Yuca Frita (Fried Cassava)

by Erica Dinho on April 11, 2009

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Recetas Colombianas-Yuca Frita
Yuca frita is very popular in Colombia and is served by just about every typical Colombian Restaurant in the world. Serve with salsa rosada or your favorite dipping sauce.

Recetas de comida colombiana



(SERVES 6-8)

Comida Colombiana


  1. In a large pot cover the yuca with water, add salt and bring to a boil, reduce the heat to medium low and cook about 15 to 20 minutes or until is tender.
  2. Remove the yuca from the water and pat dry with paper towels. Cut the cooked yuca into ½ – inch strips.
  3. Fill a large frying pan with enough vegetable oil to 350° F. When the oil is hot, place the yuca into the heated oil carefully. Fry them until golden brown on both sides about 6 to 8 minutes.
  4. Remove the yuca pieces from the oil using a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Sprinkle with salt and serve.
  5. Colombian Food

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{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Smokeydoke April 11, 2009 at 2:44 PM

I had some at the farmer’s market the other day. Delicious. Can’t wait to try it at hom.


2 Erica April 12, 2009 at 8:44 AM

yuca frita makes a great change in the traditional potato fries!


3 HK Lam April 14, 2009 at 10:12 AM

Very much like how we eat them in South East Asia. In Thailand, the cassava are steamed and sweet syrup made of sugar and coconut cream are poured over.


4 J Van Allen July 4, 2009 at 11:48 PM

I had this when I was on a missions Trip to Zambia last summer, I bought a large chunk (about a foot long) with about a half a cup of peanuts for 1000K (at the time about 30 cents Canadian) I had it on a couple of occasions like this and many times after it had been dried, grinded into a powder then made into almost like thick mashed potatoes and eaten with anything they had on hand

I have been craving this for months now, now that I have the recipe I jsut need to see if I can get my hands on some Cassava and I wil be set (I live in a small town so it will be difficult to find, but eventually I will manage)

Thank you for this recipe, it is exactly what I was looking for


5 Rose Maitland November 24, 2009 at 9:10 AM

Thank you, I have always enjoyed yuccatan at Polo Tropical in Florida, I am about to try it. In jamaica, “bammy” is usually made from cassava. Cassava is really eaten in its natural form.


6 shabina May 12, 2010 at 11:25 AM

I am from manchester and wanted to know where I can buy cassava from I had it once in a restraunt ion london where it was made just like this recipe. it was really nice, since then i have been on the look out for it, any ideas?


7 Laura July 2, 2010 at 9:26 PM

Thank you for the recipe! I made it tonight and it was a big hit. My son kept asking for more salty fries! YUMMY!!!!!!!


8 Angela July 20, 2010 at 9:13 AM

Me dieron ganas de yuca!! que rico… suerte que tengo un paquetico en la nevera. :-)


9 Peru Delights October 13, 2013 at 8:13 PM

This recipe is almost identical to Peruvian fried yucca, but we love to serve these with any spicy sauce, being huancaína, aji amarillo, rocoto, or the like. Never thought about salsa Golf, which we use for shrimp or fish fritters… Oh, I´m so hungry!


10 claudia brunie November 12, 2014 at 5:11 PM

Thank you,thank you…I have been looking for Colombian recipes all over,but none compare to yours.Brings me back to when I used to live in Medellín during my Bachillerato years. Memories of family friends and delicious food. Now I have the recipes.Thank you


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