Cassava Patties by Aunty Kaiulani Odom of Kokua Kalihi Valley

This Cassava Patties recipe is a favorite of Kaiulani, director of the Roots Program at Kokua Kalihi Valley. An incredible non-profit organization working to foster health and healing in the Oahu community by honoring culture and the island’s precious resources.

The Roots Cultural Food Hub buys organic produce from local farmers and creates the most ‘ono-est meals you could ever crave. Cassava flour is also made in the Food Hub Kitchen, by cooking, drying and pulverizing the cassava root. This flour is gluten free and has a nice gummy texture when cooked. Cassava flour makes a great alternative to tapioca starch, boasting no additives or unknown ingredients.

Kaiulani uses this Cassava Pattie recipe all the time when she wants a quick, easy dish to make and usually serves it alongside a big salad.  What makes this recipe fun is that you can make it your own by adding different herbs, spices, cheeses and other ingredients. Some of her favorite add-ins are grated carrots, sauteed onions and leeks, Chinese parsley, or cooked kalo cubes. If you have any fresh, local fish or beef on hand try adding it to these patties. 

Aunty Kaiu’s Favorite Cassava Patties


  • 1 C.          Cassava Flour
  • ½ tsp          Salt
  • ¼ tsp          Pepper
  • ¼ – ½ C.      Grated Cheese
  • Varies        Water  

Preparation Instructions:

  • Put cassava flour in a bowl, add salt and pepper and any additional seasonings you want. Add a tiny bit of water at a time until you have a dough.  Each batch of flour will take a slightly different amount of water. Do not add to much or it will be mushy. Let sit for a few minutes to let the water absorb.  
  • Mix in cheese and shape into patties.  
  • Pan fry until golden brown on each side.    

Remember that this is a basic recipe and you can add all types of ingredients!  Other seasonings we have tried include paprika, dried olena, Italian seasoning, basil, cumin, red pepper.  Feel free to also add more protein, but make sure animal proteins are cooked first as these patties fry up quickly. 

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