Farofa Skillet Toasted Manioc Flour With Onions

Farofa skillet recipe

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Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 20 mins
Servings: 4 to 6 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
298 Calories
19g Fat
29g Carbs
4g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 6
Amount per serving
Calories 298
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 19g 24%
Saturated Fat 10g 52%
Cholesterol 116mg 39%
Sodium 173mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 29g 11%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Protein 4g
Calcium 43mg 3%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Farofa is a delicious accompaniment to many Brazilian dishes, especially the classic black bean stew feijoada. Farofa is made with manioc (cassava) flour (harina de mandioca), which is toasted in a skillet with butter, onions, and palm oil. The root of the manioc (cassava) plant is commonly sold as a very fine starch (almidón), often called tapioca flour in the US.


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  • 8 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon palm oil
  • 1 large onion (finely chopped)
  • 2 cups manioc (cassava) flour
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Freshly ground black pepper (to taste)
  • Optional: 1/2 cup chopped black olives
  • Optional: 1/2 cup diced hard boiled egg

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for farofa
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  2. Melt the butter and palm oil in a skillet over medium-low heat.

    Melt the butter
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  3. Add the onions and cook until very soft and golden, about 10 minutes.

    Add the onions
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  4. Stir in the manioc flour and cook, stirring, for 3 to 4 more minutes until well mixed and evenly toasted and lightly browned.

    Stir in manioc flour
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  5. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

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  6. Stir in optional black olives and/or hard boiled eggs if desired.

    Stir in olives
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  7. Serve and enjoy!

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  • To make farofa, you need manioc flour that is coarsely ground, with a texture like farina cereal. You can find manioc flour in Brazilian markets or online.
  • If you can't find manioc crumbs, you can substitute with bread crumbs - the flavor is not the same but it is still tasty.