Yuca al Mojo is a flavorful side dish that is popular in Panama and throughout the Caribbean. It’s made by boiling the cassava (yuca) root until it is tender. Then the Yuca is marinated in a zesty sauce made with garlic, cilantro, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Serve it warm and garnish it with shredded coconut.
Cassava in Garlic Sauce is also a welcome addition to numerous meals. Serve it with eggs for breakfast, add it to a garden salad for a hearty brunch. You can mix it with sautéed vegetables for lunch or serve it with shrimp for a tasty seafood salad dinner entree.
What is a Yuca?
Cassava roots, peels and leaves should not be consumed raw because they contain toxins that can cause illness. The Yuca root must be fully cooked to remove the toxins.
The Yuca, also known as cassava, is a root vegetable similar in texture to the potato. It is dense, starchy, and full of carbs, fiber, and vitamin C. It is native to South America to South America, Mexico, and some parts of the US.
According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the Cassava root is a staple food in most of the developing countries, providing a basic diet for over 500,000 people.
Did you know that when Yuca root is dried and ground into a powder, it becomes tapioca? It’s a boba-to-be for your trendy milk teas. Yass mon!
No matter how you slice it, dice it, grind it, or cut it up, the Yuca root is at the heart of Panamanian cuisine.
Yuca al Mojo
- 2 lbs. cassava
- 1/4 lb. margarine
- 6 coriander leaves
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 1 small onion
- lemon juice
- shredded coconut for garnish
- Peel and cut the yuca into a large pot.
- Boil the yuca with 2 tablespoons of oil, 2 coriander leaves, and salt to taste until soft.
- Chop the garlic, the rest of the cilantro, into fine cuts and dice the onion.
- In a bowl, mix the garlic, cilantro, onion and add the lemon juice with a pinch of pepper and margarine.
- Add the sauce when the yuca is done. Garnish with coconut and serve warm.
Time needed: 35 minutes.
Recipe for Yuca al Mojo – Cassava in Garlic Sauce
- Ingredients You Will Needed
2 lbs. cassava
1/4 lb. margarine
6 coriander leaves
2 cloves of garlic
1 small onion
shredded coconut for garnish
- Directions to Cook Yuca al Mojo
A. Peel and cut the yuca into a large pot.
B. Boil the yuca with 2 tablespoons of oil, 2 coriander leaves, and salt to taste until soft.
C. Chop the garlic, the rest of the cilantro, into fine cuts and dice the onion.
D. In a bowl, mix the garlic, cilantro, onion and add the lemon juice with a pinch of pepper and margarine.
E. Add the sauce when the yuca is done. Garnish with coconut and serve warm.
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