15 Best Jicama Substitutes for When You Can’t Find It


If you’re looking for a jicama substitute, you’ve come to the right place.

Luckily, there are plenty of other options out there. Here are some of the best substitutes for jicama.

So, let’s get straight into the list.

Best Jicama Substitute

1. Jerusalem Artichoke

A good baking substitute 

The not-so-sweet taste of Jerusalem Artichoke closely resembles the flavor of jicama. It can be consumed in all forms including raw, boiled, and baked.

Raw artichoke has a mild, nutty taste. However, when it is cooked, its texture becomes as soft as jicama making it the ideal alternative for roasted and baked recipes.

Watch this video to make a Spinach Artichoke Dip:

2. Water Chestnuts 

A gppd healthy substitute

Having a sweeter taste than jicama, water chestnuts contain a lot of vitamins and minerals with an equally less amount of fats and sodium. So, they’re a healthy alternative with an excellent texture and flavor. 

The major similarity between jicama and water chestnuts is that they both retain their crispy texture even after being cooked.

Hence, it is good for making salads as well as boiled, fried, and grilled dishes. 

3. Daikon Radish

Daikon Radish resembles the sweet and juicy taste of jicama along with its crunchy texture. It possesses many medicinal properties and is good for health.

It is recommended for use in its raw form mainly to make salads to retain its texture. 

However, daikon radish also has a hint of spiciness along with a sweet taste. And there are 6 varieties available. So, you can choose accordingly.

Here’s how you can prepare Daikon Radish Curry and Rice:

4. Celery Root

Celery root is yet another alternative that has a sweeter taste than jicama. 

It has a mild flavor with a firm and crispy texture. Hence, you can eat it braised, bake it and roast it. It also compliments dishes containing other vegetables. 

Check out this video to make vegan fish and chips from celery root:

5. Sweet Potato

Sweet potato has a characteristic earthy and nutty flavor. 

Its sweet taste paired with a starchy plus creamy texture makes it a good alternative. 

Even though sweet potato is easily available, it is not the ideal substitute for recipes that require raw or crunchy texture like salads and soups. 

Still, you can use it for making stews, stuffings, fries, pork chops, and salads.

Try out this Stir Fried Sweet Potato Recipe: 

6. Turnip

White turnips work best as an alternative because of their similar appearance. Their mild, sweet, and fresh taste has a subtle hint of bitterness which gives your dipping sauces, salads, and salsas an excellent flavor. 

Also, turnips are rich in vitamins and fibers and contain a lot of minerals like calcium, iron, and potassium. Hence, they have a high nutritional value and provide many health benefits.

Here’s how you can prepare tasty garlic roasted turnips: 

7. Rutabaga

Rutabaga is more commonly known as Swede. It closely resembles turnips in both flavor and texture.

Hence, it functions as a good substitute by providing a slightly sweet, earthy plus nutty flavor which is very similar to jicama. 

You can cook it with roasted chicken, beef casseroles, curries, soups, sausages, lamb, wild mushrooms, etc.

Here’s how you can make Swede and cardamom soup:

8. Canned Jicama

If your recipe especially needs jicama only, then you can purchase its canned version, which comes in the pickle version combined with lime & ginger. 

Even though it doesn’t have the same crunchiness as fresh jicama and contains a bit of a tangy taste, you can still use it in a pinch as an alternative.

Here’s how you can make your own Mauritian-style Jicama, Pineapple, and Mango Pickle:

9. Potato

The mild, earthy taste of potatoes makes them a good alternative that easily replaces jicama in salads and dipping sauces when baked or fried.

However, since their texture becomes soft and creamy on cooking, it is not recommended for use in soups and stews.

Other dishes that you can make using potatoes include pot roast, salads, casseroles, braised chicken, tacos, potato skillet, beef stew, etc.

Try out the recipe of Potato Garlic Dip: 

10. Parsnip

Parsnips possess a sweet, earthy flavor that is very similar to that of carrots and turnips. When you cook them, their texture remains soft but still crunchy. It ends up leaving a starchy and nutty taste that goes well with many jicama dishes.

Hence, it is ideal for making dipping sauces, slaws and salsas.

Parsnips go well with both vegetables and meat including chicken, pork, spinach, and pears. You can even use it with brown sugar and maple syrup or combine it with spices like ginger and garlic.

Here’s how you can cook roasted Parsnips:

11. Salsify

Also called oyster plant, salsify offers a mildly fresh and somewhat sweet taste that mimics oysters. Even though its flavor isn’t very similar to jicama, its texture makes it a good alternative.

You can use it boiled, mashed, or fried and add it to many soups and stews.

Check out this video to make Roasted salsify with toasted walnut and a lemony tahini dressing:

12. Cassava Or Yuca

Cassava has a sweet taste with bitter undertones that may vary according to the type of cassava you choose. You can substitute it in salads and soups.

However, you must always carefully clean and cook cassava because it has the ability to cause acute cyanide poisoning if not cooked or cleaned correctly.

Some dishes that you can make using cassava include puddings, pancakes, cassava cake, cassava balls, and pitsi-pitsi.

Try this Easy Cassava Cake Recipe:

13. Apple

Apple has the same texture as jicama. But its sweetness level becomes very high when used fully ripened. Thus, making it an unsuitable substitute for savory recipes like stews and sandwiches.

Some great apple recipes include Apple Galette, pies, chicken salad sandwiches, cookies, Farro Salad, dumplings, pound cake, cinnamon muffins, and apple cider glazed chicken. 

Watch this video to make Southern Fried Apples:

14. Green Apples

You can use a crispy variety of green apples to substitute jicama. 

They have a sweet and sour taste and offer many health benefits because of the presence of high fiber content with many vitamins and minerals.

Hence, you can use them for making fritters, bread, cinnamon bars, pancakes, muffins, cookies, apple sauce, and pies.

Here’s how you can make a green apple curry:

15. Asian Pears

If you can’t find any other suitable substitution options, then you can use Asian pears in a pinch.

They have an aromatic taste with a sweet plus tart flavor containing some notes of delicate floral taste and low acidity.

You can cook Asian pears with pork chops, turkey, sausage flatbread pizza, or use them for making salads, chips, baked dishes, and slaws.

Here’s how you can prepare Pickled Ginger Asian Pear Coleslaw:


Q1. What tastes similar to jicama?

Ans. Since water chestnuts have the tendency to retain their crunchy and crispy texture even after cooking, that is why they are considered the most similar substitute.

Q2. Does jicama taste like turnip?

Ans. Jicama contains a combination of mildly sweet and nutty flavors that resemble a hybrid of apple, potato, water chestnut, and pear-like taste. 

Bottom Line

With the help of the above guide,  you can choose your preferred alternative based on availability and the kind of taste you desire in your recipe!

If you are aware of any more substitution options,  then do share.

Don’t forget to share this guide with all your veggie-loving friends and family. 



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About Amanda Jones

Amanda is a person with an eye for detail. She has been cooking since her childhood and loves to bake too. Recently, she's made the decision to pursue baking full-time and quit her 9 to 5 job. In the meantime, she still enjoys cooking and baking for friends and family, especially when it comes time for special occasions like birthdays or holidays!

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