Air-Fryer Yuca Chip Recipe

air-fryer yuca chip recipe

This easy homemade air-fryer yuca chip recipe is simple to make and a delicious substitute to the traditional potato chip. I love this air-fryer yuca chip recipe with ceviche, salsa or even just as a healthy snack alternative.

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What is Yuca? It’s a root vegetable, specifically the root of the cassava plant which is why it is sometimes referred to as cassava root. It is similar in size and shape to a sweet potato, starchy with a mild flavor.

It is important to remove the peel completely before preparing or cooking yuca. Since the Yuca peels contain cyanogenic glucosides, it is considered toxic and should be discarded.

Helpful Tips For Air Fryer Yucca Chips

Step one: remove peel with a vegetable peeler or knife and ensure that all of the skin is removed.

For step two, you will need a mandolin to ensure that the yuca is thinly sliced; too thick of slices and the chips wont get crispy enough. Now, Slice the top and edge off of the yuca, as there is likely still skin around the root (much like a sweet potato). Then thinly slice the yuca with your mandolin- I prefer on the smallest setting to make the chips nice and crispy

Yucca or Cassava Plant Root
Yucca root
Thinly sliced Yucca Root for Air-Fryer Yucca Chip Recipe

Fill a medium bowl with ice water and add the yuca slices. Let them soak for 15 minutes. This is an important step to remove the excess starch from the yuca and will help to create your crispy chips. While your slices are soaking, preheat the airfyer. Any air fryer will do, but we really like the Cosori brand, found on Amazon. After 15 minutes, pour out the water and lay the chips out to dry on a paper towel.

Once dry- and it is important that the chips are dry, otherwise they wont crisp up- spray the base of the air fryer basket. Lay the slices in the bottom of the basket without overlapping too much (you’ll need to do this in multiple batches). Spray the yuca slices with oil of choice and a good amount of salt and any other flavors you desire. Air fry at 360 degrees for 9 minutes, or until desired level of crispiness is achieved.

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Air-Fryer Yuca Chip Ingredients

  • 1 yuca root
  • preferred oil spray- I prefer avocado oil for it’s high smoke point
  • Salt
  • Seasonings to taste

Air-Fryer Yuca Chip Instructions

  1. Peel yuca root completely and chop off and discard ends.
  2. Thinly slice yuca into rounds using a mandolin
  3. In medium bowl, make an ice water bath. Add yuca rounds and soak for 15 minutes to remove excess starch
  4. While the yuca rounds are soaking, preheat the air fryer to 360 degrees
  5. After 15 minutes, remove the yuca rounds from the ice bath and dry on paper towel. Make sure that the slices are dry- patting dry if necessary- to help them crisp up.
  6. Spray air fryer basket with oil of choice, and lay the yuca rounds in the bottom of the basked, trying to minimize the overlap. Spray lightly with oil and sprinkle with salt to taste. You will need to cook in multiple batches.
  7. Cook the rounds at 360 degrees for 9 minutes, or until your desired level of crispiness.

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