Yuca is one of the most popular root vegetables used in Dominican cooking, and yuca encebollada is my favorite way to eat yuca.

Growing up, I’d always see my mom boil yuca and eat is as a side for so many dishes like la bandera, locrios, or even guisados. But topping it with fresh, homemade mojo makes it the tastiest and easiest side you can make!

Use red onions for the mojo

For this mojo sauce, they’re definitely a must! Using white or yellow onions to substitute just won’t be the same.

Red onions have a tang to them that make them so delicious when cooked in vinegar, similar to the onions we love to use in los tres golpes.

How to cut and peel yuca

  • Trim both ends of the yuca, then make one cut along the middle to divide it into two pieces. Make a cut along the length of both yuca pieces and peel the skin off along the cut.
  • Cut each piece in half, creating 4 pieces in total, then use a knife to remove the fibrous core from the center of each piece. Cut the pieces in half and set aside.

Use frozen yuca if you’re crunched for time

Frozen yuca cooks faster than fresh yuca because it’s parboiled before freezing and packaging. To get fresh yuca super soft, you’ll need to boil it for about an hour, so if you need to save some time frozen yuca is a great option for yuca encebollada.

Yuca Encebollada con Mojo (Dominican Boiled Yuca with Onions)

Yuca Encebollada con Mojo (Dominican Boiled Yuca with Onions)

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Yuca encebollada, also known as yuca en escabeche and yuca con mojo, is the easiest and tastiest yuca recipe you'll ever make!
Cook Time 48 minutes
Total Time 48 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Dominican
Servings 2 servings


  • 1 large yuca peeled and cut
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ½ red onion sliced
  • ¼ red bell pepper diced
  • 2 cloves garlic mashed
  • 1 lime
  • ¼ tsp oregano
  • 1 pinch cumin
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • In a pot over medium heat, add yuca to pot with water and salt. Cook until soft and tender, about 45 minutes, then drain the yuca and set aside.
  • In a pan, add oil, onions, peppers, garlic, lime, oregano, cumin, salt, and pepper. Cook until the onions are translucent and the spices are fragrant, about 3 minutes.
  • Serve the yuca with the mojo sauce on top. ¡Buen provecho!
Keyword Yuca
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