Yuca fries are crispy, savory, and delicious, and I’d argue that they’re even better than potato french fries! They have that crunchy exterior with the creamy inside that makes it perfect for dunking into your favorite dip.

And they’re super easy to make! The most tedious part about this recipe is peeling the yuca root, but you can save time by purchasing a bag of frozen yuca instead if you’re aiming for convenience. Just like plantain fries, yuca frita is a Caribbean twist on traditional french fries.

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Yuca fries are better than regular french fries

If you’ve ever had yuca fries, you know they are way crunchier than french fries, AND they stay crispier for longer! Even after they’ve cooled down for a while, they still have an incredible crunch to them. I also like to switch up the dip from typical ketchup a mayoketchup dip.

Ingredients you’ll need to make yuca frita

  • Yuca root. Also known as cassava, manioc, and tapioca.
  • Frying oil.Vegetable oil, corn oil, and canola oil all work.
  • Salt. Essential seasoning that brings out the natural flavors of the cassava.

Step by step instructions

  • 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.
  • Slice each piece into 4 sticks, trying to make them all about the same size so they cook evenly.
  • Add the yuca sticks to a pot of salted water, boil them for about 30 minutes until they’re tender.
  • Remove the yuca fries from the pot of water and pat them dry with paper towels.
  • Heat oil in a pan over medium heat and add the yuca sticks in batches once the oil is hot. Fry them until golden brown and crispy, about 5-6 minutes, flipping halfway.
  • Remove the fried yuca sticks from the oil and place them on a paper towel-lined plate to drain.
  • Season hot yuca frita with salt to taste. Buen provecho!

How to make yuca fries in the oven

  1. Follow the instructions for prepping the yuca fries, then instead of frying them, preheat the oven to 425°F.
  2. Toss the yuca fries with olive oil, salt, and any seasoning you’d like. I like a mix of paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, and black pepper.
  3. Arrange the fries in a single layer on a baking sheet.
  4. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until golden and crispy, flipping halfway through.

How to make yuca fries in the airfryer

  1. Follow the instructions for prepping the yuca fries, then instead of frying them, preheat the airfryer to 400°F.
  2. Toss the yuca fries with olive oil, salt, and any seasoning you’d like. I like a mix of paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, and black pepper.
  3. Place the fries in the airfryer basket in a single layer.
  4. Cook for 15-20 minutes, or until golden and crispy, shaking the basket halfway through.
Yuca Fries (Yuca Frita)

Yuca Fries (Yuca Frita)

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Discover the deliciousness of yuca fries – crispy on the outside, creamy on the inside. A perfect alternative to potato french fries.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Caribbean
Servings 16 fries

Ingredients
  

  • 1 yuca root or cassava
  • Frying oil
  • Salt

Instructions
 

  • 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.
  • Slice each piece into 4 sticks, trying to make them all about the same size so they cook evenly.
  • Add the yuca sticks to a pot of salted water, boil them for about 30 minutes until they're tender, then remove and pat them dry with paper towels.
  • Heat oil in a pan over medium heat and add the yuca sticks in batches once the oil is hot. Fry them until golden brown and crispy, about 5-6 minutes, flipping halfway.
  • Remove the fried yuca sticks from the oil and place them on a paper towel-lined plate to drain. Season hot yuca fries with salt to taste. Buen provecho!

Notes

Oven method:
  1. Follow the instructions for prepping the yuca fries, then instead of frying them, preheat the oven to 425°F.
  2. Toss the yuca fries with olive oil, salt, and any seasoning you’d like. I like a mix of paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, and black pepper.
  3. Arrange the fries in a single layer on a baking sheet.
  4. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until golden and crispy, flipping halfway through.
 
Airfryer method:
  1. Follow the instructions for prepping the yuca fries, then instead of frying them, preheat the airfryer to 400°F.
  2. Toss the yuca fries with olive oil, salt, and any seasoning you’d like. I like a mix of paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, and black pepper.
  3. Place the fries in the airfryer basket in a single layer.
  4. Cook for 15-20 minutes, or until golden and crispy, shaking the basket halfway through.
Keyword Yuca
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