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How to Cook Yuca Root - Yuca Root Recipes Included

Updated on July 31, 2017
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What is Yuca Root?

Yuca is one of the more common names of Cassava, which is a woody shrub found in South America. The Yuca root (Cassava root) has a starchy taste, similar to that of a potato and is slightly sweet as well. It is a good source of carbohydrates, calcium, vitamin C, and thiamine, but low in protein. It makes for a great side dish but is delicious when eaten by itself.

Yuca Root (uncooked)
Yuca Root (uncooked)

How to Prepare Yuca Root?

There are many ways to prepare yuca root. The simplest way to cook yuca root is to boil it. Boiled yuca root is delicious, especially with melted butter poured over it.

After you boil the yuca root, you can enjoy it by itself or use it as a side dish to go along with fish, meat, or sausages...

If you are tired of eating potatoes or just want to try something different then give yuca root a try. You are going to love it.

5 stars from 3 ratings of Boiled Yuca Root With Melted Butter

Boiled Yuca Root With Melted Butter

Boiled Yuca Root With Melted Butter
Boiled Yuca Root With Melted Butter


  • Yuca Root
  • Salt
  • Melted Butter
  • Dried Parsley


  1. Wash the yuca root under running water and pat dry with a paper towel. Using a cutting board and a knife remove the brown skin from the yuca root. You can use a peeler but it is easier to do it with a knife. Be careful not to cut yourself in the process.
  2. Once the brown skin is removed, cut the yuca root in half horizontally. Then cut those two pieces in half vertically and in half again. If you use one yuca root you will end up with 8 long pieces.
  3. Pour water into a pot, add salt (not too much) and place over medium heat. When the water starts to boil place yuca root inside, reduce heat slightly and cook for about an hour. When about an hour passes try one yuca piece to see if it is tender enough. If it is to your liking turn of the heat and remove the yuca root onto a plate using a spoon that has holes in it so excess water doesn't get on the plate. If you feel that the yuca root is still a bit hard for you then let it cook a little bit longer. But don't cook it for too long or it will fall apart.
  4. Put some butter into a sauce pan or a skillet and melt it over medium heat. When melted pour it over the boiled yuca root and sprinkle with some dried parsley.

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