My kids went crazy for yuca while we were in Miami this past summer. Yuca is also know as cassava, and is a starchy plant that is tubular in shape, kind of resembling a sweet potato. It is commonly eaten as fries and popular in Cuban cuisine in the U.S. I decided to create a healthier version of the yuca fries my family has come to love. These baked yuca fries are surprisingly quick and simple to make with just 3 ingredients! Not only are they vegan, but they are also naturally gluten-free.
The hardest part of this recipe is peeling the yuca, which you do very carefully with a knife. A regular vegetable peeler won’t penetrate the skin, so you have to use a knife to pry a small piece off and then use your fingernails and a paring knife to pull it off.
Once you have the yuca peeled, slice it into fry sticks, toss with olive oil and seasoning, and then bake. Super easy! I served it alongside our favorite roasted chipotle salsa, which the kids loved.
Baked Yuca Fries
- 2 large yuca , peeled and cut into sticks
- Tajin seasoning (or other favorite taco seasoning blend)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Toss the yuca with the olive oil and seasoning.
Spread the yuca sticks onto a baking sheet and place in oven for 7-10 minutes until golden brown.
Allow to cool and serve immediately with salsa for dipping.