Caribbean Cassava Flatbread (Casabe) Recipe

A fresh casabe on a brown paper bag
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  • 25 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins,
  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Yield: 4 to 8 servings cassava bread
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Here are the traditional recipe and method of making Caribbean cassava (yuca) flatbread known as casabe.

This simple recipe requires only two ingredients -- cassava and salt. It might seem simple enough, but mastering the technique may take practice. Alternative versions of this recipe do include cheese.

What You'll Need

  • 1 pound cassava (yuca root)
  • Salt to taste

How to Make It

  1. Wash and peel the yuca (cassava).
  2. Using a grater, grate the yuca using the finest section.
  3. Using cheesecloth or a clean cotton towel, squeeze the grated cassava to remove as much moisture as possible and discard the liquid.
  4. Add salt to the yuca mixture and stir it in well. Break up any lumps.
  5. Divide grated yuca into equal parts and set aside. Depending on how big you want your casabe to be, I suggest 4 to 10 equal divisions.
  1. Heat a frying pan (a cast-iron skillet works well). Do not add any oil.
  2. When the pan is hot, place a quantity of grated yuca in the middle of the pan.
  3. Spread it out with a spatula, or back of a spoon, into a thin circular cake.
  4. Cook until bottom is golden, then flip and cook the other side until golden.
  5. You may serve casabe warm or allow it to cool for storage. Cooled casabe is hard like a cracker.
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 91
Total Fat 0 g
Saturated Fat 0 g
Unsaturated Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 45 mg
Carbohydrates 22 g
Dietary Fiber 1 g
Protein 1 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)