Celery Root Puree


I joke that celery root tastes like celery if celery actually tasted good; for the most part, this is true. The flavor is quite mild and pleasant, and the texture is somewhat similar to mashed potatoes. This simple puree is a very versatile side dish, but the tasty root will also work sliced thin and layered in a gratin, either with or without potatoes. I hope you give this great fall and winter vegetable a try soon.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
6 servings


  • 1 large celery root, peeled and cut into chunks

  • 1 lemon, juiced, divided

  • kosher salt to taste

  • cup heavy whipping cream

  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper, or to taste


  1. Place celery root, 1/2 of the lemon juice, and kosher salt in a large pot and cover with water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until tender, 15 to 20 minutes. Drain.

  2. Blend celery root, cream, and butter in a blender until smooth. Push puree into a bowl through a fine-mesh strainer with a wooden spoon or spatula until puree is completely smooth. Drizzle remaining lemon juice into puree and season with salt and cayenne pepper.

    close up view of Celery Root Puree in a red bowl
    Allrecipes Magazine

Cook's Note:

You can substitute milk for the heavy whipping cream, if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

139 Calories
9g Fat
15g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 139
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 6g 28%
Cholesterol 28mg 9%
Sodium 233mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 15g 5%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 25mg 126%
Calcium 79mg 6%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 439mg 9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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