Baked Jicama Fries

Jicama-fries

Have you ever had jicama or Mexican yam? It is actually from the bean family. Its high in fiber, 90% water, a good source of vitamin C and potassium. Raw jicama has a sweet flavor because it contains oligofructose inulin which is a prebiotic. Most of you are so used to hearing about probiotics but have you ever heard about prebiotic? I first learned about prebiotic over 20 years ago when my professor in college taught about the benefits of prebiotics and she advocated that prebiotics were better than probiotics. At that time I honestly didn’t understand a lot about what she was talking about and I didn’t care much as I do today about gut health. A prebiotic is a plant fiber that stimulates the growth and activity of good bacteria  that are already in the colon. This plant fiber is indigestible but provide great health benefits to the body.

Unlike probiotics, prebiotics are not destroyed by heat. Probiotics are live bacteria found in fermented dairy, so they have to be kept alive by keeping them cold. Prebiotics are not only found in jicama but also found in Jerusalem artichoke, beans, onions, garlic, chicory root, skin of apples, bananas, asparagus. Prebiotics are therefore beneficial to help disease like Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Chron’s disease, candida albicans, relieve diarrhea after antibiotic use.

I normally ate jicama raw but this time I wanted to make jicama fries instead. I oven baked them and was very pleased the taste and outcome. I  didn’t want the strong crunch so I decide to cook the jicama before I bake them. I served them with guacamole. This vegetable will be a regular on my shopping list. Jicama fries are a low calorie alternative that are great in a vegan, gluten-free, candida diet lifestyle.

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium jicama
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, melted
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic granules
  • 1/4 teaspoon granulated onion
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt

Directions:

Preheat oven 400°F. Peel jicama and cut into fries. Bring water to boil in medium saucepan on medium heat, add jicama and cook for 8 minutes until jicama is less crunchy. Drain water using a colander, transfer jicama slices  in a large bowl and toss with olive oil, paprika, garlic, onion, cayenne pepper and sea salt. Place in a single layer on a prepared baking sheet. Bake for 30 minutes or until crispy, turning halfway. Delicious served with guacamole.

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  1. I have never had cooked jicama before, I’ve only had it raw. But why not cook it, right? Can’t wait to try this one.

  2. Florian @ContentednessCooking

    I’ve never tried jicama before! normally I use sweet potatoes for making fries but I will give these definitely a try!

  3. I love Jicama! We call it singkamas in the Philippines and I often had it for snacking but never thought of baking it into fries – what a delicious idea! Pinned, too.

  4. I’ve never had jicama, but I see it at the store all the time. This looks like a good reason to try it for the first time!

  5. Kara @ Yaya Recommended

    I love jicama! Checkers are also fascinated when I buy it lol. It tastes wonderful as fries, especially with lots of cayenne + pepper! Pinned and shared :D

  6. Leia @ Eat It & Say Yum

    I’ve never tried jicama, but I love french fries! I”ll have to keep an eye out for jicama at the store.

  7. What does a Jicama or Mexican yam look like raw? Is it found in the grocery store or some other type of store? Where & how do you know how to pick them to be sure they are fresh? We’ve never heard of or seen anything like this. Looks interesting. How is it fried in coconut oil? What is the texture like or supposed to be like?

    • Michelle Blackwood

      Its a brown skin round tuber with icy white flesh, its crispy and slightly sweet starchy vegetable. Found in the international vegetable section of the grocery store. It can be fried in coconut oil.

  8. Tabitha Willette
    5.0

    Ohhhh I have never tries these but they look fantastic. I am def going to have to make these.

  9. Sheri Ann Richerson
    5.0

    I’ve never tried jicama but have seen it at the store. I might have to try this recipe. Thanks for sharing!

  10. Christine - Jar Of Lemons
    5.0

    I have jimica sitting in my fridge right now and I was just trying to figure out what to make with it! Thanks for the recipe, looks amazing!

  11. Tione @ Beauty that walks

    I’ve never tried any of these but they sure do look delicious.

    Tione – beautythatwalks.com

  12. I’ve never had jicama before! It looks really delightful, I bet you can make a lot of dishes with it, this recipe is something the family and I will enjoy though. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  13. These jicama fries look so tasty. I love the look of the batter. Looks like something I would love.

  14. Ann Bacciaglia

    Jicama fries look so delicious. I have never tried Jicama before. I will have to get the ingredients so i can make some this weekend.

  15. Life as a Convert

    I think I have tried them before and they were delicious. I suddenly have a taste for them with some Ranch.

  16. Lalia Frolick

    YUM! These look even better than regular seasoned fries. I’ve been wanting to try cooking with jicama at home. This is perfect!

  17. Ayesha Heart

    Yum! This is new to me :) I’ll ask my Aunt to make me some I’m sure she’ll like it too. Thanks

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