Yuca With Garlic Sauce (Yuca Con Mojo)

Yuca With Garlic Sauce or Cuban Yuca Con Mojo, delicious boiled yuca flavored with a citrusy garlic sauce that is the perfect side dish.

Yuca With Garlic Sauce (Yuca Con Mojo)

Flavorful Yuca With Garlic Sauce is a delicious vegan and gluten-free dish that is popular in Cuba, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic is easy to prepare and flavorful.

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What Is Yucca Root?

Yucca, pronounced (Yoo -ka) is also known as yuca, cassava is a tropical starchy root vegetable that is an alternative to a potato. It has a white waxy flesh that is traditionally served boiled, baked or fried.

The skin is dark brown and rough, with white flesh, it is long and slender like an Asian sweet potato. 

Yuca With Garlic Sauce

The starch of the tuber is also used to make tapioca starch that is used as a binder in gluten-free baking or a thickener in sauces.

Yucca root can be found in Latin American stores, the international section of most supermarkets. You can also purchase yucca that is already peeled and chopped in the freezer section of the grocery store.

Yucca Plant

Yuca With Garlic Sauce - Yucca Plant

Yucca is one of the plants that I grew up with, it is a perennial tree that keeps giving. My mom would harvest the tubers and use it to make starch that she would use to iron our clothes.

She also made a delicious cassava pone, similar recipe to my Sweet Potato Pudding. She also added cassava to soups. 

How To Make Yuca With Garlic Sauce

This is easy to prepare but I promise you it tastes great, for someone on a gluten-free diet this yucca with garlic sauce recipe is a welcoming alternative.

There are different versions of this dish but all of them I have tasted are very delicious served as a side. I have seen vinegar being used, lemon, orange or lime. 

Cut the top off the root, peel and discard the skin. Cut the white flesh int large chunks, about 2 inches long. Bring to boil in a large pot of water, reduce to simmer for 20 minutes or until fork tender. Meanwhile, prepare the garlic sauce/garlic mojo.

Remove yucca from heat, drain water using a colander, split the yucca pieces in half lengthwise and remove the tough core and place in a serving bowl.

Saute onion in olive oil in a large skillet on medium-high for 2-3 minutes, Add garlic, and cook stirring for 30 seconds.

Add lemon juice and salt and cook for 2 minutes for flavors to meld. Pour sauce red onions/garlic sauce over boiled yucca and serve.

Yucca With Garlic Sauce is Delicious Served With:

Chickpea Stew

Instant Pot Pinto Beans

Curry Cabbage

Yuca With Garlic Sauce

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Nutrition

Energy:
247 kcal / 1032 kJ
Fat:
12 g
Protein:
4 g
Carbs:
31 g
Per portion

Cooking Time

Preparation:
15 min
Cooking:
25 min
Ready in:
40 min
For:
4 Servings

Ingredients

Yucca

Garlic Sauce

Instructions

  1. Place yuca in a large pot of cold water with salt and bring to boil. Reduce heat, cover pot and simmer for 20 minutes or until yuca is fork tender.
  2. Drain yuca and place in a serving bowl. In the meantime, heat oil in a large skillet on medium high, add onion and saute until soft, about 2-3 minutes. Add garlic and cook for 30 seconds.
  3. Add lemon juice and salt and cook for a couple minutes. Pour over yuca and serve.

Michelle Blackwood

Hi, I’m Michelle, I’m the voice, content creator and photographer behind Healthier Steps. I share vegan and gluten-free recipes because of past health issues. My goal is to help you make healthier choices and show you how healthy eating is easy and delicious.

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2 Comments
  1. Willa
    January 17, 2019

    Very yummy and filling

    • Michelle Blackwood
      January 17, 2019

      Thank you for your feedback Willa, I’m so happy you enjoyed it.