Yuca Fries with Spicy Mayo


Yuca fries, also known as cassava fries, are a popular dish in many Latin American countries. These crispy and golden-brown fries are made from yuca (cassava) root, which is starchy and slightly sweet. Paired with a zesty spicy mayo sauce, they make a perfect appetizer or side dish. Let’s dive into the details of making yuca fries!


  • 1 large yuca (cassava) root
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • Salt
  • For the Spicy Mayo Sauce:
    • 1/2 cup ketchup
    • 1/2 cup mayo
    • 2-3 tablespoons hot sauce (adjust to taste)


1. Prepare the Yuca:

  1. Peel the Yuca:
    • Use a sharp knife to peel the thick, waxy skin off the yuca root.
    • Cut the yuca into fry-shaped pieces, similar to French fries.
  2. Remove the Woody Core:
    • Yuca has a fibrous core running through its center. Cut it out using a V-shaped cut to remove any tough parts.

2. Fry the Yuca:

  1. Heat the Oil:
    • Heat vegetable oil in a deep fryer or a heavy-bottomed skillet to 350°F (175°C).
  2. Fry the Yuca:
    • Fry the yuca in batches to avoid overcrowding.
    • Fry for about 3 minutes per batch, turning occasionally, until they are lightly golden and crispy.
    • Remove with a slotted spoon and place on paper towels to drain excess oil.

3. Make the Spicy Mayo Sauce:

  1. Mix the Ingredients:
    • In a small bowl, combine ketchup, mayo, and hot sauce.
    • Adjust the hot sauce amount according to your desired level of spiciness.

4. Serve and Enjoy:

  1. Serve Hot:
    • Arrange the crispy yuca fries on a serving platter.
    • Serve them hot alongside the spicy mayo sauce for dipping.


  • Variations: Feel free to season the yuca fries with additional spices like garlic powder, paprika, or cayenne pepper.
  • Texture: The yuca fries should be crispy on the outside and tender on the inside.
  • Dipping Options: Besides spicy mayo, try serving them with chimichurri sauce, garlic aioli, or a squeeze of lime.

Enjoy your homemade yuca fries—a delightful blend of flavors and textures!

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