Yuca Frita is a very popular Colombian side dish and can be found in virtually every Colombian restaurant.
Simply put they are akin to potatoes and they are cut and prepared like french fries.
Although yuca fries are cut into thicker pieces and usually served with Salsa Golf or Salsa Rosada.
Here's a simple yuca frita recipe for you to try.
- 2 lbs Yuca, Fresh or Frozen
- Vegetable Oil
- Kosher Salt to Taste
If using fresh yuca, peel the yuca, cut into large pieces, and remove the fibrous inner core of the root.
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 it starts to turn translucent and can be pierced easily with a fork.
Remove the yuca from the water and pat dry with paper towels. Check yuca for any remaining fibrous pieces and remove them. Cut the cooked yuca into 1/2" strips.
Heat 2 inches of vegetable oil in a heavy frying pan over medium high heat. Once the oil is hot, 350° F, fry the yuca in batches until golden brown on both sides, about 6 to 8 minutes.
Remove the yuca pieces from the oil using a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels.
Sprinkle with salt and serve with aji chili pepper sauce or huancaina sauce for dipping.