Bolitas de Yuca con Azúcar (Cassava Balls with Sugar)

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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  1. says

    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.

  2. says

    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!

  3. says

    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

  4. says

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

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