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Yuca Fritters (Arepitas de Yuca)

A popular crispy and savory treat in the Dominican Republic that are perfect as a snack, appetizer, or side dish for any meal!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: caribbean, Dominican
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 228kcal
Author: Vanessa



  • 1 pound yuca, grated
  • 1 tablespoon butter, softened
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon anise seed
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil, for frying


  • Grate the yuca using the smallest size of the grater.
  • Combine the yuca, butter, egg, anise seed, salt, and sugar in a medium bowl. Mix together with a spoon until well combined.
  • Heat vegetable oil in a medium skillet over medium heat.
  • Place about 1 tablespoon of the yuca mixture in the oil, separately. Cook for about 2-3 minutes on each side, or until the fritter has turned golden brown.
  • Tranfer to a plate lined with a paper towel to remove excess grease.
  • Serve immediately.


  • If you’re looking to minimize time, you can prepare the batter and store it covered in the refrigerator for up to two days until you’re ready to fry them.
  • You can also add cheese to the fritter mixture to add more flavor and gooiness. I like to add about ¼ cup shredded mild cheddar cheese, but Gouda or mozzarella work great as well. 


Calories: 228kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 48mg | Sodium: 635mg | Potassium: 331mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 163IU | Vitamin C: 23mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 1mg