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How To Make Yuca Fries

Want to know everything about YUCA and learn how to make the most delicious CRISPY YUCA FRIES? You are at the right place!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: Brazilian
Keyword: Appetizer, Healthy Snack, side dish, Yuca Fries, Yucca Fries
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Silvia Ribas


  • 2 large yuca roots
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tbsp sea salt
  • 1 tbsp chili (substitute for paprika)


  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Meanwhile, let’s prepare the yuca!
  • Using a sharp chef’s knife or the largest knife you own, cut ends of yuca off. Then depending on the size of your yuca, you can then cut in half (two larger pieces = larger fries) or three round pieces (=smaller fries). This will not affect the cooking times. 
  • Using a sturdy peeler remove all the brown waxy yuca skin. The yuca should be white/ light yellow in color and have no spots on them. 
  • Grab your chef’s knife again and cut the yuca in half (lengthwise) and each half into 3-4 thinner pieces to resemble ‘fries’. Do this with the remaining yuca.
  • Give the yuca a quick rinse and add to the boiling water for 10 minutes. 
  • Pre-heat oven to 450F degrees at this time. Line a large baking sheet or two if needed with parchment paper and set aside
  • Using a rubber spatula remove yucca from water and place on a paper towel or baking sheet with rack to drip excess water.
  • Transfer yuca to prepared sheet and sprinkle yuca with sea salt and chili powder. You can substitute chili powder for paprika, both work just as good. 
  • Bake for 30 minutes, turning yucca half way through. 
  • Store leftover yuca in an air tight/ zipper bag. Pan fry with coconut oil to re-heat