These easy, healthy low carb fries are made with celery root, otherwise known as celeriac. In just minutes you can have tasty crispy fries that taste surprisingly like potato fries but with less carbs. Each serving is only 5.8g net carbs.
In an effort to find more vegetables my son might like I’ve been trying to make veggie fries. I started with rutabagas, then jicama and lastly celeriac or celery root. These easy, healthy low carb fries were a winner with me and my hubby but my son was not yet convinced. But let me tell you, off the three, the celery root made the best fries. They are not as bitter and earthy as are other root vegetables and have a great consistency inside. This vegetable is definitely going to be on our table more often!
Celeriac fries cooking method
I wasn’t sure how to cook the celeriac so I played around a bit. Below you can see two ways I made them. The ones on the cookie sheet I baked. I first microwaved them for a few minutes then baked them. The second method was just to heat some oil in a frying pan and one by one, browning them on all sides. No need to microwave them. The pan frying one was the best in my opinion, resulting in a crisper fry. However the baked ones tasted good too, just not as crispy.
Healthy Celeriac or Celery Root
Celeriac is a very healthy and low carb vegetable. It is high in B vitamins, Vitamin C and Vitamin K as well as minerals such as potassium and phosphorus. It’s also high in fiber so it’s results in a low carb vegetable. You can fry it, mash it or even make a hash brown waffle with it! To learn more about the healthy benefits celery root check out this article.
Above you can see what they look like. Not too pretty huh? To clean them, just cut off those gnarly roots and peel the exterior with a potato peeler. Below you can see the size of fries that I made. I used my favorite mandolin to keep them in uniform pieces. This will assure that they cook evenly.
Easy Healthy low carb fries recipe
So my new preferred way of cooking these low carb fries is to get a large pan hot with a little of oil of your choice. I just found this butter flavored coconut oil that I love! My son does not like the smell or taste of coconut oil so this works better for me. I like coconut oil because it’s great for high heat frying in recipes like these low carb fries. Once you get your oil nice and hot, add your fries but make sure there is room between the fries. That way when they brown on the bottom it is easier to flip to the other side. I used a fork not a spatula so that I could assure all sides were browned. This whole process only takes around 5 minutes.
When they are all done, just sprinkle some sea salt on top and you have some delicious low carb fries! So next time you spot one of those ugly, gnarled roots in the produce section, add one to your cart and give these a try! The nutrition for 1 serving is:
98 cals / 7.2g fat / 7.2g carbs / 1.4g fiber / 1.2g protein = 5.8g net carbs
Easy Healthy Low Carb Fries
These easy, healthy low carb fries are made with celery root, otherwise known as celeriac. In just minutes you can have tasty crispy fries that taste surprisingly like potato fries but with less carbs.
- 2 cups celeriac or celery root, cut into fry shape
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil (butter flavored preferably)
- sea salt to taste
In a large skillet add coconut oil and heat to medium high.
Add the fries in a single layer in the skillet. When the fries start to brown, flip over individually with a fork and make sure to brown all sides. This should take about 5 minutes per batch.
Sprinkle with sea salt and serve immediately.