They may not always be the healthiest choice, but who doesn’t love to nosh on french fries, whether as a snack or side dish? Of course, all those french fries calories can catch up to you, but what if I told you I had a turnip fries recipe that is just as delicious and comes with fewer calories and carbs?
It’s true. That’s why I love this vegan turnip fries recipe.
Why Turnips Are Better Than Potatoes
Which are better for you: potatoes or turnips? Take one look at the nutrition of turnip fries vs. potato fries and you’ll get a clear picture.
Utilizing vitamin C-rich turnips instead of starchy potatoes, this recipe provides another alternative to traditional fries that you can add to your list, along with my sweet potato fries recipe and baked vegetable fries recipe. The biggest difference in terms of nutrition, of course, is that turnips are lower in carbs and calories than potatoes, making them a better option for those following low-carb diets and/or watching their weight.
In addition, turnip nutrition provides slightly more fiber and is a good source of vitamin C and calcium, while potato nutrition is higher in potassium.
OK, but what do turnips taste like, you may be asking yourself. Turns out, they have a similar, if slightly more bitter, taste as potatoes.
Thus, turnip fries ultimately taste very similar to french fries, making them a great variation for the fry lovers out there.
Good for Keto?
Many people wonder, are turnips OK on keto? Thanks to their status as a low-carb root vegetable, they actually make for excellent keto fries.
While one cup of boiled turnips does contain nearly eight grams of carbohydrates, thanks to the 3.1 grams of fiber, the net carbs actually only come out to less than five grams per cup. As such, turnip fries make a healthy, diet-compliant choice for anyone following a ketogenic, Paleo and/or low-carb diet plan.
How to Make Turnip Fries
First, gather the turnips, oil of choice (I use coconut oil in this recipe), garlic powder, sea salt and black pepper. At the same time, preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
Next, peel the turnips and cut them into half-inch thick steak fries wedges. Here’s how to cut turnip fries: Cut the turnips in half, then cut each half into five to six wedges.
Place them in a large bowl.
In that same bowl, add the coconut oil, garlic powder, and black pepper and salt for added taste. Toss the ingredients until the turnip fries are well-coated.
To get cooking, line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place the fries in rows on the sheet. Make sure they don’t stack on top of each other so they’ll cook evenly.
Now pop your sheet in the oven, cook for 20 minutes and then flip the fries. Bake them an additional 15–20 minutes to your desired crispiness level, let cool and enjoy!Print
This turnip fries recipe is a delicious snack. They’re high in vitamin C and are a great option for healthy fries … plus keto-friendly.
- 4 turnips
- 1–2 tablespoons coconut oil
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- sea salt and black pepper, to taste
- Preheat oven to 425 F.
- Peel turnips and cut into steak fries, about ½ inch thick.
- In a large bowl, toss all ingredients until turnip fries are well coated.
- Place in a single layer on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Bake for 20 minutes.
- Flip fries and bake an additional 15-20 minutes.
- You can use grapeseed oil, butter or any other healthy oil in place of coconut oil if you prefer.
- Don’t go overboard with the oil. If you use too much, the fries will come out soggy.
- Prep Time: 10 min
- Cook Time: 40 min
- Category: Side Dish
- Method: By hand
- Cuisine: American
- Calories: 44
- Sugar: 3.4g
- Sodium: 53mg
- Fat: 2.3g
- Saturated Fat: 2g
- Unsaturated Fat: 0.3g
- Trans Fat: 0g
- Carbohydrates: 5.5g
- Fiber: 1.4g
- Protein: 0.7g
- Cholesterol: 0mg
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