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Air fryer jicama fries are crispy, easy to make, and the perfect side dish. These jicama fries are a healthy alternative to traditional french fries, but are super flavorful thanks to aromatic spices like fresh rosemary, garlic powder, and fresh thyme. Cut out the splattering oil by using the air fryer instead!
Jicama fries in the air fryer are perfect for days when you want to make some homemade fries, but don’t want to use potatoes. Jicama is a tuberous root vegetable that comes from Central America and has a slightly crisp, sweet flavor. It has brown skin and white flesh like a potato and is starchy and high in fiber. It’s also known as a “Mexican yam bean” or “Mexican potato.”
Jicama is super nutritious, and has essential vitamins that contribute to a healthy diet. The key differences between potatoes and jicama are that jicama can be eaten raw, its skin is not edible, they have a more nutty flavor than potatoes, and they are low-carb and low-sugar.
The good news is, because of their low sugar content, you can eat these fries on a keto diet or low carb diet! Air fried jicama fries have a perfectly crisp texture, and are a great alternative to regular fries (potato) which are restricted on a keto diet.
Other reasons why I love making these low carb french fries in the air fryer: there is minimal oil used when air frying, there’s minimal clean up, and it’s faster because you don’t need to heat up the whole oven since you are using an air fryer! These easy to make keto air fryer fries are family friendly and so delicious – if you’re a fan of fries, this recipe is for you!
👩🏽🍳 Why This Recipe Works
- Delicious keto air fryer french fries
- Low carb
- Family friendly
- Super easy recipe
- Low calorie, low fat
- Great low carb replacement for regular fries
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This jicama chips air fryer recipe calls for simple ingredients easily found at most grocery stores! See the recipe card below for exact ingredient amounts and detailed instructions.
- Fresh Jicama, Cut Into Strips: This starchy vegetable is also called a Mexican turnip, Mexican potato, or Mexican yam bean and has a juicy and mild flavor. It’s a tuberous root vegetable that’s a delicious low-carb alternative to potatoes. Jicama has a similar texture to daikon radishes, Jerusalem artichokes, and water chestnut. It works great in place of potatoes when making fries.
- Olive Oil: A small amount of olive oil or avocado oil is needed to make crispy jicama fries. You can also use cooking spray to save on calories!
- Rosemary and Thyme: Fresh herbs really make these jicama chips in the air fryer shine! The sweet taste of jicama balances nicely with thyme, chopped fresh rosemary, and other herbs.
- Garlic Powder: A little garlic powder goes a long way with this easy jicama fries recipe. You could also add onion powder here.
- Salt And Black Pepper: Salt and pepper are flavor enhancers. You could also add a bit of cayenne pepper for a bit more spice. You don’t need a ton of different seasonings to make the best fries, since this jicama fry recipe absorbs spices really well.
The air fryer makes these keto jicama chips turn out perfectly every time! Here’s how to make jicama fries in the air fryer:
Prepare The Jicama: Peel the outer skin of the raw jicama with a vegetable peeler or paring knife. Cut jicama into thin slices.
Boil The Jicama: Bring a pot of water to boil and cook the jicama for 10 minutes until it begins to soften. Remove from the water and place the raw jicama paleo fries on a paper towel lined plate or baking sheet.
Season The Jicama: Toss the slices in a large bowl with the seasonings, drizzle with olive oil (or spray with nonstick spray) and then place jicama slices in a single layer in the air fryer basket or trays (if possible).
Air Fry Jicama Fries: First, place the keto fries in the air fryer. Then air-fry at 390 degrees F, flipping over halfway through. This will make sure they get crispy and golden brown on all sides.
Sprinkle with fresh herbs, and salt and pepper to taste. Serve these air fryer jicama chips warm!
To Make Baked Jicama French Fries In The Oven
You can easily make these fries in the oven instead of the air fryer! Once you have boiled the jicama, add them to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or sprayed with cooking spray. Bake jicama low carb fries in the oven for about 30-45 minutes at 425 degrees F. You might need to toss the fries at the halfway point to prevent sticking.
💭 Expert Tips
Here are some expert tips you can use to make the best keto jicama fries in the air fryer.
- Shake fries during cooking time. Make sure to shake or flip these low-carb fries halfway through the cooking time. This allows these jicama keto fries to get crispy all over.
- If you don’t have an air fryer, use the oven. To keep the texture of these fries crispy, you can also bake them in the oven on a parchment paper prepared baking sheet.
- Make sure to dry the jicama! Drain and dry the jicama after boiling to remove any excess water. That way the oil will stick and they’ll get nice and crispy. If you don’t dry the jicama properly, these keto french fries will be soggy.
- Check your air fryer manual for cooking times. Cooking times will vary depending on appliances used.
- Don’t forget to boil your jicama! Boiling the jicama before air frying ensures even cooking. Jicama doesn’t cook well if you air fry it straight from being raw. So don’t skip the boiling step!
- Switch Up The Spice Mixture: Try mixing and matching different seasonings and toppings with these keto jicama fries. Some ideas are chili powder, kosher salt, nutritional yeast, parmesan cheese, fresh cilantro, green onions, smoked paprika, and parsley.
- Different Veggies: There are so many different ways you can make a good french fry. Instead of (or in addition to) this air fryer jicama fries recipe, you can make asparagus fries, sweet potato fries, zucchini fries, or regular french fries with potatoes.
- Dipping Sauce: It’s fun to dip your low carb jicama fries in sauces. Some of my favorites include: classic ketchup, bbq sauce, or a sweet and spicy sauce.
👨👩👧 How To Serve
Like traditional french fries, these jicama low carb fries can be served as a side dish in a variety of ways. These whole foods go so well together:
- These healthy jicama fries pair well with this Florentine pizza.
- Try serving a side of keto jicama chips with a protein packed entree like this Chipotle black bean burger.
- A BBQ flatbread pizza with black beans is a great main dish to go with these low carb fries.
When it comes to jicama vs. potato, in general yes, jicama is a slightly healthier alternative to potato, even though potatoes are also pretty healthy for you. Potatoes are higher carb and are slightly lower in fiber than jicama – which are the main reasons jicama is healthier.
There are also are a variety of health benefits in jicama. They are keto-friendly, a good source of vitamin C (1 cup of jicama has 43% of your daily value for vitamin C), good for your gut health, high in dietary fiber, low-calorie, good for a low-carb diet, gluten-free, and vegan.
Yes! In 100 grams of jicama, there are 9 grams of carbs and 5 grams of fiber. Which means jicama has only 4 grams of net carbs – so it is low carb! That makes it a very keto friendly vegetable. One huge serving of jicama french fries has only 9 grams of net carbs.
Jicama has a neutral flavor, that’s slightly sweet and nutty. It has a crunchy and juicy texture, similar to a slightly unripe pear or tough water chestnut.
The jicama is ripe when it’s around 6 inches in diameter and not wrinkly or soft. If you see them at the grocery store, they are most likely ripe unless they’ve been sitting out for too long.
If you have extra fries you can keep them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. You can reheat them in your air fryer oven (at 350 degrees for 3-5 minutes) which will make them nice and crispy again. I don’t recommend freezing these fried jicama chips, as they will get mushy when they are defrosted.
Note: You can also keep the peeled, raw jicama in a container with water in the fridge to prevent them from browning.
🍞 More Low Carb Snacks To Try!
These other easy keto recipes and healthy recipes are great healthy alternatives to a traditional diet! Enjoy!
- Keto Peanut Butter Cookies
- Keto Greek Salad
- Air Fryer Tempeh
- Healthy Deviled Eggs
- Keto Marinara Sauce
- Cheesy Baked Asparagus
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Air Fryer Jicama Fries (Low-Carb!)
- Preheat the air fryer to 390F/200C.
- Slice the peeled jicama into ¼ inch sticks.
- Bring a pot of water to the boil and par boil the jicama for 10 minutes. Remove and drain.
- In a small mixing bowl mix together the salt, pepper, rosemary and garlic powder, stir to combine.
- Mix together in a medium mixing bowl half of the par boiled jicama sticks, oil and seasonings. Stir to coat.
- Add the seasoned jicama fries to the air fryer basket. Lower the heat to 356F/180C and cook for 15-20 minutes. Checking the fries half way and shaking to ensure even cooking.
- When cooked through and golden in color remove and repeat with remaining fries.
- Season with salt and fresh thyme.
- Make sure to shake or flip these low-carb fries halfway through the cooking time. This allows the fries to get crispy all over.
- Use simple ingredients and seasonings to make the best fries. There’s no need to use many different seasonings, since jicama fries absorb other flavors really well.
- To keep the texture of these jicama fries crispy, you can also bake them in the oven on a parchment paper prepared baking sheet.
- Drain and dry the jicama after boiling to remove any excess water so the oil will stick and they’ll get nice and crispy.
- Cooking times will vary depending on appliances used.
- Boiling the jicama before air frying ensures even cooking – don’t skip this step!