Yuca Frita with Citrus Dipping Sauce

Yuca, also called cassava is originally from Brazil. These yummy fries, crisp on the outside with a fluffy, tender center are popular in many Latin countries. Enjoy this snack with a sprinkling of lime juice or with our delicious cilantro-citrus sauce.

Serving size

⅕ fries

Makes

5 servings

Prep time: 20min
Cook time: 30min
Total: 50min

Ingredients

1 large (600 grams) yuca root, cut into ½-inch thick by 3-inch-long strips

1 ¼ cups olive oil, separated

1 cup cilantro leaves, fresh, chopped

2 tablespoons orange juice, fresh squeezed

2 tablespoons lime, fresh squeezed

½ medium (3 grams) serrano pepper, raw and chopped

½ clove garlic, minced

1 teaspoon sugar

⅛ teaspoon sea salt

Nutrition Info

Makes: 5 servings  Serving size: ⅕ fries

Calories

395

Fat

19 g

Saturated Fat

3 g

Trans Fat

0 g

Cholesterol

0 mg

Carbohydrate

80 g

Sugar

4 g

Fiber

3 g

Protein

2 g

Sodium

80 mg

Calcium

26 mg

Phosphorus

37 mg

Potassium

372 mg

Instructions

  1. Heat a large saucepan half filled with water to boil.
  2. Boil yuca immediately after cutting into strips. Boil until it feels tender when a fork is inserted, approximately 15 minutes. Discard the water; drain yuca on a plate.
  3. Combine ¼ cup of the olive oil with the remaining ingredients in a medium bowl while the yuca is cooking. Mix well.
  4. Transfer the cilantro-citrus sauce to a serving bowl.
  5. Heat the remaining 1 cup olive oil in a skillet over medium high heat. 
  6. Fry yuca strips in batches turning them around to cook thoroughly about 5 minutes each batch (there will be more than half of the oil left over that can be filtered and reused another time).
  7. Serve yuca frita with the cilantro-citrus dipping sauce and enjoy.
Recipe Contributed by FamilyCook Productions

Yuca discolors easily when peeled and exposed to the air. Try boiling immediately after cutting it up. Frozen yuca fries are also available, although it yields a slightly drier texture, they can still be delicious with a juicy sauce.