In this recipe you’ll learn how to make the best keto french fries that you can eat everyday if you want to. They’re low carb, made with rutabaga instead of potatoes and completely keto-friendly.
5 Reasons Why Rutabaga is Perfect for Keto French Fries
There are so many great ways to make keto French fries, but I always recommend using rutabaga because the texture is so perfect. If you’re not familiar with rutabaga, here are some reasons why they’re good for making fries:
- It holds its shape. A firm base is a must when making fries!
- It’s packed with nutrients. Delicious and nutritious–the markings of a keto diet staple. We love ingredients like this.
- It has an earthy flavor. Similar to potatoes but lower in carbs, this is a much more keto-friendly alternative with a good flavor profile.
- It looks exactly like potato fries. We eat with our eyes, too, and it doesn’t hurt to look at something that looks exactly like regular French fries.
- It’s easy to cook. You won’t need to make too many adjustments when using rutabagas for fries.
How to Cut Rutabaga for Keto French Fries
If it’s your first time handling rutabagas, don’t worry because it’s really easy and very similar to handling potatoes.
- Cut off each end of the rutabaga. This doesn’t need to be a very large piece. It’s just so you have a flat side to rest against the counter.
- Peel the rough exterior of the rutabaga. Using a vegetable peeler or a knife, peel off the rough side of the rutabaga.
Tip: You can also use a sharp paring knife for peeling.
- Slice the rutabaga into discs. The discs should have uniform thickness, about ¼ inch thick is recommended.
Tip: You can also use a mandolin to slice the rutabaga evenly.
- Slice crosswise on each slice. They should look like fries at this point.
Tip: To keep the fries uniform for more even cooking, stack your discs on top of each other and slice downward.
How to Make Oven-Baked Rutabaga French Fries
Once you’ve successfully sliced your rutabaga into uniform sizes, the hard part is over. Now it’s time to season them and bake them!
- Season your rutabaga fries. Season it with some avocado oil, salt and pepper until each fry is evenly coated.
- Arrange them evenly onto your rack. Do not overlap the fries to ensure that they are cooked evenly.
- Bake until golden. Once your fries turn golden brown, you’ll know they’re just about done.
Other Low Carb Veggies That Make the Best Keto French Fries
- Jicama – Jicama is a root vegetable with a texture that’s similar to a water chestnut or crunchy potato. It’s low in carbs but high in fiber, so it’s 100% keto-approved.
- Zucchini – Zucchini is another low-carb vegetable that you can use as an alternative to potatoes for French fries. It has a high water content and a softer texture, so it may take a little longer to crisp up. They work well for chips, too!
- Green Beans – Green beans are already nature’s fries so it doesn’t need much slicing. Simply trim the ends off and it’s ready to be seasoned or breaded.
Homemade Low Carb French Fry Dipping Sauces
6-Ingredient Keto Ketchup – Slightly sweet and tangy, this is the keto-approved ketchup you can easily pair with dozens of keto dishes.
Easy Keto Dump Ranch – A fantastic ranch that’s bursting with flavor thanks to a delicate balance of herbs and spices.
Homemade Keto BBQ Sauce – As far as BBQ sauce goes, this sweet and smokey recipe tops my list.
Creamy Keto Blue Cheese Dressing – Blue cheese dressing done right, without any additives and absolutely full of flavor.
Classic Fries vs. Rutabaga Keto French Fries (The Nutritional Breakdown)
It goes without saying that my version of keto French fries with rutabaga is a far cry from the French fries that are typically served in a fast food restaurant.
Looking at them side by side, there is a significant difference in terms of calories and nutritional breakdown:
Rutabaga Fries,baked (100 gram serving)
- 44 calories
- 8.62 grams carbs (2.3 grams fiber)
- 1 gram fat
French Fries, fried (100 gram serving)
- 196 calories
- 18.5 carbs (1.6 grams fiber)
- 13.1 fat
You’d be getting fewer carbs and total calories per serving for the same volume of food with rutabaga vs. regular French fries. Also, rutabaga is high in vitamin c and potassium, among many other vitamins and minerals.
Can You Freeze Prepped Rutabaga Fries for Easy Baking?
Yes, you can freeze rutabagas for easy baking but like other vegetables, prior to freezing you would need to blanch it first.
- Heat water in a medium sized saucepan. There should be enough water to completely cover your rutabaga fries.
- Bring water to a rolling boil. This should take 5-10 minutes.
- Add the rutabaga fries to the boiling water. Cook for 3 minutes.
- Transfer to an ice bath. After 3 minutes in the boiling water, transfer the rutabaga fries to a bowl filled with ice water to immediately stop the cooking process.
- Drain completely. Drain the rutabaga fries completely and pat dry with a paper towel.
- Transfer to a freezer safe bag. Store in the freezer for up to 3 months.
(You may also like: Crispy Thick Cut Keto Onion Rings with Homemade Ranch Dressing)
The Best Low Carb Keto French Fries (Made with Rutabaga!)
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 30 minutes
- Total Time: 40 minutes
- Yield: 10 1x
- 2 medium rutabagas, peeled and cut into fries
- ¼ cup olive oil
- ¼ tsp smoked paprika (optional)
- salt and black pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 400°F.
- Add the rutabagas, olive oil and smoked paprika (if using) to a bowl.
- Season to taste with salt and black pepper.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Arrange the fries in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet.
- Bake for 30-40 minutes or until golden and crispy.
P.S. Can’t get rutabaga for these homemade keto french fries? Try these low carb keto fry recipes instead: