Make low-carb baked fries from jicama. Served with a simple green garlic dipping sauce, these are some of the best homemade fries you will ever have!
Jicama. Say it with me… Hick-a-ma.
What is jicama?
This little known veggie is native to Mexico and looks like a potato, but it’s a bit sweeter and crispier. It’s sometimes called a “Mexican potato” or “Mexican turnip”. Jicama is a root veggie that is often eaten raw, but it also tastes absolutely wonderful when cooked.
You may not recognize jicama when you see it in the store, but it looks like a large pale potato. As a matter of fact, jicama can be 3-4 times the size of a potato. The skin is rough, and jicama will be firm to the touch. Don’t buy jicama that is soft or has blemishes on the skin.
Is jicama good for you?
Although jicama is often compared to a potato, it actually contains about 40% of the calories and carbs of a potato. It’s also loaded with fiber. [Learn more about why fiber is important and what other foods have fiber here.]
Low in calories and high in fiber means you will feel full for a long time. But the BEST part about jicama is that is contains a prebiotic fiber called inulin. Prebiotics help stimulate the growth of “good bacteria” (aka probiotics) in the gut. Prebiotic fiber has also been shown to help with calcium absorption, which is great for bone health.
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A cup of jicama has over 40% your daily value of Vitamin C and contains potassium, iron, folate, magnesium.
How to make Jicama Fries
These Crinkle Cut Jicama Fries are baked and delicious! To make them, simply peel and cut a jicama into 1-inch long slices. Coat them in oil and salt and bake them in the oven for about 20 minutes. The edges will brown slightly, but they have a nice crispy and crunchy texture.
If you decide to use a mandolin to cut thin slices, turn down the oven to 350 degrees F and bake for 25 minutes or until the edges begin to brown.
What’s in the garlic dipping sauce?
Fries need a dipping sauce, right?! Rather than ruin healthy fries with sugary ketchup, whip up this Greek yogurt based garlic dipping sauce.
It’s a wonderful combination of Greek yogurt, garlic, lemon juice and spinach. All you need is a food processor to whip this up. Do it while the fries are baking, so you can enjoy the warm fries with the creamy dipping sauce!
Jicama Fries with Green Goddess Dressing
- 1 medium sized jicama
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- red pepper flakes optional
- cooking spray
- 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
- juice of 1/2 lemon
- 1 clove garlic peeled
- 1/4 cup spinach
- salt and pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 400 degrees Farenheit.
Peel the jicama and cut into 1-inch slices. Once all the jicama is cut into fries, place in a bowl and coat with oil, salt and pepper (if you want some spice). Mix thoroughly with your hands until evenly coated.
Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray. Lay out the jicama fries on the baking sheet and cook for 20 minutes. Flip the fries and cook for another 20 minutes. When the fries are golden brown and crispy, take them out of the oven and place on a towel.
Meanwhile, make the sauce by placing the Greek yogurt, lemon juice, garlic clove and spinach in a food processor. Process until combined. Season with salt and pepper.