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Yucas Fritas Recipe – Original Peruvian Fried Cassavas Yuccas

Yields6 ServingsPrep Time18 minsCook Time45 minsTotal Time1 hr 3 mins

The cassava (Yuca) is one of important tuberculous like potatoes to Peruvian People. They accompany many different dishes with it. But one of special preparation of cassava is yuca frita o dorada. Cassava browned has a paticular flavor, boiled at first and fried after just seasoned with salt has an amazing taste that you can't loose it.


 2 ½ cups vegetable oil
 1.20 kg cassava (Yuyca)
 9 cups of water
 1 tsp salt

Use a sharp knife, to peel carefully the cassavas (yucas). The cassavas peel are so thin and you need to cut a vertical line in one side of cassava and fold up peel carefully.


Add plenty of water to a large pot (We use 9 cups of water). And a teaspoon of salt and turn the stove on high heat. When the water starts to boil, add the peeled pieces of whole cassava, and cook half-covered for about thirty minutes.


You will know that the yucas are ready after you stick a stick into them and the stick enter so easy. If you boil yuca has cut by half, use a fork to check when it cassava cooked.


Turn off the stove and drain the water from the pot. Let the cassavas (yucas) in the pot for about 12 minutes.


Then place each piece one by one on a cutting board. Open the individual yuca and remove the hard vein from the inside. With the help of a knife, cut into long rectangular sticks..


Pour all the oil into a skillet over high heat. When the oil is very hot and you see bubbles on the surface of the oil, add the yuquitas with a slotted spoon little by little.


Put the yucas to fry for about six minutes on each side. Remove from the oil and place on a flat plate covered with absorbent paper towels. Wait about five minutes until the excess oil is drained and serve accompanied by an avocado sauce, Peruvian hot sauce, or mayonnaise. Garnish with some refreshing lime!


Cassava (Yuca) is a very tough vegetable and must be boiled whole for at least 30 minutes before frying. This long boiling period allows the root vegetable to soften. There is a technique to boil them and determine when they are ready.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 250gr

Servings 0

Amount Per Serving
Calories 1340
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 110g170%

Saturated Fat 89g445%
Sodium 1803mg76%
Potassium 678mg20%
Total Carbohydrate 95g32%

Dietary Fiber 5g20%
Sugars 4g
Protein 4g8%

Vitamin A 33%
Vitamin C 52%
Calcium 54%
Iron 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.