Yuca Fries

Jun 3, 2016

Yuca is a root vegetable known and enjoyed in most of Latin America. Yuca, or cassava, is similar to a potato but has a stringier texture and about half of the carbs. Yuca fries are the Latin version of the French fry and a great substitute.

This Panamanian recipe of Yuca Frita or Cassava Fries makes a great pairing for  hamburger, steak, chicken, and pretty much anything barbecued.

Paleo and fitness enthusiasts have all jumped on the yuca train due to its positive health benefits. If you are in a paleo diet simply replace the vegetable oil used for frying with coconut oil and you’re good to go.

Serve up this recipe and show off your Panamanian pride when you get together with friends and family to watch the Big Torneo this month. Find more tips on how to celebrate fútbol from head to toe at Orgullosa. Want to see more recipes? Check all the yummy things at Hispanic Kitchen.

Preparation time: 15 min
Cook time: 40 min
Total time: 55
Servings: 4


  • 1 1/2 Lbs. 
    yuca or cassava pieces, fresh or frozen
  • enough water to cover the cassava
  • 2 cloves 
    finely chopped garlic
  • salt to taste
  • vegetable oil for frying


  1. Place the cassava in a medium pot and cover it with enough water. Add the garlic and season with salt to taste. Cover the pot and bring it to a boil on high heat. Then, lower the heat to medium low and cook for about 20-30 minutes or until it’s tender.

  2. Drain the cassava and let it cool on a cutting board. Once it has cooled, pat dry it with a paper towel and cut it into thick pieces, similar to steak fries.

  3. Fry the cassava pieces at 375ºF for about 5 minutes or until they’re golden brown. Then, take them out of the oil and drain them on paper towels.

  4. Season them with salt to taste and serve immediately with lime wedges and any type of dipping sauce of your choice, such as pink sauce, garlic mayo, ketchup or guacamole.

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