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Jicama Fries vs American French Fries: 6 Major Differences among them

Snacks (for example, chocolate bars, nuts, cookies, crisps, and chips) are loved by everyone, either they are kids, adults, or elderlies. One of those snack items that goes perfectly fine with every meal, and also can be munched during the “no-meal” hours, are fries.

Reality Check: the fries are immensely in demand as they company well with many food items like salads, steaks, etc. Most probably, you might not have seen people dipping fries into their soft drinks; Well, we did. Astonished? Let us tell you; No doubt, the fries tasted delicious even with a soft drink dip. Lol!

Though, you would know about different kinds of fries like normal fries, mayo fries, and curly fries. But, here, you will find two unique yet delectable fries’ recipes that are famous yet different, not rivals but exceptional in health benefits. These are:

  • American French Fries
  • Jicama Fries

More to that, you would also like to read about other detail about these two fries (if you are a true fries’ lover). To know more, read below.

Jicama Fries

Jicama is a root vegetable, which is of the same color as a turnip but slightly bigger in shape. Moreover, the jicama looks pretty much like potatoes (but are not potatoes). The jicama is the low-fat vegetable that is also the best source of calcium and potassium. Plus, it is less sugary. Check some fun “Ly’s” below:

  • Amazingly, the jicama is also known as a “Mexican turnip” or “Mexican yam bean.”
  • Additionally, you can eat jicama raw (uncooked). But many people love to have them in the form of fries.
  • Interestingly, the jicama fries are also known as keto

Do you know? Jicama is pronounced as “juh-kaa-muh” in a British accent, and as “hi-kuh-muh” in an American accent

American French Fries

American French fries or potatoes French fries, as the name tells, are famous in the US for its shape and taste. These French fries are made up of potatoes, and surely, there would be no one who doesn’t know about potatoes. If you don’t, then you have never tasted anything good. Lol. Just kidding!

Now, let’s find out how they are being cut for fries.

How to Cut? – Jicama Vs. American (Potato) French Fries

Cutting is all that makes fries appealing. See below the procedure:

Jicama: Simply peel-off the jicama because the outer skin is not edible, and remove all the stringy parts. Later, to give them a fries’ look, you can opt for any of these ways:

  • Lop it off into slabs holding the jicama from where the width is small, in a vertical position to cut the long sticks.
  • Cut the jicama into slabs and further into sticks on the cutting board in any shape (if you don’t want to make long-stick jicama fries)

Potatoes: Cutting of the potatoes French fries is the same as of the jicama, but the only difference is potatoes sticks can be fried in both ways (peeled or unpeeled). Though, you can cut the French fries in plenty of shapes. Also, potatoes are good in iron, magnesium, potassium, and phosphorus.

Pro-tip: After cutting French fries in the required shape, soak the potato sticks in the water for some time before putting them down in the deep fryer.

For the recipes, scroll a little more and grab it!

In the meanwhile, check how healthy jicama and potatoes are by looking into their Nutritions Chart down below.

Nutritious Level of Jicama and Potatoes

Here are healthy nutrition facts of both vegetables that are being used to make fries. Also, the estimation is based on the 1 cup quantity of each.

Nutrition Facts Jicama Potatoes
Dietary 6.4g 1.8g
Carbs 11.47g 11.78g
Vitamin C 44% 14.78mg
Calories 49 calories 116 calories

Below, we will brief the difference between these vegetable fries in detail.

6 Amazing Differences – Jicama Fries Vs. American French Fries

1.    Different Vegetables And Different Taste

As discussed above, jicama fries are cooked after processing jicama vegetables. But American French fries are made when potatoes are being cut and shaped. With this, the taste of both vegetables is different. For instance, jicama tastes like apples, and potatoes are slightly bitter when the moisture is released.

2.    Texture and Fries Shape

Jicama resembles famous potatoes, but the texture varies. Potatoes are juicier and a bit softer than jicama. However, the jicama has a crunchy, peary, and a bit hard texture. Despite the differences, the shapes of both fries could be the same (or can be cut differently).

You are the chef, do as you want, cut as you like.

Do you know? Potatoes help to improve the digestive system.

3.    Jicama – A Great Source of Fiber Than Potatoes

Potatoes are good for so many reasons, especially when they are not deep-fried. Both potatoes and jicama are enriched with multiple nutritious factors like fibers and carbohydrates. Yet, jicama is a great source of fibers than potatoes, especially in prebiotics.

4.    Number of Calories

Whenever we opt for something to eat, we prefer to go for a low-calory diet. Right? In this scenario, the jicama wins over the potatoes as it is enriched with higher nutrition and lower calories.

Important! Jicama fries are an alternative of potato fries for weight loss and are delicious, indeed. Still, jicama is a substitute and can’t beat the taste of original potato French fries.

5.    Impact on Weight

Due to the calories level in both vegetables, it is easy to understand which food item has a more severe effect on weight. As the potatoes consume more calories, so the chances of getting fat are more obvious. Instead, jicama is usually used in many diet plans like keto, as it helps to reduce the weight.

6.    Blood Sugar Regulation

Jicama is low in glycemic index, and in comparison, the potatoes are slightly higher in proportion. Hence, it proves that jicama (or its fries) can help prevent spikes in blood sugar levels and improve blood circulation and regulates sugar level.

Random Tip: Use Deep Fry Chef Basket so that the extra oil can leave the crispy chips. The more fries would be oily and greasy, the more they would affect the heart’s health. This basket will let you have soggy-less fries on the dining table.

Finally, it’s time to get a wing to the yummiest part of the content – the recipes.

Fries Recipes

Both American French fries and jicama fries can be baked or fried. Below, we will share some super yummy fries’ recipes.

Baked/Fryer-made Jicama Fries (servings: 4)


  • 8 cups jicama (sliced like matchsticks)
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil
  • 2 tsp yeast
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper

Optional – Keto Chili Cheese Topping (if you want to make them spicy and cheesy)

  • 1 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1/2 cup Cheddar cheese (shredded)
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 lb Ground beef
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic powder
  • 1/2 tbsp Cumin
  • 5 oz diced tomatoes with green chilies (about 3/4 of a 10-oz)
  • 1/2 tbsp Chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp Sea salt


  • Boil the jicama sticks before frying or baking them.
  • Later, season the jicama sticks with all the spicy and flavors, and fry them in the deep fryer.
  • (Or) spread fries on the baking tray so that they can be baked in the preheated oven (to 425F). Bake the fries for 25-30 minutes.
  • Next, to make fries more delicious, add all the toppings and put them in the oven for 10 minutes to bake. (optional)
  • Once done, you can sprinkle some crushed chili flakes over the fries and serve them with dipping sauce.

Yum-Tip: You can make many variations of sauces and dips to pair with fries. By doing so, you can get an amazing yet unique flavor that your taste buds will wonderfully enjoy as well.

American French Fries (servings: 6)


  • 4 large potatoes (chopped in )
  • Salt as desired (usually a few pinches)
  • Canola, peanut oil, or any other oil you use to fry (to fill 3 -inches of the vessel)
  • Deep fryer and basket (or use a deep pot to fry)

Optional Seasoning

  • Black pepper (optional)
  • 1/2 tbsp Red chili flakes (optional)
  • Baking powder (optional to sprinkle)


  • Season the potato sticks with all the sprinkles and spices.
  • Add the fries-cut potatoes in the deep fryer using a deep-fry basket (as mentioned above) so that you can get them out easily.
  • In the end, serve the American French fries with your favorite dip.

Note: You can also bake the American French fries in the oven.

Bottom Line

In a nutshell, both types of fries have different health factors and are equally important. So, having jicama fries and American French fries keep the health good and taste buds alive. Let’s end it with our rule of thumb.

“Never think twice whenever you want to have fries.”

Have a yummy, fry day!

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