Roasted Cassava (Yuca Asada)

Yuca Asada or Roasted Cassava

Yuca Asada or Roasted Cassava

I love yuca and in Colombia yuca is one of the most popular vegetables. We incorporate this vegetable into a lot of our recipes and it is one of the most popular side dishes. Yuca is used in Colombia in many ways comparable to how potatoes are used in the United States. Roasted yuca or Yuca Asada is a healthier variation of the Fried Yuca



(4-6 Servings)

  • 1 pound frozen yuca or cassava
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried cilantro leaves
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley leaves
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin powder
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh lime juice


  1. Preheat the oven to 400° F
  2. In a large pot with salted water cook the yuca for 15 minutes. Drain a set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl mix the olive oil, spices, salt and pepper. Add the yuca to the mixture, tossing to coat.
  4. Arrange the yuca mixture in a single layer in a baking dish coated with cooking spray and bake 30 to 40 minutes or until the yuca is tender and browned.
  5. Stir in lime juice, sprinkle salt and pepper and serve.
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  1. says

    I’ve mostly had yuca steamed with a garlicky mojo sauce over it; occasionally, fried like potatoes but never roasted and I am sure this would be my preferred method. I also like that you ‘fessed up’ to using the frozen product rather than trying to get through all that scary tough skin!

  2. says

    I love roasted yuca. I’ve never had it frozen though – does it come already peeled? I find that the most annoying part of dealing with fresh yuca is boiling and peeling it. I also never added the lime juice – but definitely will next time I make it (which will be soon!)

  3. says

    I just signed up for the email updates and I may be in trouble as all the recipes I’ve seen I want to try – they’re a great excuse to take advantage of all the wonderful produce I see in the markets. I have a Columbian friend who I’ll need to share your blog with. She claims not to cook, but I am sure she’ll appreciate seeing all the food she grew up with.

  4. Lay says

    WOW, thanks so much!
    I come from Italy and discovered the colombian food in Spain. My friends mom from Colombia came to visit in Spain and cooked such a delicious food!
    I really wanted to learn to cook some nice colombian food.Your website is great, so are the recipes.
    I am about to cook this delicious yuca, that I am sure it will turn just great seeing all the great comments and of course the great picture!


  5. Timothy Blackmon says

    Looking forward to this. We are having several Colombians over for Mothersday. We do a lot of Colombian cooking at our house being my wife is from Barranquilla. Now tell me where to get good hot dogs.

  6. s. edgar says

    This is a great recipe. I am from Brazil and never thought I could roast the yucca with the same great flavor as fried yucca we serve as a side dish for barbecue. I’m so pleased and I have been making this recipe over and over. Thank you for sharing!


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