FRENCH FRIES MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE… so I’ve gathered our family favorite low carb french fries recipes together in this quick and easy guide!
Because I used to miss french fries — those warm, salty, dippable, greasy, crunchy outside, soft inside little treats. How could any low carb-er not?
Then, I discovered all the delicious LOW CARB! alternatives — zucchini fries, jicama fries, and rutabaga fries, to name a few. All work wonders with a myriad of low carb recipes for sauce.
Friends, if you’re feeling “naughty” and want a delicious side, then this guide is for you! Let’s find your favorite veggie/coating combo!
Low carb french fries… what’s not to love?!
- Each of these low carb french fries is made from VEGETABLES
- There are baked AND fried versions, so you can enjoy what works best with your eating plan
- Quick, easy, and painless! Each of these options uses basic kitchen techniques and can be thrown together painlessly on a whim.
Here’s everything you need to know about making low carb french fries.
Low carb vegetables – here are your options, and why some are better than others.
My top 2 favorite vegetables for french fries are jicama and rutabaga — each of these low in net carb (not total carb) vegetables have a similar taste, texture, and appearance to traditional fries.
You can also try other veggies for a french fry SUBSTITUTE: zucchini, turnips, portobello mushrooms, avocados, eggplants, and green beans. I’ll only share the zucchini instructions below, but know that you can use the same method with any of these veggies.
The coating – keep it simple, or get as fancy as you like. I love cajun seasoning, salt + pepper, or Italian seasoning, depending on what I’m serving these fries with.
You can also use low carb cheese such as grated parmesan or crushed pork rinds for an even crispier surface on softer veggies like zucchini and avocado.
Tools To Make
Just a few simple kitchen tools needed here:
- Sharp knife to slice you veggies into french fry shapes.
- Baking sheet to bake your veggies into crisp and delicious form.
Low carb french fries are best served immediately, but if you have any leftovers, stash them in an airtight container in the fridge and reheat in the oven or toaster oven — microwave not recommended here!
Let’s be honest, fries are great, but they’re way better dipped in sauuuce!
You can even make or buy aioli that matches your low carb french fry seasoning: Pesto, wasabi, garlic, sriracha, you name it!
These low carb fries are crazy customizable, and can work with whatever dish you’re serving! Here are some ideas so you can get creative with your own variation:
- Swap the seasoning. Cajun seasoning, Old Bay, Italian seasoning, low carb taco seasoning. Whatever your craving can be used instead of salt and pepper.
- Instead of baked, try deep-fried french fries! Check out this low carb onion rings for a delicious french fry alternative. You can also use this coating and cooking method on the veggie below.
- Swap the veggies. Check out the ingredient section above for all my suggestions! Know that you can mix and match the coating to veggie that you’re craving — again I like to add a crunchy coating to softer veggies.
Looking for more veggie based low carb side dishes to serve with your next meal? Here are a few of our faves!
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Select Your Veggie (1 From Below):
- 1 Jicama
- 2 Rutabaga
- 3 Zucchinis
Coating for Jicama + Rutabaga:
- 1 Tablespoon Mild Tasting Oil (see notes below)
- Salt and Pepper
Coating for Zucchini:
- 2 Eggs whisked
- 1/2 Cup Parmesan Cheese grated
- 1 Tablespoon Italian Seasoning
- Preheat oven to 400 F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Prep Veggies...For zucchini: Cut the tops off the zucchinis (3), then cut each in half and quarter each half lengthwise.For rutabaga or jicama: Remove thick skin (I find the easiest way to do this is with a sharp knife) and cut into fry strips.
- Coat Fries...For zucchini: Place whisked eggs (2) in 1 wide-mouthed bowl, and combine Italian seasoning (1 tablespoon) and grated parmesan (1/2 cup) in another. Dip each fry into the whisked egg, then in the Italian seasoning/parmesan. Press the parmesan into the fries to adhere.For rutabaga or jicama: Toss the fries in oil (1 tablespoon) and season with seasoning.
- Place on a baking sheet, and bake:For zucchini: for 16-20 minutes, or until the parmesan starts to brown.For rutabaga or jicama: for 35-45 minutes, tossing halfway in between.
- Serve warm and enjoy!
Fans Also Made These Low Carb Recipes:
- Mild Tasting Oil. You want an oil with a high smoke point and mild flavor -- think avocado, vegetable, safflower, sunflower, peanut. Skip EVOO, coconut, or sesame oil.
- Nutritional information for the jicama fries (for 1 serving if you divide the recipe in 4): 93 calories, 15g TOTAL carbs, 7g NET carbs, 1g protein, 4g fat
- Nutritional information for the rutabaga fries (for 1 serving if you divide the recipe in 4): 102 calories, 17g TOTAL carbs, 13g NET carbs, 2g protein, 4g fat
- Nutritional information for the zucchini fries (for 1 serving if you divide the recipe in 4):