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84% would make again

Yuca Fritters (Arepitas De Yuca)

One of our favorite ways to enjoy yuca is when it’s fried. Crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, these fritters make for a fun and easy appetizer. Just be sure to use a sharp knife when cutting and slicing the yuca. So kiss your fries goodbye (for now), and give these fritters a try!

by Betsy Carter and Marissa Buie

Total Time

30 minutes

30 min

Prep Time

5 minutes

5 min

Cook Time

25 minutes

25 min

Total Time

30 minutes

30 min

Prep Time

5 minutes

5 min

Cook Time

25 minutes

25 min

Ingredients

for 18 fritters

  • 2 lb yuca (910 g), cut into 4 in (10 cm) pieces
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon anise seeds
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more to taste
  • 1 cup canola oil (240 mL), for frying

Nutrition Info

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    Calories 122
    Fat 13g
    Carbs 0g
    Fiber 0g
    Sugar 0g
    Protein 0g

Estimated values based on one serving size.

Preparation

  1. Using a sharp knife, stand each piece upright and carefully slice off the skin.
  2. Grate the yuca on the small holes of a box grater.
  3. Add the grated yuca to a large bowl, along with the softened butter, egg, sugar, anise seeds, and salt. Mix until thoroughly combined.
  4. In a high-walled skillet, heat the canola oil over medium-high heat until shimmering.
  5. Working in batches, scoop 2 tablespoons of the yuca mixture at a time into your hand and gently press into a ½-inch (1 ¼ cm)-thick fritter. Place on the edge of a metal spatula and carefully lower into the hot oil. Fry the fritters for about 2 minutes on each side, until golden brown. Transfer the fritters to a plate lined with paper towels to drain. Sprinkle lightly with salt.
  6. Serve the fritters warm.
  7. Enjoy!