Last updated February 18, 2019 by Lisa Richards, CNC

Smoky Rutabaga Hash

This smoky rutabaga hash is perfect for breakfast or as a side dish, and the rutabaga has antifungal properties to boost your gut health.

Although you should limit your starchy vegetables while on the Candida Diet, rutabaga is an interesting exception. Although it is certainly a starchy vegetable, it also has antifungal properties that will promote gut health and even work to prevent a Candida overgrowth.

When you cook rutabaga, it becomes tender and mellow. You can use it in place of potatoes in any of your favorite recipes, with delicious results. Bake it, boil it, steam it, mash it, or make into a hash as in this recipe for Smoky Rutabaga Hash.

Smoky paprika (sometimes called smoked paprika) adds depth to a dish when you want your food to have the flavor that smoked meats would provide. Rich and earthy, this hash is perfect alongside eggs for breakfast when you’re missing bacon! It also works as a quick dinner side dish.

4.33 from 82 votes
This smoky rutabaga hash is perfect for breakfast or as a side dish, and the rutabaga has antifungal properties to boost your gut health.
Smoky Rutabaga Hash
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
40 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Lisa Richards
  • 3 Tbsp. oil, coconut or olive
  • 1 rutabaga (about 1 1/2 pounds) peeled and diced into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 1/2 cup minced onion
  • 1/2 cup minced red pepper
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 2 tsp. smoky paprika
  • Fresh minced chives or dill
  1. Heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the diced rutabaga, stir to coat with oil and then sauté for about 4 minutes.

  2. Cover and cook, stirring once or twice, until rutabagas are tender when pierced with a fork, about 15 minutes. If rutabaga begins to brown too quickly, turn heat down to medium low.

  3. Uncover skillet and add the minced onion, minced red pepper, salt, pepper and smoky paprika. Stir to combine, then sauté for about 10 minutes.

  4. Garnish with fresh minced chives or dill, and serve.

This rutabaga hash is a fantastic side dish, but what about the rest of your meal? Our Ultimate Candida Diet program contains more than 100 gluten-free, sugar-free recipes, plus lots of valuable advice on which foods to eat and avoid. Find out more here.

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  1. Linda Fensel says:

    5 stars
    Can you eat as much of this as you want? It is really a delicious dish.

    1. Lisa Richards, CNC says:

      Hi Linda, thanks for the feedback! The antifungal nature of the rutabaga means that yes, you can eat quite a lot of this. It’s great for when you’re missing those starchy foods! However, as with all foods, I would still recommend eating it in moderation, at least initially.

  2. Katie Elmore says:

    5 stars
    This recipe is so satisfying. I have tried a lot of Lisa’s recipes, and this is one of my favorites. The warm, rich, hearty flavors complement meat dishes for a full dinner entre, and also with eggs for breakfast. Try it!

  3. Christiane says:

    Does fruits and vegetables have to be organic in order to qualify as suitable foods to eat during the candida diet?

    1. Lisa Richards, CNC says:

      Not necessarily, but organic is best. For fruits or vegetables where you don’t eat the skin/peel, it matters less.

  4. Alota Fäjyna says:

    5 stars
    Made this and had it with eggs, bacon, avocado and red cabbage sauerkraut. It was great. The rutabaga isn’t as tasty as regular potatoes, but then again my current eating habits brought me to this point, so can’t complain. I also added ginger, turmeric, and cayenne pepper powders.

    Anyways, thanks a lot for the recipe.

    1. Rosey Hagan says:

      5 stars
      You shouldn’t be eating pork on this Candida diet hun especially things like bacon and ham as it’s full of nitrates and sulphates.

  5. Tim S. says:

    5 stars
    This is really good! I hadn’t tried rutabaga before and actually had to look up what one looked like while I was at the store… but I’m so glad I tried!

  6. Erika Mann says:

    5 stars
    Had to look this up – for us UK readers you’re talking about swede!

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