Garlic Jicama Fries

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Jicama fries are a delicious and healthy alternative to traditional potato fries. Jicama, also known as the Mexican yam bean or Mexican turnip, is a root vegetable with a crisp texture and a mildly sweet, nutty flavor. 

Reasons to Love Plant-Based Garlic Jicama Fries

  • Low in Calories and Carbs: Jicama is naturally low in calories and carbohydrates, making it an excellent choice for those looking to manage their calorie intake or following a low-carb diet. This can be beneficial for weight management and overall health.
  • High in Fiber: Jicama is a good source of dietary fiber, contributing to digestive health and promoting a feeling of fullness. High-fiber foods can support a healthy digestive system and assist in weight management by aiding in satiety.
  • Rich in Essential Nutrients: Jicama is a nutrient-dense vegetable, providing essential vitamins and minerals such as vitamin C, potassium, and folate. These nutrients play crucial roles in immune function, electrolyte balance, and overall well-being.
  • Versatile and Customizable: Jicama's neutral flavor allows it to be a versatile canvas for various seasonings. The addition of garlic not only enhances the flavor but also brings potential health benefits, including immune support and anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Heart-Healthy Monounsaturated Fats: The use of plant-based oils, such as olive oil, in garlic jicama fries provides heart-healthy monounsaturated fats. These fats are associated with improved cardiovascular health and can be a suitable alternative to saturated fats found in some traditional fried foods.
  • Antioxidant Properties: Garlic, a common seasoning in jicama fries, contains allicin, a compound with antioxidant properties. Antioxidants help combat oxidative stress in the body and may contribute to overall health.
  • Diabetes-Friendly: Due to its low glycemic index and carbohydrate content, jicama can be a diabetes-friendly option. It is less likely to cause spikes in blood sugar levels, making it suitable for individuals managing diabetes or those focusing on glycemic control.
  • Guilt-Free Indulgence: Enjoying plant-based garlic jicama fries provides a satisfying and guilt-free indulgence. You can relish the savory and aromatic flavors without the excess calories and unhealthy fats commonly found in traditional fried foods.
  • Digestive Benefits: Garlic has been associated with digestive benefits, including potential antimicrobial properties that may support a healthy gut. Combining garlic with jicama's fiber content contributes to digestive well-being.
  • Culinary Creativity: Plant-based garlic jicama fries showcase the potential for culinary creativity in plant-based cooking. The use of whole, plant-based ingredients allows for the exploration of diverse flavors and textures while maintaining a health-conscious approach.

Jicama fries offer a flavorful and nutritious twist to the classic French fry. Whether you're looking for a low-calorie snack, a crunchy side dish, or a creative alternative to traditional fries, jicama fries are a delightful addition to your culinary repertoire. Enjoy the satisfying crunch and subtle sweetness of jicama while reaping the health benefits it has to offer.


Garlic Jicama Fries

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Yield: 4 servings
Category: Snacks, Sides
Cuisine: American


  • 1 jicama (1 ½ lb or 660 g), peeled and cut into long, thin fries (or rutabagas/swedes or turnips)
  • 1 Tablespoon (15 ml) of avocado oil (or olive oil)
  • 1 teaspoon (3 g) of garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon (3 g) of salt


                              1. Preheat the air fryer to 375°F (190°C).
                              2. Toss the jicama fries with the avocado oil, garlic powder, and salt in a large bowl until completely coated.
                              3. Place the seasoned jicama fries in a single layer, without touching, in the air fryer basket or tray. (If needed, cook the fries in several batches.)
                              4. Cook the fries for 10 minutes. Turn over and cook for an additional 5 to 10 minutes until the fries are golden and cooked through.
                              5. Carefully remove the fries from the air fryer and serve immediately.

                                                                                                    Nutrition: (Estimated and based on per-serving amounts.)

                                                                                                    • Calories: 70
                                                                                                    • Fat: 1 g
                                                                                                    • Total Carbs: 15 g
                                                                                                    • Fiber: 8 g
                                                                                                    • Sugar: 3 g
                                                                                                    • Net Carbs: 7 g
                                                                                                    • Protein: 1 g
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