not taking into account the difference in flavour, it can very much be used the way carrots can.

  • Raw: cut or slice thinly and use as a crudité or in a salad.
  • Fry: cut into batons or small cubes and deep fry.
  • Pan fry: same as above.
  • Boil: cut in chunks and then eat as is or mash.
  • Steam: same as above.
  • Grill/BBQ: slice into 1cm (1/2”) thick steaks and grill.
  • Roast: in batons, cubes, chunks, or whole. If whole, cover in foil to avoid burning.

Flavour combinations

Celeriac has a flavour profile extremely similar to that of celery, but somewhat milder. So anything that is a good partner to one, will also be to the other.

  • All root vegetables, including those you probably wouldn’t think of like beets and fennel.
  • Red meats, especially lamb.
  • Butter and cream.
  • Seafood and fish in general.
  • Mediterranean herbs: basil, sage, rosemary, thyme…
  • Garlic.
  • If you’re adventurous, strawberries and bananas are said to go very well with celeriac.

50+ celeriac recipes

Celeriac is an ugly looking vegetable, and it’s interesting to see how that impacts its use. Celeriac is readily available in supermarkets (at least in the UK), but it doesn’t seem to be used much by food bloggers or homecooks. Most of the recipes I found are by chefs and a bit fancier than regular people would go for a weeknight meal.

I tried to keep all recipes relatively simple and affordable, but I did include one or two more chefy recipes.

Celeriac as the star

  1. BBQ celeriac mash, by love2bbq (BBQ as in made in a BBQ, not the flavoured by the sauce)
  2. Celeriac and carrot remoulade, by BBC goodfood
  3. Celeriac & coconut soup (with kaffir lime leaves and lemongrass), by KindEARTH
  4. Celeriac coleslaw, by BBC goodfood
  5. Celeriac oven chips, by BBC goodfood
  6. Celeriac puree, by olive
  7. Celeriac steak with salsa verde, by olive
  8. Cod and smashed celeriac, by BBC goodfood
  9. Herb-baked celeriac, by BBC goodfood
  10. Honey glazed celeriac, by Brain Food Studio (loads of scrolling, but the recipe is simple and delicious)
  11. Koji-marinated celeriac, by Great British Chefs
  12. Quick celeriac remoulade, by BBC goodfood
  13. Roast celeriac with marsala, by BBC
  14. Salt-baked celeriac, by Great British Chefs
  15. Spiced celeriac soup, by delicious.
  16. Whole baked celeriac with walnuts and blue cheese, by BBC goodfood
  17. Zombie brain, by Jamie Oliver (basically a roasted celeriac with mushrooms)

Celeriac as a flavour

  1. Apple, cherry and celeriac flapjacks, by Sneaky Veg
  2. Baked mushroom and celeriac torte, by olive
  3. Celebration celeriac and sweet garlic pie, by BBC
  4. Celeriac & blue cheese soda bread, by Abel & Cole
  5. Celeriac and pumpkin mash, by Cate in the kitchen
  6. Celeriac, bacon and barley soup, by delicious.
  7. Celeriac boulangere, by Tesco
  8. Celeriac croquettes, by Great British Chefs
  9. Celeriac, lettuce and pea soup, by Belleau Kitchen
  10. Celeriac noodles with salmon & dill, by Abel & Cole
  11. Celeriac, onion and mustard puff pastry tart, by delicious.
  12. Celeriac, pancetta & thyme soup, by BBC goodfood
  13. Celeriac, potato and beetroot gratin, by delicious.
  14. Celeriac tikka masala, by Abel & Cole
  15. Cheesy celeriac, leek & rosemary gratin, by BBC goodfood
  16. Chunky cheddar & celeriac soup, by BBC goodfood
  17. Creamy celeriac & cannellini bean bake with lemony cabbage, by Abel & Cole
  18. Curried celeriac, red cabbage, pear and walnut coleslaw, by delicious.
  19. Gluten-free bread sauce, by Great British Chefs (no bread of any kind used, just veggies)
  20. Goan spiced celeriac & lentil curry, by Abel & cole
  21. Grilled apple celeriac cake, by veggie desserts
  22. Indian spiced chicken & winter veg tin roast, by Abel & Cole
  23. Lamb souvlaki, by BBC
  24. Leek soup, by BBC
  25. North African winter vegetable soup with toasted freekeh, by Food to glow (a bit of scrolling before the recipe)
  26. Parkin cake with celeriac ice cream and caramelised pears, by olive
  27. Parsnip and celeriac bake, by BBC goodfood
  28. Potato and celeriac pancakes with bacon and cheese, by delicous.
  29. Red lentil soup, by Gourmandelle (some scrolling)
  30. Roast guinea fowl with celeriac and plums, by delicious.
  31. Sage & celeriac hash browns, by BBC goodfood
  32. Shaved celeriac and beetroot caesar salad, by delicious.
  33. Slow-cooked celeriac with pork & orange, by BBC goodfood
  34. Thai celeriac soup, by frugalfeeding
  35. Toor dhal with celeriac, by Mira Garvin
  36. Vegan pie, by BBC goodfood

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