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.
Cook time: 30min
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
- Heat a large saucepan half filled with water to boil.
- 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.
- Combine ¼ cup of the olive oil with the remaining ingredients in a medium bowl while the yuca is cooking. Mix well.
- Transfer the cilantro-citrus sauce to a serving bowl.
- Heat the remaining 1 cup olive oil in a skillet over medium high heat.
- 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).
- Serve yuca frita with the cilantro-citrus dipping sauce and enjoy.