Jica-what?! Jicama (pronounced HEE-kah-mah) is a super-refreshing veggie that’s fantastic raw as a snack, slaw and in salads. Now it’s being used as a delicious low carb and keto-friendly French fry alternative. Jicama fries are awesome!! They’re baked, not fried so they’re lower in fat and calories and stay crisp longer than potatoes.
I spent some time experimenting with the best baking time and seasonings for my jicama fries, and I have to say, they’re awesome. These are the best jicama fries you’ll ever eat!!!
You should know that the texture of these jicama fries will NOT be the same as fries made from potatoes or even sweet potatoes. The jicama isn’t anywhere near as starchy so it doesn’t get soft and it doesn’t get crispy. The jicama maintains most of its crunch and it’s really the seasonings and your dipping sauce that make this recipe seem like you’re eating French fries. It won’t be totally the same no matter what you do… but they’re excellent as their own thing!Make the best jicama fries ever! Here's your recipe: Click To Tweet
So what’s the secret to making perfectly baked jicama fries?
You gotta get yourself a mandoline so you can cut your jicama evenly. That ensures your fries have the same cooking time so they all get golden brown at the same time. Otherwise you’ll end up with a mix of burnt and raw fries. Not fun! So using a mandoline slicer is totally worth it. You can also use a food processor that has a slicing attachment for julienne shapes (a.k.a. fries).
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Jicama Nutrition Facts
From a calorie standpoint, you can eat the whole batch (one medium jicama) and not worry about it. But that will be your daily fiber and some potential side effects from having it all in one sitting!Jicama is loaded with vitamin C and potassium as well as #prebiotic fiber. Here's how to make them into fries: Click To Tweet
Here is the nutrition information for a medium jicama and also per serving of this recipe (about 1/2 cup jicama).
Nutrition Facts for 1 medium jicama
- Calories: 250 calories
- Carbohydrates: 58 g
- Fiber: 32 g
- Available carbs: 26 g
- Protein: 5 g
- Potassium: 989 mg (28% DV)
- Vitamin C: 221% DV
Nutrition Facts for 1/2 cup raw sliced jicama
- Calories: 23
- Carbohydrates: 5.5 g
- Fiber: 3 g
- Available carbs: 2.5 g
- Protein: 0.5 g
- Potassium: 90 mg
- Vitamin C: 20% DV
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It’s a cold rainy weekend – who’s craving some comfort food? 🍟 Bake your own fries at home or try the newest trend: jicama fries! Lower in calories and carbs and packed with prebiotic fiber for gut health. Here’s how they compare to fast food fries: – – – Theirs: deep fried potatoes 🥔 510 calories, 66 g carbs, 6 g fiber, 24 g fat. Plus, acrylamide, a chemical that forms during the deep frying process that’s a carcinogen aka linked to cancer. Small amounts are probably A-OK but you don’t want to have deep fried food too often. – – – Yours: baked jicama (with a bit of avocado oil and spices) and this info is for the whole medium jicama. 300 calories, 26 g available carbs (if you eat the whole thing. A half cup serving is only 2 g available carbs), 32 g fiber, 5 g fat. Plus the insulin fiber is good for your gut flora. Woo hoo! – – – ⁉️What healthy swaps are you making this long weekend?
Health Benefits of Jicama
Jicama Fries – Baked Low Carb Keto French Fries
Time to pre-heat that oven and get baking!
Did you try these jicama fries? Tag your creation on Instagram with #80twentyrule. I’d love to see how they turned out and what you thought!