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Air Fryer Jicama Fries (Baked or Air Fried)

Easy Jicama Fries Recipe (Air Fried or Baked!) – Learn the simple steps to make crisp jicama fries in the air fryer or oven. These healthier fries are crunchy, tender, and oh-so-delicious!

Air fried jicama french fries in a shallow bowl with white ramekin of ketchup.

Why We Love This Air Fryer Recipe

Tired of serving your family plain old potato French fries? This easy and healthy airy fryer recipe gives your favorite classic side dish a new spin!

Now, we are certainly not hating on “traditional” fries – we love ’em! But there is no reason to box yourself into only enjoying those made with potatoes. These Air Fryer Jicama Fries have that crispy outside and soft inside you crave, but are made with healthier jicama and way less oil than deep frying.

What do jicama fries taste like?

Jicama is a root vegetable that tastes like a cross between a potato, apple, and water chestnut. They are lightly sweet and a bit earthy, with just the right amount of starchiness to keep them crisp when fried.

Top down view baked jicama fries in a shallow bowl with white ramekin of ketchup.

Ingredients You Need

  • Jicamas – buy them firm with smooth skin
  • Olive oil – or other preferred high-heat oil, like avocado oil
  • Spices – salt, garlic powder, cayenne pepper

Feel free to mix things up and use other seasoning blends! Try our seasoning recipes for Harissa Baked French Fries or spicy Cajun Fries.

Two jicamas with skin on, on a white background.

How to Make Jicama Fries in the Air Fryer

Set out a large sauce pot and fill it with water halfway.

Use a vegetable peeler to peel the jicama. Then carefully slice into fries that are ½ inch thick with a sharp knife.

Place the fries in the water as you cut. Why? Like potatoes, it is best to keep fries in water so they don’t oxidize and brown.

Two jicamas on a white background, one peeled and one with skin on.

Once you’ve cut all the fries, set the pot over medium-high heat. Bring the water to a boil and boil the jicama fries for 10 minutes to soften. Drain well in a colander.

Once the fries have parboiled, preheat the air fryer to 400°F. 

Pat the fries with a paper towel then place them in a large bowl. Drizzle with olive oil.

Drizzling oil over raw jicama slices in a bowl.

Sprinkle with salt, garlic powder, and cayenne. Toss well.

Get the Complete (Printable) Air Fryer Jicama Fries Recipe Below + Video. Enjoy!

Slices of jicama in a mixing bowl, tossed with oil and spices.

When the air fryer is hot, add a couple of large handfuls of jicama fries to the air fryer basket. They can overlap a little bit but make sure to not overfill the basket

Raw sliced jicama fries in an air fryer basket.

Air fry the jicama fries for 12 to 16 minutes, stopping to shake the basket in the middle of the cooking time.

Repeat in remaining batches if needed. Keep the cooked fries warm in a low temperature (about 200°F) oven.

Side view shallow bowl with air fryer jicama fries and ramekin of ketchup.

Serving Suggestions

Enjoy crispy jicama fries with a classic French fry dipping sauce, like ketchup or barbecue sauce. Or try these exciting homemade sauces:

Pair the fries with classics such as hamburgers and hotdogs, sloppy joes, brisket sandwiches, or just about any sandwich or fun main dish!

Top down view fries in a shallow bowl with ramekin of ketchup.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you make baked jicama fries?

Once the fries have been parboiled and seasoned lay them on a prepared baking sheet in a single layer. Bake in a 400°F preheated oven for 40+ minutes, gently stirring halfway through cook time.

Are jicama fries healthy?

They are! Especially when compared to traditional potato fries. Jicama is a low-calorie low-carb food that has less than half as many carbs and calories as potatoes. This recipe is also gluten-free, vegan, nut-free, and keto-friendly!

How do you store and reheat jicama fries?

Baked or air-fried jicama is best to eat fresh and hot. Leftovers technically will keep well for up to 4 days in an airtight container in the fridge. However, the fries will not be as delightfully crunchy and soft once you reheat them.

But if you must save jicama French fries, I highly suggest you reheat them in the air fryer. Heat the fryer to 400°F and cook for only about 2 minutes.

What other seasonings can I use on these fries?

Try mixing up the flavors of jicama fries with herbs and spices like smoked paprika and cumin, italian seasoning and onion powder, lemon pepper seasoning, or your favorite seasoning salt!

Close view of bowl of jicama fries, hand dipping fries in a ramekin of ketchup.

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Air Fryer Jicama Fries

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 22 minutes
Total Time: 42 minutes
Learn the simple steps to make crisp jicama fries in the air fryer or baked in the oven. These healthier French fries are crunchy, tender, and oh-so delicious!
Servings: 4 servings

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Set out a large sauce pot and fill with water halfway.
  • Use a vegetable peeler to peel the jicama. Then carefully slice into fries that are ½ inch thick. Place the fries in the water as you cut.
  • Once you’ve cut all the fries, set the pot over medium high heat. Bring to a boil and boil the jicama fries for 10 minutes to soften. Drain well in a colander.
  • Once the fries have parboiled, preheat the air fryer to 400°F.
  • Pat the fries with a paper towel then place them in a mixing bowl. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt, garlic powder, and cayenne. Toss well.
  • When the air fryer is hot, add a couple of large handfuls of jicama fries to the fry basket. They can overlap a little bit but make sure not to overfill the basket.
  • Air fry the jicama fries for 12 to 16 minutes, stopping to shake the basket in the middle.
  • Repeat in remaining batches if needed. Keep the cooked fries warm in a low temperature oven.

Video

Notes

Pro Tip: For best results, cut the fries as even as possible.
Baked or air-fried jicama is best to eat fresh and hot. Leftovers technically will keep well for up to 4 days in an airtight container in the fridge. However, the fries will not be as delightfully crunchy and soft once you reheat them.
But if you must save jicama French fries, I highly suggest you reheat them in the air fryer. Heat the fryer to 400°F and cook for only about 2 minutes.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cup, Calories: 157kcal, Carbohydrates: 29g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 4g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 3g, Sodium: 304mg, Potassium: 499mg, Fiber: 16g, Sugar: 6g, Vitamin A: 69IU, Vitamin C: 67mg, Calcium: 40mg, Iron: 2mg
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: American
Author: Sommer Collier

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