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Paleo & AIP Cassava Fries

Cassava Fries — Instant Pot & Stovetop {Paleo, AIP}

Cassava Fries are healthy decadance! Use duck fat to fry them in, if you can get it. Otherwise, I provide some good alternative fat recommendations. Look for cassava root at your local Asian grocery store, especially in the freezer section. They're easy to find and inexpensive.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine African, American, Asian, Mexican
Keyword cassava, fries, instantpot, paleo, yuca, yucca
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 702 kcal
Author Megan

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds cassava root, frozen or fresh — if fresh, peeled deeply and rinsed well; then cut into 6 inch lengths
  • 2 cups filtered water
  • 3/4 cup duck fat duck fat is best, then lard, then Kerrygold butter, then strained bacon fat, then coconut oil or avocado oil, then tallow
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt garnish

Instructions

  1. Place water into base of Instant Pot insert. Add frozen cassava root, or fresh. (Frozen or fresh will affect cooking time; see Instruction 2 below.)

    cassava-root-frozen
  2. Check that rubber ring is fitted inside Instant Pot lid. Place lid on Instant Pot, making sure the steam release valve is sealed. Press the “Manual” setting, and decrease the time until you reach 25 minutes. (For fresh cassava, set time to 20 minutes.)

  3. When the Instant Pot is done and beeps, press “Cancel.” Allow Instant Pot to release pressure naturally for 30 minutes. Place a dish towel over steam valve (or use oven mitt), and open it to release any remaining pressure. Remove lid and insert, so the pot's contents begin to cool.

  4. Cool cassava almost completely; then transfer to a cutting surface. The roots will have split open during cooking, or they will easily splay open. Remove tough stringy fiber that runs down the center of each one (see photo). Slice roots into long strips of desired thickness, about 8 fries per root.

    cassava-fries-instruction
  5. Place fat in heavy bottom pot over high heat: ideally a cast iron skillet, but a large saucepan with heavy bottom or Dutch oven will work too (you'll just need to cook more batches if the surface area is smaller).

  6. When fat is quite hot (sizzles when a drop of water is added) carefully add cassava strips in rows. You can crowd the pan a little, as long as none are overlapping or touching too much, and there is sizzling fat beneath and around each one. Cook cassava on first side about 5 minutes, then reduce heat to medium-high or medium (depending on how hot your fat is; no need to use a thermometer, you just don't want the fat smoking: a nice even sizzle of the cassava as it fries; see photo). Flip each strip over, using two forks or a set of tongs. If strips have a third side that isn't yet golden (some will, some won't), rotate cassava again so third side is fried. Remove cassava fries to a large plate (does not need to be lined with a paper towel, will not be greasy) one by one as they finish cooking, about 10-12 minutes per batch. They will not all finish cooking at the same time.

    cassava-fries-instructions
  7. Repeat with remaining cassava fries. Sprinkle each batch *generously* with sea salt as you plate it.

    Cassava Fries! These are awesome, a family favorite, such a treat but easy to make! Extra fast and easy in the Instant Pot, and healthier too by using a pressure cooker! #cassava #frenchfries #cassavafries #instantpot #pressurecooker #aip #autoimmuneprotocol #gameday #appetizer #sidedish
  8. Serve fries with extra sea salt and any optional dippings you like.

Recipe Notes

Looking for great pasture-raised lard? I recommend this one.

Find Celtic Sea Salt here.

This is the Instant Pot I have.

Nutrition Facts
Cassava Fries — Instant Pot & Stovetop {Paleo, AIP}
Amount Per Serving
Calories 702 Calories from Fat 351
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 39g 60%
Saturated Fat 13g 65%
Cholesterol 38mg 13%
Sodium 619mg 26%
Potassium 615mg 18%
Total Carbohydrates 86g 29%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 4g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 0.6%
Vitamin C 56.6%
Calcium 4%
Iron 3.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.