Yuca Fritters, AREPITAS de YUCA

Due to our farm’s cassava harvest in the past month, I've been enjoying many yuca recipes.  Cassava is also called yuca or manioc. Today I will start with a simple and delicious recipe, Yuca fritters (arepitas de yuca). Yuca fritters, like tostones, are common side dishes in Dominican cuisine. I love these so much, I even eat them cold. With stewed beef, baked chicken, rice and beans or simple alone, these are tasty fritters. There are several ways to make them changing an ingredient here and another there, but always with the same results, delicious fried yuca!

Our Yuca plantation six months ago. 

Yuca tree ready to harvest.

Cassava / yuca leaf. 
Yuca from our farm. Yuca can be grated or cut in three to four inch chunks, to be eaten, fried or boiled.

Arepitas de Yuca
(My Mom’s recipe)

2 pounds of cassava
2 eggs
2 teaspoons salt
2 Tablespoons of milk
½ teaspoon of garlic mashed
1 Tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon of anise (optional)

1. Peel and a grate the cassava. Once all cassava is grated squeeze out any starch water, and mix with all the other ingredients.

2. With the help of a Tablespoon form oval shaped fritters, try not to make them too thick and slide into hot oil. Fry  4-6 arepitas at a time until golden brown on both sides. Serve hot.

Yield: 45 arepitas


a) This recipe can be divided in half if you prefer to do less arepitas

b) You can prepare this the night before and store it in a zip lock or covered container in the refrigerator and fry the next day. 

c) Any leftover fried arepitas can be stored in the refrigerator and heated in the microwave the next day.

Bon Appetit!

You can also find Arepitas deYuca in the following kitchen:

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12 Friends Have Comment:

  1. Oh my God Mary, yo tengo un post preparado justamente con esta receta que aun no he publicado. Me encanta! Soy adicta a las arepitas de Yuca.

    Vi que me dejaste un comentario en mi blog viejo, gracias. Este es mi blog nuevo www.smartlittlecookie.net el de blogger ya no lo uso.

    By the way me encanta tu granja!

  2. Vanessa - I am glad you love them too! Saved your new link, gracias :)

  3. They're picture perfect, Mari. I've had Yuca out west - but never in Minnesota. Too cold.

  4. Mari,
    These look amazing. I will make them this weekend to share with my daughters and hubby. Thank you for sharing your mom's delicious recipe. xoxo J

  5. Mmmhhh, those savory fritters look delicious! A great treat. I've used yuca to make cakes, but never that kind of dish.



  6. Your yuca fritters are so delicious looking Mari! I only had yuca once before made into french fries and I loved them. Thanks for showing us how they grow!

  7. I love yucca for its starchiness. This is the first time that I am seeing the plant. How lucky you are to have so much space to grow this wonderful root.

  8. ils sont trop tentants ces beignets, j'adore
    bonne soirée

  9. I've never tried yuca, but how wonderful that you have it fresh at your disposal! And I'm sure I'd love your fritters...they look perfect!

  10. THANK YOU THANK YOU!!! for your site. Im the only one that likes to bake in my family and I want to learn more, theres nothing like haveing a desert from home. It means alot to me you shared your talent.

  11. I finally tried yuca this year, and I loved it! Your tostones look so perfectly shaped, I love it! They look delicious:-) Take care, Terra


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