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Those crispy low carb Rutabaga Fries Recipe is an excellent alternative to traditional french fries with minimum net carbs. Rutabagas is a great vegetable used regularly in the keto lifestyle, and those fries are no exception. 

Crispy rutabaga fries served in a glass.
Rutabaga fries recipe

Great to serve on its own or with a crack chicken casserole for that perfect evening meal. 

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Clean Eating Side Dish Recipes

Those veggie fries are a great side dish that goes with so many recipes. You can even serve it as an easy snack everyone will enjoy. 

Alternatively, making riced cauliflower a healthy side dish is a great idea. In just a few seconds, you can have your rice, which you can freeze like our rutabaga for the future. 

Best rutabaga fries close up.
Oven-baked rutabaga fries

Nutrition Facts Per Serving of Keto Friendly Rutabaga Fries Recipe vs. French Fries

I always love to compare regular food with healthier options, this time, low carb alternatives to fries. And today’s crispy rutabaga fries are no exception. 

Let us begin with the nutrition information of both rutabagas and traditional fries.

I am comparing 20 regular potato fries with 20 rutabaga fries.

  • Calories: 141 vs. 92
  • Fat: 4g vs. 7g
  • Carbs: 26g vs. 4g
  • Protein: 2g vs. 1g 

Rutabaga fries have got 4 grams of net carbs per serving, which is about 20 fries. 

Rutabaga fries as a side dish comparison.
Rutabaga fries for a crowd

Can Turnip be a Substitute for Rutabaga Fries?

Turnips and rutabagas are two root vegetables often used interchangeably but have distinct differences. Turnips have white flesh and purple or greenish skin. They are smaller and have a more robust flavor compared to rutabagas. 

On the other hand, rutabaga is a root vegetable with yellowish flesh and purple or tan skin. They are slightly sweeter than turnips with a nutty taste. 

Turnips can be used as a substitute for rutabaga fries. They have a similar texture and flavor, making them a decent substitute. Turnips can work as a great alternative to traditional french fries if you cannot find rutabaga.

How To Make This Recipe?

Super simple and easy is to make this recipe, especially with my step-by-step photos as well as video instructions for those who prefer visual instructions. 

Kitchen Gadgets:

  • Vegetable peeler
  • Sharp knife
  • Mixing bowl
  • Baking sheet
  • Parchment paper

Ingredients:

  • Rutabaga
  • EVO oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • Sweet Paprika powder

*Exact measurements are listed in the recipe card below.

FULL INSTRUCTIONS WITH STEPS FOR MAKING RUTABAGA FRIES IN THE OVEN. 

First Step: Ingredients needed

Prepare your fresh rutabagas, your preferred oil, and salt and pepper. With regards to herbs, you can use your favorite. I have picked sweet paprika powder because of its flavor and color. 

At the same time, preheat the oven to 220 Celsius or 425 Fahrenheit. 

Low-carb rutabaga fries ingredients needed.
Easy rutabaga fries

Second Step: Clean

Start by thoroughly washing and cleaning the rutabaga using cold water to remove all dirt and debris.

Cut off the top and bottom parts. Make sure it’s stable and won’t tip over.

Use a sharp knife or vegetable peeler to slice off the skin of the rutabaga. Make sure to remove all the skin.

Rutabaga fries oven cleaning the veggie.
Low-carb rutabaga fries

Third Step: Cut

Once the skin is removed, slice the rutabaga into thin slices. About 1/4 inch thickness, and then stack them up and cut them into fries.

You can also cut the rutabaga in half and then slices it. 

Healthy rutabaga fries cutting into shapes.
Baked rutabaga fries

Fourth Step: Season

Add the rutabaga fries into a mixing bowl. Toss the fries with some vegetable oil and sprinkle with salt and any other seasonings you’d like. I have used sweet paprika powder, an excellent mixture here. 

Easy rutabaga fries steps.
Healthy rutabaga fries

Fifth Step: Bake

Spread the fries onto a baking sheet and bake at 220 Celsius or 425°F for 20-25 minutes, or until they are crispy and golden brown.

Enjoy your baked rutabaga fries immediately, or store them for later. 

Oven-baked rutabaga fries spreading onto the baking sheet.
Rutabaga fries oven

RECIPE TRICKS AND RECIPE TIPS:

  • Herbs -You can use your favorite spices, such as onion or garlic powder. I have picked sweet paprika powder because of its flavor and color. 
  • Oil – Use the one you prefer. The best is olive oil or avocado oil. 
  • Video – Look at the instructions I filmed for you if you prefer visual steps. 
  • Batch – The whole recipe comes in one batch: an entire baking sheet and four portions. 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What to Serve With Low Carb Fries?

Same like french fries, here are some ideas for what to serve with low-carb fries:

  • Meatloaf– our old time favorite juicy meatloaf recipe is exactly what this side dish need.
  • Grilled Chicken or Roasted Turkey: Low-carb fries pair nicely with grilled chicken, which provides protein and complements the crispy texture of the fries.
  • Guacamole: Enjoy low-carb fries with guacamole dip, which provides a healthy source of fat and adds flavor to your meal.
  • Green Salad: Serve your fries with a green salad, which adds fiber to your meal.
  • Veggie Burgers: Pair low-carb fries with veggie burgers for a complete low-carb, high-protein, and high-fiber dinner.
  • Grilled Vegetables: Serve grilled vegetables with low-carb fries for a well-rounded meal.
  • Coleslaw: Enjoy coleslaw with thinner fries for a classic combination that balances flavors and textures.
  • Tuna Salad: Enjoy fries with tuna salad for a high-protein, low-fat meal. 
  • Baked Fish: Serve your alternative to french fries with baked fish.
  • Steamed Broccoli: Add steamed broccoli to your fries.

Fries are also a perfect side dish for your grilling days. To serve them with those surf and turf foil packs are just one simple example.

Rutabaga fries for a crowd in a glass.
Crispy oven-baked rutabaga fries

How Do You Cut Rutabaga into Fries? 

Once you clean and peel the rutabaga outer layer skin, slice the rutabaga into slices about 1/4 inch thick, and then stack them up and cut the fries.

Do I Have To Cook Rutabaga for Fries?

You do not need to cook rutabaga to make fries. Rutabagas are root vegetables similar in taste and texture to potatoes, often used to make french fries. Just like potatoes, rutabagas do not need to be cooked to soften. After you peel and cut them, you can directly roast, bake, or fry raw rutabaga slices to make them into tasty fries.

How do I Make Rutabaga Fries in the Air Fryer?

Drizzle the rutabaga fries with olive oil and sprinkle them with salt and pepper to taste.

Place the rutabaga fries in the air fryer basket in a single layer depending on the size of your air fryer. Avoid overcrowding the basket, as this will cause them to cook unevenly.

Cook the fries for about 15 to 20 minutes at 200 Celsius or 400 Fahrenheit, shaking the fries basket now and then to ensure they cook evenly. You can add more air fry time if you want them crispier or less if you like them softer.

Remove the air fryer rutabaga fries and serve immediately, sprinkled with more salt and pepper if desired.

How Do You Store Oven Fries?

Allow the leftover rutabaga fries to cool down completely before storing them. Otherwise, they might become soggy. Transfer the cooled fries to an airtight container. This prevents air from reaching them and causing them to become stale.

Store the container in the fridge to keep the fries fresh and safe to eat for up to 3 to 5 days.

Crispy oven-baked rutabaga fries on the black board.
Best rutabaga fries
How do I reheat Rutabaga Fries?

You can use an oven, toaster oven, or air fryer to reheat the fries. This will help them regain their crispy texture.
The texture of the oven fries may degrade when stored in the refrigerator, and they may become soggy when reheated. Therefore, consuming them immediately after cooking is recommended for the best results.

Can You Freeze vegetable fries?

Yes, you can freeze vegetable fries.

Vegetable fries can be frozen by preparing them as usual and spreading them in a single layer on a baking sheet. Place the sheet in the freezer for a few hours or until the fries are fully frozen.

After that, transfer the frozen fries to a freezer-safe container or bag and store them in the freezer for up to 3 months. When ready to eat them, take the fries from the freezer and bake them in the oven without thawing. This method will ensure that the fries maintain their texture and taste. 

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Rutabaga Fries Recipe

Zuzana Paar
4.99 from 56 votes
Those crispy low carb Rutabaga Fries Recipe is an excellent alternative to traditional french fries with minimum net carbs. Rutabagas is a great vegetable used regularly in the keto lifestyle, and those fries are no exception. 
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Snacks
Cuisine International
Servings 80 Fries
Calories 5 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

Instructions
 

  • Prepare your fresh rutabagas, your preferred oil, and salt and pepper. With regards to herbs, you can use your favorite. I have picked sweet paprika powder because of its flavor and color. At the same time, preheat the oven to 220 Celsius or 425 Fahrenheit. 
  • Start by thoroughly washing and cleaning the rutabaga using cold water to remove all dirt and debris. Cut off the top and bottom parts. Make sure it's stable and won't tip over. Use a sharp knife or vegetable peeler to slice off the skin of the rutabaga. Make sure to remove all the skin.
  • Once the skin is removed, slice the rutabaga into thin slices. About 1/4 inch thickness, and then stack them up and cut them into fries.
  • Add the rutabaga fries into a mixing bowl. Toss the fries with some vegetable oil and sprinkle with salt and any other seasonings you'd like. I have used sweet paprika powder, an excellent mixture here. 
  • Spread the fries onto a baking sheet and bake at 220 Celsius or 425°F for 20-25 minutes, or until they are crispy and golden brown.

Video

Notes

  • Herbs -You can use your favorite spices, such as onion or garlic powder. I have picked sweet paprika powder because of its flavor and color. 
  • Oil – Use the one you prefer. The best is olive oil or avocado oil. 
  • Video – Look at the instructions I filmed for you if you prefer visual steps. 
  • Batch – The whole recipe comes in one batch: an entire baking sheet and four portions. 

Nutrition

Serving: 20FriesCalories: 5kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 1gFat: 0.4gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gSodium: 1mgPotassium: 16mgFiber: 0.1gSugar: 0.2gVitamin A: 25IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 2mgIron: 0.03mg

Disclaimer

Please note that nutrient values are estimates only. Variations can occur due to product availability and manner of food preparation. Nutrition may vary based on methods of origin, preparation, freshness of ingredients, and other factors.

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By Zuzana Paar on August 3rd, 2023
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14 Comments on “Rutabaga Fries Recipe”

  1. I tried these rutabaga fries and they’re really good! Thank you for showing us their nutrition comparison with potatoes. I will definitely try turnips friesas well!

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  2. I tried these rutabaga fries and they’re really good! Thank you for showing us their nutrition comparison with potatoes. I will definitely try turnips fries as well!

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  3. 5 stars
    Thanks for sharing your tips and tricks. The fries turned out crispy, full of flavor and very healthy. They are my new obsession. Love it.

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  4. 5 stars
    Loved how crispy it was. It was my first time trying out these rutabaga fries, and it will definitely not be the last. It’s so delicious.

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  5. 5 stars
    I always enjoy eating fast food and fries are one of my favorite but I’ve tried to be smarter about my health in the past few years. This is the perfect swap and surprisingly easy, so goodbye drive thrus!

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  6. 5 stars
    I only recently realized how much I actually like rutabaga. These fries are lovely with the paprika and 100% satisfy my craving for French fries.

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  7. 5 stars
    Just had rutabaga fries with baked fish and it’s such a delightful meal. The crispy fries and the tender fish complements each other perfectly. A go-to low-carb side dish for me now!

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