Taro Fries with Sriracha Ketchup

by Kris on June 12, 2012

I love taro. It’s my favorite frozen yogurt flavor and I love it in bread. Greg and I occasionally shop at an Asian supermarket which makes the best taro dinner rolls. They rarely make it home as I gobble them up on the long drive back. Last week we stopped by this store to pick up some Asian staples. I love exploring the produce section there as I’m always discovering fun new finds. I bought a taro root for the first time but really wasn’t sure what I would do with it.

When I got home I contemplated putting it in the juicer. I figured that since I love sweet potato juice so much that taro might be equally good. Thankfully before I got started Greg did some research and found out that taro is actually toxic if consumed raw. So much for the taro juice idea!

I decided to make fries with the taro root because the consistency is quite similar to potatoes. I love the nutty and almost sweet flavor of this root and it worked really well in fry form. I tossed the taro in a mixture of vegetable, sesame and chili oil. The sesame oil really complemented the taro flavor while the chili oil gave it a nice kick.

While the fries were baking I whipped together a spicy ketchup with sriracha and chili oil. I only added one drop of chili oil as it’s very potent, but it you want it to be really spicy add at least 2-3 drops. These fries were great on their own, but would also be a great side dish with a banh mi or a terriyaki seasoned burger.

Naturally vegan and gluten free, almost anyone can enjoy these taro fries! Are you a fan of taro? What’s your favorite way to enjoy it?

Taro Fries with Sriracha Ketchup

Serves 4

  • 1 large taro root
  • 1 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp. sesame oil
  • 1 drop chili oil
  • 2 tbsp. ketchup
  • 1 tsp. sriracha
  • 1 drop chili oil
  1. Preheat oven to 400.
  2. Wash and peel the taro root and slice into thin strips.
  3. In a bowl combine vegetable oil, sesame oil and one drop of chili oil. Toss the taro strips in the oil and salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Place the taro strips on a cookie sheet and bake for 10 minutes. Turn the taro fries and bake for an additional 10 minutes until golden and crispy.
  5. In a small bowl combine ketchup, sriracha, and one drop of chili oil, whisk to combine.
  6. Serve the taro fries warm with sriracha ketchup.

Note: Never eat taro root raw as it is toxic when uncooked.


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ALLutu June 12, 2012 at 4:03 am

Taro is a staple for us Polynesians… glad you like it too! We love it boiled, baked, creamed, fried, with caramelized sugar and coconut milk, you name it, we’ve made it and sure love it! Thanks for the recipe!!


LorrieB June 12, 2012 at 3:06 pm

Those look delish! I’ve had taro products before. My husband ( a Chef by profession) makes them at his place, only as “chips”. Thinnly cut on the mandolin and then flash fried. Tasty!


Jeanine June 12, 2012 at 6:46 pm

yum, I love sriracha and ketchup — I never thought of cooking with taro root but I really want to now!


My Man's Belly June 13, 2012 at 9:11 am

These look fantastic. Not being a fan of poi…it took me a long time to try taro chips but once I did, I was hooked. I’m going to have to try making these.


thai-thai June 14, 2012 at 3:00 am

Try this simple and classic Southeast Asian dessert. Slowly boil cubed taro in coconut milk with brown/palm/coconut sugar. Add salt to taste. This is a soupy, warm dessert that’s really, really good! The same dessert can be made using pumpkin or sweet potato. The coconut milk is defnitely fattening but it’s very, very good!


Javelin Warrior June 14, 2012 at 11:52 pm

These fries are so unique and strangely beautiful – I love them! I’m featuring this post in today’s Food Fetish Friday series (with a link-back and attribution). I hope you have no objections and it’s so much fun following your creations…


Ellen June 16, 2012 at 11:51 pm

Sriracha ketchup? Methinks I like the way you think!


Jen @ Savory Simple June 19, 2012 at 8:27 pm

You won my heart with sriracha ketchup!


sunidhi August 28, 2012 at 8:23 am

i never know about this dish. it looks a delicious dish. definitely i will try and keep posting…


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