Yuca Recipe – How to Cook Cassava Root

Check out this easy yuca recipe. Yuca is a starchy root that makes a terrific change up from a potato dish. Me and CG have been cooking up yuca roots with garlic and onion for years, inspired by our favorite Cuban restaurants in Florida. The combo of yuca, garlic, onion, and cumin will knock your socks off, so check out the video and give this delicious yuca recipe a try.

Ingredients for this Cuban-Inspired Yuca Recipe

YUCA (about 1 lb.)
1 Lg ONION (diced)
5-10 cloves GARLIC (finely chopped)
OIL for sauteing the onion and garlic
RED PEPPER FLAKES to taste
2-3 Tbsp CUMIN
½ cup OLIVE OIL
juice of 1 LEMON and zest
SALT to taste
CUMIN SEEDS (1 tsp, optional)
…I’ve got lots of yuca, so in the video I’m doubling this recipe

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Yuca is a popular root that can be used much like a potato

How To Cook Yuca Recipe

  • Using a sharp knife, cut the yuca into manageable sizes and carefully cut away the outer skin of the yuca root. The skin is inedible and should be discarded.
  • Place yuca pieces into a pot of water and bring to a boil. Yuca should never be eaten uncooked.
  • Reduce heat and simmer 15-20 minutes or until yuca root can be pierced easily with a fork. Do not overcook!
  • Yuca pieces should not be mushy. Drain yuca and cool with water.
  • Remove fibrous stem from center of root and cut into 1 inch chunks.
  • Heat oil in a skillet.
  • Add garlic and onion and let simmer for a several minutes.
  • Add red pepper flakes, cumin, and salt to taste.
  •  Add yuca.
  • Mix and allow all to simmer for 5 minutes. Give the yuca an occasional stir. Add a bit of water if needed, but not too much.
  • Remove from heat and add lemon juice and zest.
yuca recipe

Cook yuca by removing the skin and boiling the root in water

And that’s it!
Yucca is an excellent substitute for potato. It goes great with any meat entree, and makes a great vegetarian meal when paired with stuffed peppers and a crisp green salad.
Give this yuca recipe a try and let me know what you think, and bon appetit!

And if you wanna try out the stuffed peppers with yuca, check out this recipe as well.
Jalapeno Peppers Recipe
kick ass jalapeno poppers

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–Chef Buck

And here’s a LO-FI video version of this yuca recipe I made back before I knew what a haircut was.


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