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Easy Baked Yuca Fries

Yuca fries that are easy to prepare and baked in the oven for a healthier twist. They are gluten-free and quite crispy and delicious!
Course:Side Dish
Cuisine:Brazilian
Keywords:cassava fries, yuca fries
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Calories337 kcal
Cost $4 ($1 per person)

Equipment

  • oven

Ingredients

  • 2 fresh yuca/cassava
    or 6 frozen yuca sections
  • 2 tbsp olive oil (or more if desired)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • dried cilantro or your favorite dried herb
  • 1 lime

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 425º F (about 218º C). If you are using fresh yuca/cassava: peel the tough, waxy brown skin and also the pinkish-purplish layer under the brown skin.  
  • Cut into three-inch sections, place in a pot with enough tap water to cover, and let boil over medium-high heat for 10-15 minutes or until fork-tender and the ends start to split open a little bit.
  • If you are using frozen yuca/cassava: since it is already peeled and divided into sections,  place in a pot with enough tap water to cover, and let boil over medium-high heat for about 15 minutes or until fork-tender and the ends start to split open a little bit
  • Remove from water using a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels.  When they are cool enough to handle, cut in half lengthwise and remove the thin, woody stick that runs through the middle.
  • Then, cut them into sticks (or into the desired shape), distribute them in a single layer onto a baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil, and season with salt, pepper, and dried cilantro. Bake for about 20 minutes, turning once.  
  • Fries are done when they are crispy on the outside and still soft on the inside. Season with more salt & pepper, if desired.  Squeeze a little fresh lime juice over them.  Serve with ketchup, Jalapeño-Lime Aioli, or your favorite dipping sauce.

Recipe Notes

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days. Be aware they won't be as crispy as when they came out from the oven.  Freeze them wrapped tightly with freezer wrap for up to 12 months.

Nutrition

Calories: 337kcal | Carbohydrates: 80g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 91mg | Potassium: 570mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 40IU | Vitamin C: 46.9mg | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 0.6mg
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