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Cuban Yuca Recipe

Cuban Yuca Con Mojo

This Easy Cuban Yuca con Mojo Recipe will take you step by step to making authentic delicious Cuban Yuca quickly.

What is Yuca?

Yuca is a root vegetable more commonly known as cassava or manioc. It’s a very versatile vegetable because you can fry it, boil it, mash it and no matter what it will be delicious.

Yuca is considered to be a good source of starch, which helps support a healthy digestive system. It has high carbohydrate content, making it a good source of energy for anyone who does a lot of activity or plays sports. It is also important to note that this delicious root vegetable is high in calcium dietary fiber, and potassium.

Despite all of it’s positives, we feel that Cuban Yuca is kind of the underdog of the Christmas table. When the subject of Noche Buena is brought up, very few people will say “Can’t wait for the Yuca”. On Noche Buena, mot people fill their plates with everything else laid out, and maybe throw yuca on their plate just to have a bite. Yuca does not always get the credit it deserves. When in reality a good yuca could make your dinner.

We have been to parties when the Yuca is bad. Trust us, people will talk when the yuca is bad.

How to Make This Easy Cuban Yuca Con Mojo Recipe

The good news is that a good yuca is not hard to do. The real secret to a good yuca is just giving it the time it needs to cook through. If you can do that, and add the right amount of salt, all will be right in the world. Then your judgemental relative will have to find something else to criticize, because your yuca is soft and delicious.

So what do you need for a good Cuban Yuca:

  1. Time to really allow your Yuca to cook through (usually around 30-40 minutes)
  2. Make sure you add enough salt.

Cuban Yuca Con Mojo Needs the Mojo!

Don’t forget the most important step, the Mojo Criollo (not to be confused with our Mojo Marinade).

Ideally, begin making your Mojo Criollo while the Yuca is finishing up. Then once the Yuca has finished boiling, give it a nice beautiful and generous drizzle when you’re ready to serve. It’s always good idea to have a bowl of the Mojo Criollo next to the Yuca for your guests to indulge in extra.

What to serve alongside your Cuban Yuca con Mojo?

Yuca with Mojo Criollo

Recipe by Abuelas Cuban CounterCourse: Sides


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  • 1 3 lb bag of frozen Yuca 

  • 2 tablespoons of salt 

  • 3 bayleaves

  • Mojo Criollo (our recipe)


  • Pour bag of frozen yuca into a pot, sprinkle the salt and throw in the bay leaves.  
  • Cover with water. Bring to a hard boil, and boil it on high heat for 30 minutes. 
  • Keep it covered and continue to boil on medium to medium low until tender.  About one hour to one hour and a half.   You will know it is done when you can easily pierce with a fork. yuca with mojo criollo
  • Drain only when ready to eat and serve with Mojo Criollo