Jicama Fries

I’ve found a new french fry recipe that I love. I don’t usually go for fries from white potatoes, due to their high glycemic index (and also the fact that they are often fried in genetically modified soy and/or canola oils). These jicama fries, however, provide a side dish satisfaction that is slightly similar to their white potato counterparts.

Jicama is a root vegetable that is very under used in the USA. Most people don’t know how to spell it when they hear it. It’s unfortunate, because raw jicama provides 40% of your daily needs for vitamin C in just one cup, as well as 6 grams of fiber and just 5 grams of net carbohydrates. It’s also has a very low glycemic load, so it is safer for those watching their blood sugar, insulin and weight levels compared to white potatoes.

One thing you should know about jicama. Jicama, even after cooking, retains a slight crisp in the center. It’s refreshing and very light. Safe to say, these aren’t your conventional french fries. Which is alright, because most of you guys (including myself) are not always conventional (if at all!). Some of my jicama fries, after baking, did become soft all the way through, but just to let you know before hand, most will be soft on the outside and slightly crisp on the inside.

4.7 from 3 reviews
Jicama Fries
Side Dish
4-6
 
These baked jicama fries are delicious - soft on the outside and delightfully crisp on the inside. Experiment with the spices.
Ingredients
  • 1 lb jicama, peeled
  • 1 tbsp. coconut oil
  • ¼ tsp. Himalayan salt
  • ¼ tsp. paprika
  • ground black pepper
Instructions
  1. Slice peeled jicama into thin match stick shaped fries.
  2. Combine sliced jicama with coconut oil and spices.
  3. Toss well to combine.
  4. Evenly spread the fries on a cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes.

Do you avoid white potatoes? Have you ever tried sweet potato fries? I enjoy them occasionally. Sweet potato fries are a bit lower on the glycemic index, plus they are highly anti-inflammatory.

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Until next time, this is The Healthy Advocate.

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12 Responses to “Jicama Fries”
  1. Amy 30 August 2012 at 6:06 pm #

    Oh! Can’t wait to try these! We LOVE jicama! It’s sometimes hard to find, but when we do, we grab it and gobble it up! I love the sweet taste and I bet it’s awesome as fries! :)

    Thanks again, Brandon for another great recipe! :)

    • admin 31 August 2012 at 2:54 pm #

      I sure hope you like it, Amy. :) It’s different, but really, really delicious. I’m experimenting with different spices and flavors, from cayenne to barbecue.

  2. Mark 30 August 2012 at 6:47 pm #

    Looking forward to this! Thank You!

    • admin 31 August 2012 at 2:54 pm #

      You’re welcome, Mark! Let me know if you decide to try this recipe out.

  3. Re Morgan 6 September 2012 at 11:50 am #

    I’m going to find this veggie the next time i’m in an international friendly grocery store. They look delish!

  4. Keli 12 September 2012 at 5:07 pm #

    So excited about this recipe! Love jicama but usually use it raw, so this should be fun. Keep us updated with the new flavors for sure!

  5. Andrea 14 September 2012 at 4:12 pm #

    Oh my gosh these are delicious (she types whilst eating)!!! Is it right to down an entire jicama this way? Sure feels like it. Many thanks for this amazing recipe!

    • admin 9 January 2013 at 7:56 pm #

      I have actually eaten almost the entire recipe myself, Andrea! They are really, really good, even raw. :)

  6. Andrea 14 September 2012 at 4:13 pm #

    Shoot I forgot the rating. This goes with the above!!!!

  7. Missa 30 December 2012 at 8:39 pm #

    Just put a few of these in the oven! I used a little bit of cayenne instead of paprika– only because I didn’t have any, so I think they’ll come out pretty spicy. In any case, I’m itching to eat this dish. It’s starting to smell amazing!

    Thanks for the recipe! Now I know what to do with my leftover jicama!!

    • admin 10 January 2013 at 3:58 pm #

      Sounds good, Missa! I really do love this recipe for a nice, healthy, light snack. Enjoy! :)

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