Baked Yuca Frita con Mojo


Prep Notes

I grew up on Yuca Frita con Mojo and it was my favorite!! The dish I grew up on was a little less healthier because it was deep fried in vegetable oils but it was so darn delicious!! I decided to make my childhood favorite dish for my boys over this weekend and they absolutely devoured it! I even had to tell them to slow down because they were barely taking breaths in between bites! This is an exciting, fun dish that the whole family can enjoy. It's a great alternative to regular potato fries and I always find it fun to cook with a variety of different vegetables. I hope you all enjoy!!

Ingredients

  • 1-2 large yuca
  • coconut oil
  • himalayan pink salt or high quality sea salt
  • black pepper
  • garlic powder

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees
  2. Cut off both ends of yuca root
  3. Peel the skin completely off with a sharp knife or vegetable peeler
  4. Cut into thick fries - leaving out the stringy, fibrous core
  5. Bring a pot of water with salt to a boil (enough water to cover all "fries")
  6. Right before it begins to boil, add in yuca fries and continue to boil for about 10-15 min until fork tender. Do NOT wait until fries become soft or else they won't turn into fries! 
  7. Drain "fries" when they are fork tender!
  8. Pat dry "fries" with paper towels and toss in a bowl with melted coconut oil, salt, pepper, and garlic powder (to taste)
  9. Place on a Silpat mat or parchment paper and bake in the oven for 30 min. Be sure to turn them over halfway through!
  10. Yuca "fries" are done when they are slightly browned and crispy! Serve warm with homemade mojo sauce or your favorite sauce!