Cuisine: Panamanian
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Cassava fries are the perfect replacement for french fries, especially if you're following a paleo regime.

Yuca is a root vegetable known and enjoyed in most of Latin America. Yuca, or cassava, is similar to a potato but has a tougher skin, a stringier texture and about half of the carbs. Yuca fries are the Latin version of the French fry and a great substitute.

This Panamanian recipe of Yuca Frita makes a great pairing for hamburger, steak, chicken, and pretty much anything barbecued.

Paleo and fitness enthusiasts have all jumped on the yuca train due to its positive health benefits. If you are in a paleo diet simply replace the vegetable oil used for frying with coconut oil and you’re good to go.



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  1. Place the cassava in a medium pot and cover it with enough water. Add the garlic and season with salt to taste. Cover the pot and bring it to a boil on high heat. Then, lower the heat to medium low and cook for about 20-30 minutes or until it’s tender.
  2. Drain the cassava and let it cool on a cutting board. Once it has cooled, pat dry it with a paper towel and cut it into thick pieces, similar to steak fries.
  3. Fry the cassava pieces at 375ºF for about 5 minutes or until they’re golden brown. Then, take them out of the oil and drain them on paper towels.
  4. Season them with salt to taste and serve immediately with lime wedges and any type of dipping sauce of your choice, such as pink sauce, garlic mayo, ketchup or guacamole.

Chef Notes

Cassava has a thick string in the middle. It's best to remove it - otherwise it can be unpleasant to eat. You can do so by cutting the yuca piece in half and removing with your knife. Do this before boiling if using fresh cassava, or after boiling and cooling down if using frozen cassava.

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