I’ve seen it before but never really thought about it until I Googled “Kohlrabi nutrition”. A cup of kohlrabi has 37 calories, 8 grams of carbs and 4.9 grams of fiber! According to this small article, it is a cross between a turnip and cabbage. So, off to the net to search for ways to cook this thing. After what I found, I truly cannot wait to try it! I hope they still have some in the stores here!
The first link I came across was this one (well, the first one that I actually liked). Why did I like it? Because it states some basic information including “If the leaves attached to the kohlrabi bulb are fresh and green, they can be enjoyed as a cooked green. Wash the leaves and remove the ribs. Blanch in boiling water until just wilted, 3 to 5 minutes. Drain and squeeze excess water from leaves. Chop leaves, then saute in a little olive oil or butter. Season with salt and pepper. Add a splash of vinegar or squeeze of fresh lemon juice.” I LOVE that the whole plant can be eaten!
Kohlrabi Homefries. To be honest, he had be at “fries”. I know these won’t taste like potatoes, but that is one of the things I miss the most (even more than bread). I’m not sure if using almond flour instead of the flour would give the same results but who needs flour? 🙂
1 1/2 to 2 pounds kohlrabi
1 tablespoon rice flour, chickpea flour or semolina (more as needed)
Salt to taste
2 to 4 tablespoons canola oil or grapeseed oil, as needed (NO CANOLA! I’d use lard or olive oil … whatever will produce a crispy fry)
Chili powder, ground cumin, curry powder or paprika to taste
This one includes 5 basic ways to prepare kohlrabi (of course, don’t add anything high in carbs and you’ll be good):
Here, they discuss the plant itself (characteristics and how to grow it) but a recipe for savory pancakes. It includes 1/4 cup of flour but I would just substitute almond flour or 2 T of coconut flour.
4 small purple or green kohlrabi, peeled and trimmed of woody bits (see “Pro Tip” above)
1 small onion, very finely chopped or grated on the large holes of a box grater
1 small green chili, ribs and seeds removed, finely chopped or 1⁄4 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes (optional)
1 egg, lightly beaten
1⁄4 cup (or more) all-purpose flour
1⁄2 teaspoon ground coriander
1 tablespoon butter
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Salt and freshly ground pepper
This one has too many recipe for me to list individually but my goodness! You have to check these out!
And this final post sounds like me if I was a member of a CSA. She didn’t know what to do with some that showed up in her delivery, so she included some recipes for how she prepared it. This recipe (she included the link to this in her post) is EXACTLY what I was hoping to see:
1 bunch kohlrabi
1 1/2 tbsp. fresh parsley
1 oz. butter
1/2 C cream
2 oz. Cheddar cheese
Sea Salt and fresh ground pepper
2 thoughts on “Anyone Tried Kohlrabi?”
I’m going to try this tomorrow, but I’m going to use whey protein isolate powder instead of the other flours mentioned. It has only 1 gram of carbs per 2 tablespoons, and 12 grams protein. I found a recipe for fried chicken with whey protein isolate as the breading. Apparently, it approximates regular fried chicken closer than anything else out there, so I don’t see why it won’t work as good as anything else might. Wish me luck! It’s cheapest in the bulk foods department at Sprouts, if you’re lucky enough to have one in your area.
Do let me know how it turns out! I have never used that as a breading, though all I have is vanilla and I’m pretty sure that would be nasty. lol