Yuca Fries {Secret Recipe Club}


It’s Secret Recipe Club time again! This month I was assigned From Brazil to You. Denise is a trained chef, and was born and raised in Brazil. I had so much fun reading through her blog while trying to decide on a recipe. So many great recipes to choose from.

I was excited to find these Yuca Fries. I’d never heard of yuca, but I realized I’d seen it before at the grocery store. It’s one of those vegetables I’d always wondered about. Now I know…Yuca is a root vegetable. I learned from Denise that Yuca or cassava is the third-highest source of carbohydrates in the tropics and consumed by half a billion people around the world. It’s also capable of growing in poor soil.


I’m on day 22 of the Daniel Plan so was excited to find something from her blog on the plan. I always like to try new things, and have new challenges in the kitchen. The yuca was easy to peel. After that you cut it in 3 inch chunks and boil for about 15 minutes. The slice into fries and bake. It’s that easy. The Yuca fries turned out crispy and tasty.

Be sure to stop over and visit Denise’s blog. Many hours of interesting reading and recipes to look through!


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Yuca Fries {Secret Recipe Club}
Recipe type: side dish
Cuisine: Brazilian
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Serves: 2
  • 1 large or 2 medium fresh yuca/cassava or 6 frozen yuca sections
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • A pinch of dried cilantro leaves (or your favorite dried herbs)
  • Fresh lime juice
  1. Preheat oven to 425.
  2. Bring a pot of water to a boil.
  3. Peel the rough outer layer including the purplish layer. Cut into 3 inch sections, place in boiling water and boil for about 15 minutes or until fork tender and the ends start to split open a bit.
  4. If you are using frozen yuca/cassava, just place into water since it's already peeled.
  5. Remove from water using a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. When they are cool enough to handle, cut into half lengthwise and remove the thin woody stick that runs through the middle.
  6. Then cut them into sticks or desired shape and spread them out in a single layer on a baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle salt and pepper and any herbs or seasonings. Fries are done when they are crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.
  7. Squeeze a little lime juice over them. Serve with ketchup or your favorite dipping sauce.

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8 Responses to Yuca Fries {Secret Recipe Club}

  1. Viveca says:

    These sound good. I think I’ll give them a try–now that I learned how to do the boiling part and draining & cooling before the baking!

    Thanks for posting this recipe.

  2. Hi, Denise!!! Thanks a lot for your kind words…I am glad that you tried something new and enjoyed it. In Brazil, there are many dishes made from cassava or yuca (even stews where yuca is used as the thickening agent). We simply love such a versatile vegetable root. Wishing you a great week!!!

  3. I tried yuca years ago and this recipe looks like a great excuse to seek it out again!

  4. What fun! We recently went out for Brazilian and these were the appetizer. I loved them, glad to know I can make them at home!
    Our Eating Habits recently posted..Paprika Chicken & Potatoes

  5. SeattleDee says:

    I’m convinced, and ready to try this at home – it’s been ages since I’ve enjoyed yucca fries and plantain chips at a local Cuban restaurant.
    SeattleDee recently posted..Chicken and Waffles… really!

  6. Never cooked with yuca but you make it seem so simple and delicious – this is a must try. Nice SRC pick!

  7. Margaret says:

    What an interesting dish. I have also seen yucca but have been leery about trying it. But these look so good!!
    Margaret recently posted..{BwJ} Chocolate-Mascarpone Cheesecake

  8. I have never had yuca before, but these sound great!
    Karen – Cinnamon Freud recently posted..Meringue Filled Yeasted Coffee Cake: Secret Recipe Club

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