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Yuca Mash with Garlic and Thyme (Mashed Cassava)

This healthy mashed yuca is a new light and tasty side dish. It's creamy, filling and so easy to make!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: South American
Keyword: cassava mash, mashed yuca
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 335kcal
Author: Jovita | Yummy Addiction


  • 1.5 lb (680g) fresh yuca
  • 2 cloves garlic , peeled and smashed with the side of a knife
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup milk , plus more if needed
  • 1 teaspoon finely minced fresh thyme
  • salt and black pepper , to taste


  • First, you need to peel the yuca root. Trim off the ends and cut it crosswise into 2- to 3-inch pieces. Make a slit in the skin from top to bottom. Insert a knife under the skin and slightly twist it to loosen the skin. Alternatively, you can set each piece side up and cut the skin off using a knife.
  • You have to get rid of both the waxy brown skin and pink layer inside. Also, if there are any dark areas on the white flesh, cut them off. If the discoloration runs throughout the whole root, it may have gone bad and you have to discard it.
  • Next you have to remove the woody core (similar to pineapple). Set each piece side up and cut in half lengthwise. Next, cut in half once again so the root is now quartered and the core is exposed. Cut it off from each piece. Lastly, cut into chunks.
  • Place the chunks together with garlic and salt into a medium pot filled with water (enough to cover the yuca root by an inch or two). Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to medium, and cook for about 20 minutes, until the root is very tender.
  • Drain and return the yuca pieces and garlic to a hot pot. Add the butter and let stand for a couple of minutes. Puree with an immersion blender or potato masher until smooth.
  • Heat the milk in a small saucepan over low heat until hot. Stir in the heated milk (start by adding half until you reach the desired consistency), fresh thyme, salt, and pepper into the mashed yuca. Serve warm.


Calories: 335kcal | Carbohydrates: 66g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 6.7g | Cholesterol: 16.8mg | Sodium: 1011.4mg | Sugar: 3.7g