Golden Baked Jicama Fries

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Gut-friendly baked jicama fries with turmeric and black pepper. Serve with fresh guacamole for a delicious summer side! Vegan, paleo, low-carb and keto.

This summer I have found my new favorite vegetable, and I’m mildly obsessed with its unique flavor profile. It’s nutty and sweet, crunchy and juicy, and pairs well with both savory and sweet ingredients.

Not only is it a party in your mouth, but it’s also a gift to your gut due to its high nutrient content, water density, and prebiotic nature. Differing from probiotics (beneficial bacteria and yeast that live in your digestive tract), prebiotics contain non-digestible fiber that serve as food for probiotics. This superfood is straight golden gut glory’s.

Have you guessed it yet? It’s Jicama!

Golden Gut Baked Jicama Fries with Turmeric and Black Pepper. Serve with fresh guacamole for a delicious summer side.

What is Jicama?

Jicama is a root vegetable, which shares the same color and shape as a turnip, but is about 2-3 times the size. It has a weathered brown skin (to be peeled before eating) that covers a white flesh, with a texture similar to that of a water chestnut or crisp pear. Some people describe the taste of jicama similar to that of an apple, but more neutral and certainly less sugary.

Health Benefits of Jicama

Jicama is low fat, low calorie (50 calories/cup), and high in soluble fiber (6 grams/cup), which will help you feel full for longer periods of time. The specific fiber it contains, oligofructose inulin, is prebiotic and low on the glycemic index making it ideal for diabetics and those looking to lose weight. Inulins prebiotic nature promotes “good” bacteria (probiotics) growth in the intestines, as well as promotes bone health by enhancing absorption of calcium from other foods.

It has an insanely high water content, about 90 percent, and provides you with a dose of calcium, magnesium, potassium, vitamins A, C, and beta carotene, which makes it an incredible post workout recovery fuel as well!

*Note – since jicama is a high fiber food you may experience some digestive discomfort like bloating and gas when you first incorporate it into your diet, so I suggest you start small. If you tend to eat a lot of fiber already like me, you will be fine, but don’t dive in too heavy or consider yourself warned!

Golden Gut Baked Jicama Fries with Turmeric and Black Pepper. Serve with fresh guacamole for a delicious summer side.

How to Eat Jicama

I love it raw and have been reaching for it instead of carrot sticks as an afternoon snack with hummus or almond butter. Helpful trick: peel + cut your jicama into sticks ahead of time, and store with prepped carrots, bell peppers, celery, and cucumber for easy snacking throughout the week. Another option is to buy the pre-chopped jicama sticks at Trader Joe’s. A little more expensive, but so convenient. My latest jicama obsession though has been Jicama fries!

Why I Love Jicama Fries

These golden gut baked jicama fries offer a lighter alternative from heavier root vegetables like sweet potato and parsnips in the summer. Sprinkled with an array of spices, including my favorite anti-inflammatory herb turmeric, these fries are tasty on their own, on a salad or dipped in my healthy guacamole.

Just a friendly reminder, turmeric’s golden color has a tendency to stain all that it touches so be careful while making the fries. If staining does occur, this article has some great tips for removing turmeric stains from your dishes, counters and fingers.

Baked Jicama Fries

How to Make Jicama Fries

Peel + cut: Once your jicama is peeled cut it into thin slices about 1/4 inch thick (one jicama should make about 4-5 cups). Another option is to buy the pre-chopped jicama sticks. I’ve found them at Trader Joe’s or my local Kroger.

Parboil: Boil a pot of water on stovetop. Once water is boiling add your jicama slices to the pot and boil for 8-10 minutes. Drain the water and pat the fries dry before coating them with the spices and baking.

Season: Once dry, add your jicama fries to a large bowl, add oil, turmeric, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper and toss to coat evenly.

Bake: Spread the fries onto a baking stone or a baking sheet lined with a silpat mat or parchment paper. Note: make sure the fries aren’t crowded. They need space or else they will start to steam and get soft rather than crispy. Bake for 30 minutes at 400°F. After 30 minutes, take the fries out of the oven to flip, then bake for another 20-30 minutes or until fries are a little brown and have reached the desired texture.

Serve: Remove from oven, let cool and serve with guacamole or desired dip and enjoy!

Golden Gut Baked Jicama Fries with Turmeric and Black Pepper. Serve with fresh guacamole for a delicious summer side.

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Baked Jicama Fries

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Low-carb, gut-friendly baked jicama fries with turmeric and black pepper. Serve with guacamole for a delicious summer side. Paleo, vegan and keto-friendly.
Golden Gut Baked Jicama Fries with Turmeric and Black Pepper and a dish of guacamole.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 1 medium jicama, peeled and cut into thin slices about 1/4 inch thick (about 4-5 cups)
  • 1 Tablespoon avocado oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • homemade guacamole, for serving (store-bought works too)

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • Boil a pot of water on stovetop. Once water is boiling add your jicama slices to the pot and boil for 8-10 minutes. Drain the water and pat the fries dry before coating them with the spices and baking.
  • Once jicama slices are dry add them to a large bowl, add oil, turmeric, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper and toss to coat evenly.
  • Spread the fries onto a baking stone or a baking sheet lined with a silpat mat or parchment paper making sure the fries aren’t crowded. They need space or else they will start to steam and get soft rather than crispy.
  • Bake for 30 minutes, take them out of the oven and flip, then bake for another 20-30 minutes or until fries are a little brown and have reached the desired texture.
  • Remove from oven and serve with guacamole for dipping.

Notes

Nutrition

Serving: 1cup Calories: 97kcal Carbohydrates: 15g Protein: 1g Fat: 4g Sodium: 246mg Fiber: 8g Sugar: 3g
Course: Lunch/Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: jicama fries

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    44 comments
    1. Kirsten
      September 15, 2022 AT 9:45 am

      Love this recipe!
      I was wondering if you could substitute coconut oil for olive oil?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 15, 2022 AT 2:32 pm

        Olive oil should work just fine!

    2. Kathy Deaton
      July 28, 2022 AT 8:47 am

      How many net carb. And sugar does this have.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        July 28, 2022 AT 5:55 pm

        Hi Kathy – this recipe has 15g carbohydrates and 3g sugar per serving. If you give this recipe a try, I’d love to know how you like it!

    3. helene
      February 20, 2022 AT 3:39 am

      5 stars
      excellent post thank you for sharing

    4. MaryBeth Ryan
      January 3, 2021 AT 9:37 pm

      5 stars
      Mine came out perfect as the recipe stands. I used the 2nd rack from bottom of oven. Thanks we loved them, and my BF has been a chef for 30 years and has his own shop.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 4, 2021 AT 12:57 pm

        I’m so glad these fries turned out for you!! Thanks for the review, I so appreciate it. 🙂

    5. Charles Jones
      October 28, 2020 AT 12:06 pm

      I tried fried jicama once before. Your baked jicama recipe sounds simple enough to prepare. I think I’ll give it a shot. Thanks for sharing.

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