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Yuca Fries

Ditch the potato and give Yuca Fries a try! Easy to make, crispy and perfect for dipping. A great way to get your family to try something new! 

One of the things I pride myself on is getting my family to try different cuisines. Now, I am not saying it goes over very well all the time but every once in a while we hit the jackpot and find a new cuisine that the kiddos just love. Most recently it has been Cuban food.

Crispy yuca fries

Particularly Yuca Fries. Our little guys cannot get enough of them.

What is Yuca Root?

First, let’s get some basics. Yuca root isn’t all that common here in the United States so I wanted to give a little background.

Not to be confused with the Yucca garden shrub like plant, yuca root is actually the root of the Cassava plant. It is native to Central and South America. It can be hard to find in some grocery stores. My grocery store sells it near the horseradish root and rutabagas.

Yuca on a baking sheet

They are often the same size and shape as a sweet potato.

The flesh is a creamy color and has a mild sweet, almost nutty flavor.

How do you make Yuca Fries?

First, you will need to peel the yuca root. The peel is very tough so you’ll want to use a sturdy vegetable peeler.

How to peel yuca root

Next, you will want to use a sharp knife to cut the root into fries.

Yuca root cut into strips

Because yuca root can be a bit dry, it works better to boil it before you fry it. This will ensure that the inside is tender.

Boiling yuca root

After boiling, gently pat dry. This will ensure that the outside is crispy.

Pat dry boiled yuca root with paper towel

Finally, fry the yuca fries until golden brown, about 5 minutes. And season immediately with salt.

Frying yuca fries in a cast iron skillet

Des’ Tip: To ensure maximum crispiness of fried food, do not overcrowd the pan when frying. Fry in batches if your pan isn’t big enough. When working in batches, keep cooked fries in a warm oven.

What is a good dip for yuca fries?

My kiddos will obviously say ketchup is their favorite dip for these fries. However, whenever I see yuca fries on a menu they are always accompanied by aioli. You could try garlic aioli, harissa aioli, or truffle aioli to name a few!

Ditch the potato and give Yuca Fries a try! Easy to make, crispy and perfect for dipping. A great way to get your family to try something new! 

Serve these fries along some of my favorite main course recipes:

Flat Iron Steak Recipe

Shrimp Sandwich 

Dill Pickle Keto Chicken Wings

 

Yuca Fries Recipe

Serves 4 Prep Time: Cook Time:

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds yuca root, peeled and cut into strips
  • oil for frying
  • salt

Instructions

1

Peel yuca root.

2

Use a sharp knife to slice the peeled root into fries.

3

Place fries in a large pot of water and bring to a boil. Cook just until slightly tender. 5 - 7 minutes.

4

Drain and gently pat dry with paper towels.

5

Heat 1/2 - 1 inch oil in a large skillet over medium heat to 350 degrees.

6

Fry yuca fries, in batches if necessary, until golden brown and crispy, about 5 minutes.

Notes

Nutrition facts are for estimation purposes only.

Nutrition information

Calories: 481 , Total Fat: 40.9g , Saturated Fat: 8g , Cholesterol: 0mg , Sodium: 591mg , Carbohydrates: 27g , Fiber: 2g , Sugar: 0g , Protein: 3g

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Des

Hey! I'm Des!

Welcome to Life’s Ambrosia where Dinner is served and memories are made. Here you will find over 1000 tried and true recipes for every possible occasion. In the last 10 years, this blog has helped millions of families put dinner on the table and create food memories. Let me help you too.

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