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Crispy Baked Yuca Fries (Gluten-Free, Vegan)


  • Author: felicia | Dish by Dish
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 55 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x

Description

If you want a break from potato wedges, these crispy baked yuca fries are the perfect side dish, appetizer or snack. Cooked in the oven till crispy perfection, these yuca fries taste delicious with our favorite easy garlic aioli, our 5-minute Sriracha chili sauce, or cilantro lime crema. Yuca fries are naturally gluten-free, paleo, and vegan, so everyone can enjoy them!


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Ingredients

  • 8 cups filtered water
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 large yuca (4 cups cut)
  • 4 tablespoons neutral vegetable oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Combine the 8 cups of water and 2 teaspoons of salt in a large pot and bring to a boil.
  2. While the water is heating up, cut off the ends of the yuca and use a vegetable peeler to peel off the brown skin.
  3. Cut the peeled yuca into uniform finger-sized wedges (like you would potato wedges).
  4. When the water starts to boil, add the yuca wedges to the pot and cook them in the boiling water for approximately 15 minutes until they are fork tender.
  5. Preheat the oven to 425F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  6. Once the yuca is cooked, remove the wedges from the pot and pat them dry with paper towels (make sure you do this so the yuca doesn’t get waterlogged and turn soggy when you bake them!)
  7. Place the dry cooked yuca in a single layer on the parchment-lined baking sheet, leaving space between each wedge so they are not overcrowded and can crisp evenly.
  8. Bake the yuca fries for 40 minutes, tossing them every 10 minutes, until they are golden brown and crispy.
  9. Sprinkle salt and pepper or desired seasoning on the yuca fries and serve straight away (see notes below for seasoning options).

Notes

Vegetable Oil: I used sunflower oil, but you can use other oils such as corn oil, avocado oil, or coconut oil as well.

Seasoning Options: here are the various options we like (which you can add either together with the oil as you toss the yuca, or sprinkle them on after the yuca fries are ready): 
– Sea salt and freshly ground pepper
– Ground paprika
– Ground turmeric
– Chili powder
– Garlic powder
– Onion powder

Discard Parts with Brown Streaks: When cutting the yuca, make sure to discard the parts with many brown streaks. For best results, use yuca with predominantly white flesh, as many brown streaks means that the yuca is past its prime and will result in hard-to-chew yuca fries.

Eat these Yuca Fries with:
– Easy Garlic Aioli (Gluten-Free, Vegan)
– 5-Minute Sriracha Chili Sauce (Gluten-Free, Paleo)
– Cilantro Lime Crema

Adapted from: Paleo Running Momma and Detoxinista

Keywords: yuca fries, crispy baked yuca fries

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