Bolitas de Yuca con Azúcar (Cassava Balls with Sugar)

by Erica Dinho on June 11, 2012

Bolitas de Yuca con Azúcar (Cassava Balls with Sugar)

I love yuca, also called cassava, which is a vegetable commonly found in Colombian cuisine. This is a fantastic dish to have as a snack. I love serving this for parties or for a movie-time snack. It’s also a wonderful alternative to potatoes. My husband and kids absolutely loved these Cassava Balls dusted with sugar and cinnamon powder.

Buen provecho!



(About 20 small balls)

  • Vegetable or canola oil for frying
  • 1 tablespoon of salt
  • 2 pounds of frozen or fresh yuca (cassava)
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • Powder cinnamon(optional)

Bolitas de Yuca con Azúcar (Cassava Balls with Sugar)


  1. Place the yuca,1/2 tablespoon of salt, and water in a large pot. Cook over medium heat until the yuca is soft and tender. Drain the yuca and discard the water.
  2. Using a potato masher or food processor. Mash the yuca and mix with the remaining salt.
  3. Form small balls with the mashed yuca using your hands and place on a plate.
  4. Fill a large skillet with oil, deep enough to cover an entire ball and heat over medium-high heat.
  5. Carefully add the yuca balls to the oil and fry them for about 2 to 4 minutes or until golden on all sides, turning over once about halfway through.
  6. Remove from the oil and transfer to a plate lined with paper towels to absorb the oil. Sprinkle with the sugar, and cinnamon if using, while warm.
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{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Platanos, Mangoes and Me! June 11, 2012 at 9:54 AM

I would love them too. Me an my sweet tooth….


2 Joanne June 11, 2012 at 10:19 AM

Yucca is one of my favorites though I never know what to do with it! Love this idea!


3 Heather @girlichef June 11, 2012 at 6:27 PM

Oh, I want to try these! I only ever use the blossoms, but I’m saving this in hopes of getting enough gumption to make some ;)


4 Claudia June 12, 2012 at 5:55 PM

Does this ever look sweet and summer-fresh. I must check my grocery – unique and pleasing to all. Love this idea for a crowd. It would turn heads.


5 Juliana June 12, 2012 at 7:53 PM

I love yuca, but never had it this way…it is so simple and sure a great treat :)
Thanks for sharing this recipe Erica and hope you are having a wonderful week!


6 Belinda @zomppa June 12, 2012 at 11:06 PM

Looks like something I couldn’t have just one!


7 Mary June 13, 2012 at 10:47 AM

These really beg to be tried. I never quite know what to do with yucca, but you’ve pointed me in the right direction. These sound amazing. I hope you have a wonderful day. Blessings…Mary


8 Jeannie June 13, 2012 at 12:06 PM

We call them tapioca here and we steamed it before dipping into sugar and eat :D this versions sounds yummy and more presentable..great photos!


9 grace June 13, 2012 at 4:08 PM

even though this is something i’ve never tried, i’m quite positive i’d love it. after all, sugar is heavily involved. :)


10 ruth June 13, 2012 at 4:08 PM

I love anything with cinnamon and sugar. Would love to try this vegetable!


11 Matt June 21, 2012 at 8:08 PM

These yuca balls were really good. I added cinnamon powder and we loved them. thanks


12 Erica June 21, 2012 at 8:10 PM

Thank you, everyone!


13 Lilibeth December 14, 2012 at 6:24 AM

Question… Assuming one peels the yuca first? :)


14 Erica December 14, 2012 at 9:00 AM



15 Mari September 17, 2013 at 4:11 PM

Oh my, this looks good. I prepare them fried as savoury, but never as sweet, they must taste fantastic with hot chocolate.


16 Cecilia March 25, 2014 at 9:54 PM

Just a question. Do you add the sugar also to the mash or is it just rolled in it after frying.


17 Erica Dinho March 26, 2014 at 8:01 AM

Don’t add sugar to the mash.


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