Crispy and Fluffy Yuca Fries: A Taste of the Dominican Republic

Ingredients


  • 3 pounds yuca root
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt (plus 1 1/2 tablespoons for cooking and more for serving)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • Optional: chopped cilantro, chives, green onion, or parsley for garnish

Instructions

  1. Prepare the Yuca:

    • Remove the tough skin from the yuca using a vegetable peeler.
    • Cut the yuca into fry-shaped sticks about 1/4-1/2 inch wide and 3 inches long.








  2. Boil the Yuca:

    • Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
    • Add 1 tablespoon of salt and the yuca sticks.
    • Boil for 8 minutes, or until fork-tender but not falling apart.

  3. Dry the Yuca:

    • Spread the boiled yuca on towels and pat dry.
    • Let it air dry for at least 15 minutes to remove excess starch.
  4. Season the Yuca:

    • In a large bowl, combine the yuca with the olive oil.
    • In a separate bowl, mix the remaining salt, garlic powder, paprika, onion powder, and black pepper.
    • Sprinkle the seasoning over the yuca and toss to coat.
  5. Bake the Yuca Fries:

    • Preheat the oven to 425°F.
    • Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
    • Spread the seasoned yuca in a single layer on the prepared baking sheets.
  6. Flip and Finish:

    • Bake the yuca fries for 15 minutes.
    • Remove from the oven, flip, and return to the oven.
    • Bake for an additional 10-15 minutes, or until golden brown and crispy.



  7. Season and Serve:

    • Sprinkle with additional salt and garnish with herbs of your choice.
    • Enjoy your crispy and fluffy yuca fries!

Variations

  • Cheesy Yuca Fries: Sprinkle with grated Parmesan after flipping.
  • Sweet Yuca Fries: Toss with cinnamon and sugar instead of salt and spices.
  • Spicy Yuca Fries:
    Add cayenne pepper, chili powder, or chipotle powder to the seasoning mix.

Serving Suggestions

  • Burgers
  • Sandwiches
  • Dipping sauces (e.g., Green Goddess Dressing, Roasted Red Pepper Dip)


Tips

  • Remove all the brown or purple streaks from the yuca root before peeling.
  • Cut the yuca fries evenly for consistent cooking.
  • Don’t skip the parboiling step to ensure tender insides.
  • Avoid overcrowding the baking sheets to prevent steaming.

AUTHOR

Hi! I’m Debbi!

I am no chef, I am just a mom who loves to eat good food. I enjoy making healthy, low calorie meals without compromising taste. It’s not all healthy here but I do try!

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