5-Spice Salt Crusted Rutabaga with Ginger Cilantro Cream Sauce

5-Spice Salt Crusted Rutabaga with Ginger Cilantro Cream Sauce
  • Prep Time
  • 4Servings


  • 4 cups kosher salt
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1 tablespoon Chinese five-spice powder
  • 1 rutabaga (1 1/2 lbs.), peeled
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 1-inch piece fresh ginger, peeld and thinly sliced
  • 1 clove garlic, smashed
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons chopped cilantro


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees . Mix the salt, egg whites and five-spice powder with a fork. Place a scoop of the salt mixture on a foil-lined baking sheet. Set the rutabaga on top; pack on the remaining salt mixture to encase the vegetable completely.

Roast the rutabaga until tender when pierced with a knife through the crust, about 2 hours.

In a small skillet, bring the cream, ginger and garlic to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover and cook until thickened slightly, about 10 minutes. Discard the ginger and garlic. Stir in the butter and cilantro; season with salt and pepper.

Using a mallet or a wooden spoon, crack the salt crust; discard. Quarter the rutabaga, then slice each wedge into 1/2-inch-thick pieces. Serve topped with the sauce.