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cuban yuca con mojo boiled cassava with garlic sauce recipe

Cuban Yuca con Mojo (Boiled Cassava with Garlic Sauce)

Yuca con Mojo makes a perfect appetizer dish or a side to any dinner meals! The combination of the tender soft cassava and garlicky citrus flavored oil will make you keep coming back for more!

Course Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine Caribbean, Cuban
Keyword caribbean, cuban, mojo, recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4 people


  • 1 lb yuca (cassava) peeled & halved
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 8 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 small onion sliced rings
  • 1/3 cup naranja agria (bitter orange) juice
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1/2 lb chicharrón (pork belly) optional
  • cilantro for garnish finally chopped


  1. Start by peeling the yuca (cassava) skin and cut into medium sized wedges. Place chopped yuca (cassava) wedges into a large pot and add water until wedges are completely covered. Bring to boil and add two teaspoons of salt into water for 5 minutes. Bring to simmer, cover the pot, and set aside for 20 minutes or until yuca (cassava) chunks are soft. 

  2. In a medium-sized saucepan, add the chicharrónes and fry until golden brown. set aside chicharrónes onto a wire rack or plate with paper towel. sauté onion rings for 3 minutes then add olive oil to saucepan. Bring oil to simmer while adding the minced garlic, naranja agria (bitter orange) juice, and remaining salt. Stir continuously for five to seven minutes.

  3. To serve, place soft yuca (cassava) wedges on to plate or bowl, remove the fibrous core of the yuca if any, pour mojo garlic sauce over the yuca, and add chopped up fried chicharrónes. Garnish with cilantro and add salt for taste. 

Recipe Notes

  1. Frozen yuca wedges may be used, but will need an additional 5-10 minutes while boiling to get tender. 
  2. Chicharrónes can be replaced by bacon.
  3. Fresh naranja agria (bitter oranges) is hard to find at local stores and Goya's bottled version can be used. Lime can also be used instead of bitter orange.