Top Rated Jicama Recipes
What could be more summer inspired than a watermelon salsa? This appetizer is great for entertaining and has a blend of light, refreshing flavors that your guests are sure to love. Recipe courtesy of Karen Kelly, Seasonal Cravings
Sometimes called the Mexican yam, jicama can be used in pretty much any smoothie recipe. The sweet, mild, nutty flavor is an added bonus along with lots of vitamin C and fiber. Not to mention it is low in sodium, boosts digestive health, and adds great texture to this fruity smoothie. Courtesy of peacefuldumpling.com
A salpicón is a brightly flavored salad that is used to garnish tostadas. Here, it is used as a garnish for a create-your-own-guacamole bar.
If you’re serving a tough crowd (aka those who don’t eat meat), this is a really refreshing and satisfying way to serve up some steaks, if you will.
We first served this dip at our very first New Year’s Eve party in New York City, and it was an instant hit. It has since become a cocktail party staple. If you don’t want to use lump crabmeat in the recipe, we have also successfully substituted in high-quality canned crabmeat.Perfect to serve at a risky-business themed party.Adapted from Lauren Purcell and Anne Purcell Grissinger's "Cocktail Parties, Straight Up!"
Steak can often feel like a heavy meal, so this recipe balances it out with a light, textured salad. It's perfect for a quick dinner or for impressing guests. The key to this recipe is the proper ingredients: you need fresh lettuce and crunchy jicama to ensure the salad stands out as much as the steak.Click here for Beef Recipes for Any Night of the Week
Here’s a fantastic holiday glazed- ham with a Mexican-inspired twist that’s also fit to serve any time of the year for special occasion dinners.Click here to see A Mexican-Inspired Holiday Dinner.
What Is Jicama?
When you look at the solid brown orb known as jicama the word "bean" probably won't be the first thing you think of. Jicama appears to be a root vegetable, but it's also a member of the Fabaceae family, the same group that counts peas as the main member. Jicama (pronounced HEE-kah-mah) doesn't look, feel or act like a pea or bean, though there may be the smallest bit of the flavor ensconced in this ingredient's crunchy white flesh. This veggie is commonly used in Mexican cuisine, and there is plenty you can do with it.
What Are Jicama Fries?
Jicama fries are derived from the jicama root vegetable, basically a type of turnip. Today, it’s being used as a low carb replacement for potatoes. Don’t get your hopes up too much. They don’t taste exactly like French fries, but they are still delicious: crispy on the inside and juicy all over. Sprinkled with the right spice mix, you have yourself a healthy, guilt-free snack.
Of course, there’s not one set recipe for Jicama fries. Food bloggers are using different methods and ingredients to cook up these babies. Some are frying them with spices and herbs, while others are dousing them in mushroom gravy, and some are whipping up the most delectable dips. The best thing? Most of these are either low carb or vegan and low in calories!
Which jicama recipe is best? There’s not one, but many you can choose from. In just a moment, we’ll take you through our favorites!
So how do you make jicama fries? In this recipe, I start by microwaving the jicama strips to soften them. Then I add olive oil and spices and bake them in a hot oven until tender-crisp. The detailed instructions are listed in the recipe card below. Here are the basic steps:
You start by peeling the jicama and cutting it into strips. As mentioned above, these days you can also find it in many stores already cut into strips.
Next, you microwave the strips to make them somewhat tender, then dry them with paper towels.
Toss them with olive oil and spices, then bake for about 40 minutes in a 400°F oven.
For those of you who love French fries but are following a low carb or keto diet, it might be time to explore an alternative to those traditional fries made from potatoes. Jicama is a crisp, white-fleshed tuber from Central America that is often used in Mexican cooking. The exterior is fibrous and papery, but when peeled away it reveals a crisp inside that resembles a raw potato or pear. The flavor is subtly sweet and starchy, making it a smart swap for fries.
Start by peeling the jicama to remove the firm exterior. Use caution because it tends to be a bit more difficult to peel a jicama than a potato. Once the jicama is peeled, it should be cut into fry-like pieces. Thinner pieces will cook faster and yield crisper fries.
Because jicama has a mild flavor, it pairs well with bold seasoning. South-of-the-border inspired flavors work well, such as chili powder, garlic, onion, and cumin. Make sure the jicama fries are well seasoned with salt as well. For a burst of fresh flavor, jicama fries are great finished with a squeeze of fresh lime and a sprinkle of fresh chopped fresh cilantro just before serving.
Chile Lime Jicama Sticks – Crunchy & Refreshing Keto Snack!
In a large bowl, toss the jicama with lime juice. Toss around with chile powder and salt to taste. Add in chopped cilantro. Enjoy!
Yield: 2 pounds (6 cups chopped), Serving Size: 1/3 pound (1 cup chopped)
Amount Per Serving: 47.5 Calories | 0.2g Fat | 11.2g Total Carbs | 5.8g Fiber | 2.3g Sugar | 1.0g Protein | 5.3g Net Carbs
Chile lime jicama sticks make a unique and refreshing keto snack!
Looking to liven up your same old snack routine? You&rsquove gotta try topping raw jicama with a simple blend of lime, chile powder, and salt! It&rsquos seriously such a yummy and crunchy keto snack idea with lots of bright flavors. Plus this takes about 10 minutes to make and you can pack some in a container to munch on while on the go or at home.
Jicama is a Mexican root vegetable that&rsquos crunchy like a potato, yet slightly sweet tasting similar to an asian pear. The taste is pretty mild so it can easily take on the flavors of seasonings and become super versatile in recipes as a substitute for potatoes and even yummy crunchy dippers for appetizers.
Some of our other favorite keto recipes utilizing jicama are:
The result is a satisfying crunchy snack with a sweet & spicy taste from the jicama and seasonings. If you&rsquove ever had Mexican-inspired sweet watermelon with chile and lime seasoning, this has the same vibes, except it&rsquos totally keto-friendly!
5 Delicious Recipes for Low-Carb Jicama “Tortillas”
At my local grocery store I picked up an interesting whole food wrap, called a jicama “tortilla.” Jicama is a crisp, sweet, edible tuber, with a tough brown peel, and smooth white flesh. It is widely used in Mexican cuisine. Now before you go, “ewwww,” let me tell you that these wonderful, round, raw slices are pliable and delicious with the right filling. If you are eating raw, vegetarian/vegan, low-carb, or Trim Healthy Mama, this little slice can really help bring a recipe in line with your diet! Traditional taco fillings would probably not work with this fresh flavor and texture, but I tried a few combinations that were terrific!
Dice an avocado, add a pinch of pink Himalayan salt, then mix in cilantro or parsley, sliced tomato, and finely chopped green onion. Yum! Make a pot of Mexican Marigold Mint tea to pair with this delicious meal.
A fresh tabbouleh filling is lovely with a jicama tortilla! If you can tolerate tabbouleh with bulgur, by all means use it. If you need a recipe that is gluten-free, try quinoa rather than bulgur. Finally, I found this recipe that is seed/grain free. Ground chickpeas substitute for bulgur and quinoa in this recipe. This makes a delish “feast in the middle east.”
This wrap worked really well with sliced deli turkey, shredded carrots, herbs, shredded kale or lettuce, and a homemade green goddess dressing. M-m-m.
The jicama tortillas have the appearance and pliability of rice wraps. Adding chicken, julienned carrots, and shredded napa cabbage or other greens would make a lovely change to a lettuce or rice wrap. Here’s a terrific recipe for Szechuan Chicken Rice Wraps . Simply substitute the rice paper/wraps with the jicama tortilla. Serve with the suggested sauce or make a fresh peanut sauce to serve on the side.
Jicama has a crunchy, light, and slightly sweet texture somewhat similar to watermelon. A light watermelon dice with a fresh poppyseed dressing in a jicama wrap is heavenly. The watermelon is not low-carb, of course, but it is a much healthier alternative to other sugar-laden desserts.
So, I would love for you to post your favorite way to eat jicama tortillas or tell me your thoughts if you decided just to try them!
How To Cut Jicama For Tortillas
Are you ready to make a batch of fresh jicama tortillas? They are easier than many veggie tortilla recipes, because you don’t have to shred and mix any kind of batter. Instead, jicama tortillas are basically sliced jicama!
- Cut off the ends of the jicama, so they are wide and flat.
- Peel the jicama. Placing the jicama flat side down, use a paring knife or peeler to peel off the skin. Start from the top and move down toward the counter, then flip and repeat to get the edges of the other side.
- Use a mandolin to slice the jicama into really thin tortillas. Try to use the thinnest setting whenever possible to get the best results. If you want to know how to thinly slice jicama, this is really the best way. A knife is not recommended, because they will be too thick and will not bend well.
PRO TIP: If your jicama is too large, it might not fit on the mandolin. If this happens, you can trim it after peeling to make it a bit smaller.
How to make keto fries with jicama
You need to peel and slice the fresh jicama unless you can find them already peeled and cut into sticks. Because it&rsquos difficult to get uniform slices by hand I used a mandoline slicer with a very sharp blade.
One thing about jicama is that it&rsquos very crisp. Therefore, it&rsquos best to boil the raw jicama before baking. I put them in boiling water for about ten minutes before cooking them in the oven.
I was in the mood for seasoned low carb fries, so I sprinkled on some spices. If you like hot spicy, feel free to add some cayenne powder. I kept it on the mild side for mine.
There are many different seasoning blends you can use. I had a large jar of smoky paprika so I used that along with cumin. Garlic powder and salt were also sprinkled in.
After mixing in the seasonings, the keto fries are spread out evenly on a greased baking sheet. I like to just drizzle on some avocado oil or olive oil. Then, the low carb french fries are baked at 400°F for about 30 minutes.
Restaurants currently purchasing this product as an ingredient for their menu.
|Miss B's Coconut Club||San Diego CA||858-381-0855|
|Red Tail Catering||San Marcos CA||858-605-8219|
|Brigantine Coronado||Coronado CA||619-435-4166|
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|Kettner Exchange||San Diego CA||909-915-9877|
|Bleu Boheme||San Diego CA||619-255-4167|
|Municipal Taco||Oceanside CA||760-231-1999|
|Pacifica Del Mar||Del Mar CA||858-792-0505|
|Brockton Villa Restaurant||San Diego CA||858-454-7393|
|Continental Catering Inc||La Mesa CA||907-738-9264|
|Graze||San Diego CA||619-839-9852|
|Supernatural Sandwich (Miramar)||San Diego CA||858-831-7835|
|Brigantine La Mesa||La Mesa CA||619-465-1935|
|Galaxy Taco||La Jolla CA||858-228-5655|
|Cal A Vie||Vista CA||760-945-2055|
|Saffron Thai LLC||San Diego CA||619-574-7737|
|MCRD-Marine Corps Recruit Dept||San Diego CA||619-725-6478|
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|La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club||San Diego CA||858-454-7126|
|Four Seasons Residence Club||Carlsbad CA||760-603-6360|
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|Firefly Beach||San Diego CA||619-222-6440|
|Brigantine Corp||San Diego CA||858-926-9644|
|Brigantine Imperial Beach||Imperial Beach CA||619-591-1350|
|Mission Pacific||Oceanside CA||760-450-7864|
|La Costa Resort & Spa Main Kitchen||Carlsbad CA||760-930-7063|
|Village Vino||San Diego CA||619-546-8466|
|La Jolla Country Club||San Diego CA||858-454-9601|
|Lauberge Del Mar||Del Mar CA||858-259-1515|
|Quality Coast Inc||San Diego CA||619-734-1114|
|Pier 32 Water Front Grill||National City CA||619-718-6240|
|Milton's Delicatessen, Grill & Bakery||Del Mar CA||858-792-2225|
|Cocina Calavera||San Diego CA||213-435-4893|
|Campfire Bar||Carlsbad CA||858-231-0862|
|The Joint||San Diego CA||619-222-8272|
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|Waters Catering||San Diego CA||619-276-8803 x4|
|Saiko Sushi-North Park||San Diego CA||619-886-6656|
|San Diego Freedom Ranch||Campo CA||619-478-5696|
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|Home & Away - Old Town||San Diego CA||619-886-1358|
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|Vista Valley||Vista CA||760-758-2800|
|Belching Beaver Brewery Tavern and Grill||Vista CA||760-509-4424|
|Carte Hotel||San Diego CA||619-365-1858|
|Pete's Premade Paleo||San Diego CA||770-359-8274|
|Olivewood Gardens and Learning Center||National City CA||619-434-4281|
|Marriott Coronado||Coronado CA||619-435-3000 x6335|
|Chateau Lake San Marcos||San Marcos CA||760-670-5807|
|The Local-Pacific Beach||San Diego CA||858-263-7475|
|Supernatural Sandwich (Little Italy)||San Diego CA||619-230-5976|
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|264 Fresco (Kitchen)||Carlsbad CA||760-720-3737|
|Catering By Felicia G.||San Diego CA||619-742-4747|
|The Wild Thyme Company||San Diego CA||858-527-0226|
|Le Papagayo (Carlsbad)||Carlsbad CA||949-235-5862|
|Marriott Marina Kitchen||San Diego CA||619-234-1500 x6113|
|264 Fresco (Deck Kitchen)||Carlsbad CA||760-720-3737|
|Rosewood Kitchen||Oceanside CA||760-231-5886|
|Ebullition Brew Works & Gastronomy||Carlsbad CA||760-504-4492|
|PFC Fitness Camp||Carlsbad CA||888-488-8936|
|Rabbit Hole||San Diego CA||619-255-4653|
|UCSD La Jolla (Pritikin Intensive)||San Diego CA||858-657-6473|
|Our Green Affair||San Diego CA||858-337-9196|
|Wheat & Water||La Jolla CA||858-291-8690|
|Home and Away Encinitas||Encinitas CA||619-886-1358|
|The Bier Garden||Encinitas CA||760-632-2437|
|Brigantine Del Mar||Del Mar CA||858-481-1166|
|Le Papagayo (Encinitas)||Encinitas CA||760-944-8252|
|Pacific Coast Grill||Solana Beach CA||858-794-4632|
|Brigantine Pt Loma||San Diego CA||619-224-2871|
|Baja Betty's||San Diego CA||619-269-8510|
|Great Maple Hillcrest||San Diego CA||619-255-2282|
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|Paradise Point Resort Barefoot||San Diego CA||858-490-6363|
|Del Mar Country Club||Rancho Santa Fe CA||858-759-5500 x207|
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|Pacific Regent La Jolla||San Diego CA||858-597-8008|
|Thyme for Something Homemade||Rancho Santa Fe CA||858-245-1004|
|Brigantine Escondido||Escondido CA||760-743-4718|
|Bernardo Heights Country Club||San Diego CA||858-487-4022|
|Miho||San Diego CA||619-365-5655|
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|Bridges at Rancho Santa Fe||Rancho Santa Fe CA||858-759-6063|
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|The Compass||Carlsbad CA||760-434-1900|
|The Seabird Resort||Oceanside CA||951-704-9703|
|Truluck's Seafood Steak and Crab House||San Diego CA||858-453-2583|
|Bishop School||San Diego CA||858-459-4021 x212|
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Recipes that include Jicama. One is easiest, three is harder.
|Vegan in the Freezer||Patriotic Passion Cocktail|
|Choosy Beggars||Jicama with Sweet Chili Salt|
|Natasha's Kitchen||Terahs Delicious Lettuce Wraps|
|Autoimmune Paleo||Jicama, Pear, and Mint Salad with Citrus-Ginger Dressing|
|B-eing Paleofabulous||Jicama Fries and Ketchup|
|Eat, Live, Run||Jicama Mango Salad with Zesty Lime Vinaigrette|
|Paleo Grubs||Paleo Jicama Dill â€œPotatoâ€? Salad|
|Meet Me in the Kitchen||Jicama and Black Bean Salad|
|Running to the Kitchen||Citrus Herb Jicama Chips|
|The Detoxinista||Vegan Spicy Tune Sushi Dinner|
|Blissful Basil||Colorful Jicama Noodle Salad with Creamy Tahini Ginger Dressing|
|Eat The Gains||Spicy Pineapple Jicama Guacamole|
|Fork and Beans||Jicama Home Fries|
|Pinch My Salt||Tangerine and Jicama Salad|
|Zen Belly Catering||Jicama Taco Shells|
|GastRAWnomica||Raw Rolled Jicama Tacos|
|Pinn's Plate||Jicama Fish Tacos|
|A Girl Worth Saving||Grain Free Fried Rice|
|The Gracious Pantry||Clean Eating Jicama Winter Salsa|
|Two Peas and Their Pod||Strawberry, Mango, and Jicama Salad|
|Inspiralized||Spicy Spiralized Shoe String Jicama Fries|
|Rawmazing||Raw Jicama Veggie Chips|
|Durable Health||Jicama Chips|
|Sweet C's Designs||Paleo Fajita Jicama Hash|
|The Other Side of the Tortilla||Mayan Citrus and Jicama Salad|
|Good Dinner Mom||Jicama Slaw|
|Tablespoon||Watermelon, Mango and Jicama Salad|
|The Stay at Home Chef||Jicama Salsa|
15 Jicama Recipes
After posting a recipe for this Low Carb Chorizo and Jicama skillet last week, I got inundated with reader emails asking me for more jicama recipes. Specifically, more gluten-free and paleo jicama recipes.
I hear you – we have been feeling the same way in our house lately, using jicama in a lot more dishes than ever before and making the transition to cooking with jicama in addition to eating it raw in various ways.
I’ve always liked the crunchy, mild taste (and the price!) and appreciate that jicama can be a tasty low-carb, high-fiber substitution for potatoes and other starches in many recipes.
I reached out to some of my food blogger friends and have gathered 15 jicama recipes – all using jicama in new and interesting ways.
Click on the link(s) or the photo(s) to go directly to the recipes. Enjoy and happy jicama cooking!
1. Ensalada Xec: Mayan Citrus and Jicama Salad from The Other Side of The Tortilla
2. Jicama & Cabbage Slaw from Everyday Maven
Jicama and Cabbage Slaw (Paleo. Vegan. Dairy Free.)
4. Citrus Herb Jicama “Chips” from Running to the Kitchen
Citrus Herb Jicama “Chips” from Running to the Kitchen
Chipotle Squash Salad with Jicama, Goat Cheese and Avocado from Eats Well with Others
6. Low Carb Chorizo and Jicama Skillet from Everyday Maven
Low Carb Chorizo and Jicama Skillet from Everyday Maven
7. Grain Free Jicama “Fried Rice” from A Girl Worth Saving
Grain Free Jicama “Fried Rice” from A Girl Worth Saving
8. Jicama and Watermelon Salad from Dinners, Dishes and Desserts
Jicama and Watermelon Salad from Dinners, Dishes and Desserts
9. Jicama Home Fries from Fork & Beans
10. Jicama Pico de Gallo from The Other Side of The Tortilla
Jicama Pico de Gallo from The Other Side of The Tortilla
12. Jicama and Turnip Slaw from The Roasted Root
Jicama and Turnip Slaw from The Roasted Root
14. Dublin Coddle with Jicama from VA Hunter Gatherers
Dublin Coddle with Jicama from VA Hunter Gatherers
Do you have another interesting way that you use jicama? If so, I would love to hear it!
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