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Yuca Mash

Garlic Yuca mash, perfect side dish for your meals, made with few ingredients and easy to make, boil, mash, and enjoy. Plus it's gluten-free!
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time35 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: International, Latin
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 205kcal


  • 1 ½ pound yuca peeled and chopped. It can be fresh or frozen
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • Pepper to taste


  • In a large pot, add water, yuca, garlic, and salt. Add enough water to cover the yuca—about 5 cups
  • Cook over medium heat for about 30-40 minutes or until tender. You can prick them with a knife, and if it goes in and out easily, it means they are ready. If they aren’t tender yet, cook for five more minutes.
  • After this, remove the yuca from the pot and place it in a large bowl to mash, taking advantage of the fact that it is still hot. Reserve some of the water for later.
  • Add butter, garlic powder, milk, and continue mashing until you get the desired texture. If you prefer a rustic mash, leave small pieces of yuca without mashing. For a creamier mash, add a little more of the cooking liquid (1 tablespoon) at a time and continue mashing.
  • Serve with your favorite food and taste.



Storage: Once cool, you can store them in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 3-4 days.
Reheat: You can reheat in the microwave. If it's a bit dry, you can add a little extra water, and it's done before heating.
  • Yuca: use fresh or frozen.
  • Butter: replace it with ghee, margarine, or olive oil.
  • Milk: use any milk you have on hand (evaporated, cow, almond, coconut, etc.) The higher the fat content, the creamier the result will be.
  • Water: use part water and another part broth to add more flavor to the yuccas.
  • Garlic: omit the garlic or replace it with onion powder.
  • You can add cheese. Use sour cream or cream cheese and eliminate the milk. Or you can make a mashed yuca gratin. For this, you can use mozzarella cheese or Parmesan.
  • You can add herbs, onion, or parsley.
  • If you prefer a dairy-free option, use ghee and plant-based milk.
  • You want to add another texture, crush pork rinds or bacon strips and place it on top!
  • You can make a casserole with leftovers, meat, chicken or tuna, or yuca arepas and add cheese.


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 205kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 424mg | Potassium: 325mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 85IU | Vitamin C: 24mg | Calcium: 29mg