How to Prepare Yucca Root


Yucca is a root vegetable used throughout much of the world. This starchy root is similar to potatoes and can usually be used as a potato replacement. The yucca root's dense, starchy texture makes it a perfect addition to almost any soup or stew, or it can even be enjoyed on its own. Yucca is hard in its raw state and virtually impossible to eat, so it takes a little preparation before you can eat and enjoy this delicious root.

Step 1

Peel the skin with a vegetable peeler until the white flesh is visible all around. Rinse the yucca under running water to get rid of any dirt.

Step 2

Bring a pot of water to a boil at high heat on the stove. The water level must be high enough to completely cover the yucca.

Step 3

Slice the yucca into ½-inch thick pieces with a sharp knife while the water heats up. You can cut down across the length of the root to make disc-shaped pieces, or cut it into cubes.

Step 4

Put the yucca pieces into the boiling water.

Step 5

Let the yucca boil until it is tender but not mushy, usually about 10 minutes. Check the yucca every few minutes with a fork. When cooked properly, the fork will easily penetrate the yucca, but the yucca will not fall apart.

Things You'll Need

  • Vegetable peeler
  • Water
  • Pot
  • Stove
  • Knife
  • Fork


  • Food Reference: Yucca
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