Air fryer turnip fries are a great low carb alternative to potato french fries. Seasoned and golden they make a great side dish or appetizer.
These turnip fries do not have the same crispy texture as regular french fries but are still full of flavor. At 4g net carbs a serving they are a healthier option.
For a low carb alternative to potato chips, we use turnip in an air fryer or oven to make turnip chips too.
Carbs in turnips
Despite being a root vegetable, which are normally high in carbs, turnips have just 4g net carbohydrates per 100 gram serving. They are a great low carb vegetable and a good substitute for potato. White potatoes are 14.8g net carbs for a comparison. A medium sized turnip is about 120 grams to give you an idea of servings.
What do turnips taste like?
Turnips may be a great potato substitute but do they taste like potato? No, is the shortest answer. Turnips can have a mild bitter taste raw, but when cooked and spiced, they taste slightly sweeter. The texture is similar to potatoes which is another good reason to use them as a potato substitute.
How to make air fryer turnip fries
- Select your turnips.
- Peel and slice into sticks.
- Wash the turnip fries and season.
- Place in the air fryer basket and cook.
For this recipe we used a mixture of olive oil, garlic powder, onion powder and paprika but you could use any seasonings. A few flavour combinations are:
- Rosemary, garlic, salt.
- Cumin, garlic, paprika
- Cajun seasoning
- Nutritional yeast, salt, onion powder, black pepper
Can you bake turnips fries in the oven?
You don't have to air fry to make golden turnip fries. They can be baked in the oven too. They will not be quite as crispy but still delicious.
To bake in the oven, place the seasoned fries on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Bake for 25 minutes at 200C/400F degrees until golden.
What to serve with turnip fries
You can enjoy these by themselves with a dip but they make a great side dish to these keto vegetarian recipes too.
More low carb air fryer fries
If you can't find turnips, there are other low carb vegetables that make tasty fries in the air fryer (or oven).
Jicama Fries - Fairly similar to turnip
Pumpkin Fries - A great low carb alternative to sweet potato fries
Celeriac Fries - Another great low carb swap for potato
Halloumi Fries - Fried cheese strips. Need I say anything else!
Portobello Mushroom Fries - Almond flour coated slices of portobello mushrooms are made in the air fryer.
Green Bean Fries - An easy and delicious way to enjoy green beans
Half way through cooking, lightly spray the fries with oil for extra crispiness.
If you find turnips too bitter, salt the prepared fries and leave for 20 minutes. Rinse, dry then season.
Do not overcrowd your air fryer basket with the fries as you need to ensure even cooking.
More vegetarian air fryer recipes
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Air Fryer Turnip Fries
- 2 medium turnips
- 1 tablespoon avocado oil or olive oil
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon salt
- Peel the turnips and cut into ¼ inch thick fries.
- Preheat the air fryer according to the manufacturers instructions.
- In a medium bowl mix the oil, salt and spices.
- Add the turnip fries and toss until they are all coated.
- Add a single layer of the turnip fries to the air fryer basket and space them apart so the air can flow around them.
- Cook at 200C/400F degrees for 10-15 minutes until golden brown. Shake the basket half way through to ensure even cooking.
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