I ask myself how can this very firm root vegetable produce yuca fries that are so crispy on the outside and tender inside. They are so delicious that you can’t stop eating them! The yuca fries are normally fried in oil. However, I prefer to bake the yuca fries for a healthier version without sacrificing its flavor and texture. Whether you purchase the actual root vegetable or the frozen yucas at the Latin Market, I always steam the yuca after it has been peeled and cut to size. They become tender when steamed which makes it easier to cut into yuca sticks. In addition, you retain most of the nutritional value.
I love to season my yuca sticks with different seasonings prior to baking them. However, the most common seasoning used is a oil mixture that consists of salt, black pepper, garlic powder and oil. Be adventurous and generously add many flavors to your yuca fries. I am already getting hungry just thinking about these tropical yuca fries!
A Little Food History – Root Vegetable Cassava (Yuca)!
The Spanish term for the cassava is yuca. It is a tuberous, starchy root vegetable with a dark brown hard rind protecting the firm white flesh that has a stiff cord running lengthwise down the center of the yuca. The Taíno Indians also cultivated the cassava, grated the yuca into a flour and prepared a flatbread with this root vegetable known as “casabe.”
Now we can start preparing the cassava (yuca) for the baked fries. Cut both ends of the cassava and measure the size that you desire for your fries. I normally cut the cassava (yuca) into 3-inch sections.
You can also purchase the cassava (yuca) that has been already peeled and cut to size in the frozen section of the Latin Market.
Peel the cassava (yuca) with a sharp knife.
After cutting and peeling the cassava (yuca) into 3-inch sections, cut each section in half. You will notice a fibrous string located in the center of the cassava (yuca) lengthwise. Don’t worry. We will remove the fibrous string after the cassava (yuca) has been cooked.
Steaming the Root Vegetable – Cassava (Yuca)!
Add sufficient water to steamer and insert steamer basket, making sure that the water is below the steamer basket. Place root vegetables into steamer basket. Cover with lid and steam root vegetables over medium heat for 30 minutes or until fork tender.
If the steamed cassava (yuca) are fork tender after 30 minutes, remove them from the steamer basket and place in a bowl.
Creating our Cassava (Yuca) Sticks!
We can now cut the steamed cassava (yuca) into 1-inch thick sticks with a knife.
Remove the fibrous string that is attached to the cassava (yuca) stick.
Place the cassava (yuca) sticks in a bowl.
Let’s Marinade the Cassava (Yuca) Sticks!
In a small bowl, add the olive oil, salt, garlic powder and black pepper. With a spoon, mix all ingredients until well blended.
Pour the olive oil mixture over the cassava (yuca) sticks. Toss the cassava (yuca) sticks until evenly coated with the oil mixture.
Preheat Oven to 350°F. Arrange the cassava (yuca) sticks on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper in a single layer. Bake for 15 minutes.
After 15 minutes of baking, turn the cassava (yuca) sticks to the other side with a spatula. Bake for an additional 10 to 15 minutes or until golden brown.
Once they are golden brown and crispy, place them on a plate with ketchup or your favorite sauce dip. The baked yuca fries are so crispy on the outside and yet so tender in the inside – excellent way to enjoy our tropical fries. ¡Buen Provecho!
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Recipe and Nutritional Facts
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These delicious Baked Yuca Fries are so crispy on the outside and tender in the inside. They are so tasty that you can’t stop eating them!
- 1 pound yuca, peeled and cut into 3-inch sections
- ¼ cup olive oil
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- ⅛ teaspoon black pepper
- Cut each 3-inch section of yuca in half.
- Steam the yuca for 30 minutes or until fork tender.
- With a knife, cut the steamed yuca into 1-inch thick sticks.
- Remove the stiff core that is attached to the yuca. Place the yuca sticks in a bowl.
- Mix the olive oil, garlic powder, salt and black pepper in a bowl.
- Pour oil mixture over the yuca sticks and toss yuca sticks until evenly coated with oil mixture.
- Place yuca sticks on a cookie sheet and bake in oven for 15 minutes at 350°F.
- With a spatula, turn yuca sticks over and bake for an additional 15 minutes or until golden brown.
- Serve warm with ketchup.
- Category: Side Dish
- Cuisine: Puerto Rican
Keywords: Baked Yuca Fries