Cassava Chips (Yuca Chips)

Yuca chips
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  • Total: 60 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 50 mins
  • Yield: 2 to 4 servings

If you like making your own potato chips, you’ll enjoy this recipe for making cassava (yuca) chips. They make a great snack for after school or game night.

Cassava chips taste great simply sprinkled with salt, but even better if served with salsa or a dip.

Ingredients

  • 2 cassava roots (fresh)
  • 1 quart water (iced; more or less as needed)
  • Salt to taste

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Slice off about a half-inch from each end of the cassava (yuca) root.

  3. With a vegetable slicer or mandolin, slice the root into thin rounds (about 1/8 inch or less). You can use the straight blade or crinkle-cut blade.

  4. Put the slices into the ice water right away and allow them to steep for 45 minutes.

  5. Remove the slices from the water.

  6. Drain and dry on paper towels. (You do not want them to be wet when you put them in hot oil.)

  7. Fry in hot oil at 370 F until lightly brown and crisp. Don’t crowd the fryer. Fry in batches if necessary.

  8. Drain the chips on paper towels, sprinkle with salt.

  9. Serve immediately or allow them to cool and store them sealed in plastic bags or airtight container.

  10. Enjoy!

Tips

  • For the best possible chips, the slices of cassava (yuca) need to be paper-thin.
  • Use a vegetable slicer or mandolin to keep the slices thin and uniform for proper frying.
  • Make sure the slices are dry before putting them into the hot oil.