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Fried Yuca with Cilantro Aioli Dipping Sauce


If you love french fries, try this unique vegetable fried.

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You will love the crisp exterior and the tender creamy center. Of course, the cilantro dipping sauce (which is also great with croquetas) is reason enough to make these. If you’ve never had yuca (a popular Hispanic root vegetable, often called yucca in English), try this version first. It is a unique substitute for french fries and has a mild flavor everyone loves. Make an extra batch of sauce, though—double dipping is the norm!

Recipe Type: Side Dish
Author: The Versailles Restaurant
Serves 4 to 6
Serves: 2-3
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • Approximately 3 pounds frozen or fresh yuca
  • Oil for frying
  • 1 bunch fresh cilantro
  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • ½ cup minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cups mayonnaise
  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add salt and vinegar. Boil peeled yuca for about 45 to 50 minutes, until tender.
  2. Let yuca cool and dry completely.
  3. Cut the yuca into 2-inch-thick strips and deep fry in oil at 350°F.
  4. Sprinkle with salt and serve with Cilantro Aioli sauce.
  5. To make sauce: Mix together all the remaining ingredients except the mayo. Blend the ingredients using a hand blender until a fine purée forms, about 3 minutes. Combine with mayonnaise. Add salt and additional pepper if necessary.

These recipes come courtesy of The Versailles Restaurant Cookbook, a compilation of recipes from the world-famous Cuban restaurant in Miami. (University of Florida Press, 2014)


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