Jicama Fries are a healthier alternative to French fries and are great as a side dish, snack, or appetizer with a dipping sauce. The fries are seasoned and then cooked in the air fryer until they are crispy on the outside. If you like fries but want something lighter, these are WW-friendly and so delicious.
Jicama fries are a great way to satisfy a French fry craving, but instead of using potatoes, the fries are made with fresh jicama. It has a similar texture and gets crispy when you cook it, especially if you use an air fryer.
I’ve made quite a few Weight Watchers air fryer recipes lately, and it is fun to come up with alternatives for higher-calorie, less healthy dishes. This jicama fries recipe is always a favorite, and you don’t have to be on WW to enjoy it.
What is Jicama?
Jicama is a type of vegetable from Mexico, although it’s now grown in many parts of the world. It has a crispy and juicy texture that is similar to a potato. However, the flavor is a little sweeter.
We are slicing jicama into fries for this recipe, seasoning them so they have a kick of heat, and then cooking them in the air fryer until crispy. Then, you can serve them like regular fries with your favorite sauces.
Ingredients for Jicama Fries
- Chili powder
- Smoked paprika
- Garlic powder
How to Prep the Jicama
Use a vegetable peeler to peel the skin and discard it.
Slice the jicama in half and then slice it into ½” slices. Cut each piece into ½” sticks.
How to Make Jicama Fries
Place the fries in a large bowl. Coat them with cooking spray and then toss them, so they are coated evenly.
Sprinkle all of the seasonings over the fries and gently toss them so the spices are evenly coating them. The easiest way to do this is with your hands.
Heat the air fryer to 375°F and spray the basket with cooking spray.
Place the seasoned fries in a single layer in the basket. Don’t stack the fries; otherwise, they won’t cook evenly. If needed, cook them in separate batches.
Cook the jicama fries for 15 to 20 minutes. Shake the basket halfway through the cooking time to flip them over. They are done when they are golden and crispy around the edges.
Dipping Sauce Ideas
Feel free to experiment with sauces – many will pair well with air fryer jicama fries. Here are a few we enjoy:
- Greek yogurt dip flavored with garlic, herbs, and lemon juice.
- Salsa verde or regular salsa
- Garlic aioli
Jicama Fries Recipe Variations
It’s easy to change the flavors by using different dried herbs and spices. Here are ideas or create your own combination.
- Dried Italian seasoning and garlic powder
- Cajun seasoning
- Dried parsley, thyme, and onion powder
- Lemon pepper seasoning
Give this jicama fries air fryer recipe a try the next time you want some crispy, dippable fries without all the fat and calories. They’re a little spicy and really delicious - Enjoy!
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WW Jicama Fries Recipe
- 1 ½ pounds Jicama Peeled
- ¾ teaspoon salt
- ¾ teaspoon chili powder
- ¾ teaspoon smoked paprika
- ¾ teaspoon garlic powder
- Cut Jicama in half and then cut into ½ inch thick slices. Then cut the slices into ½ strips. Place jicama in a large bowl and spray with cooking spray. Mix with your hands to make sure all strips are coated. Sprinkle Jicama with salt, chili powder, smoked paprika and garlic powder. Toss with hands to make sure all fries are coated.
- Heat air fryer to 375F. Spray air fryer basket with cooking spray. Arrange jicama in a single layer in basket. You may need to do multiple batches. Cook until browned and crisp on the edges. About 15-20 minutes. Shake the basket after 7 minutes to flip fries.
- You can use different spices on your Jicama. These are a bit spicy, but you could make yours more Italian with garlic and Italian seasoning. Use what you like and experiment.
Jicama Fries can be just as good as your usual potato fries especially if you cook them in the air fryer! We love these because they are delicious and weight watchers friendly.
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