Pork with cassava leaves


Serve this stewed pork with cassava leaves very warm, with rice and rougail on the side.


1⁄2 lb pork (cubed small or ground)
1⁄2 lb cassava leaf (prepared, ready to cook)
2 clv garlic (finely chopped)
1 onion (finely chopped)


  1. Heat oil in a pan and cook onion for 2-3 minutes, until transparent, add garlic and cook for one minute more.
  2. Add pork meat and cook stirring frequently, until done - for about 20 minutes if cubed. Season.
  3. Once the meat is cooked, add the prepared cassava leaves.
  4. Cover with water, place lid on top and simmer for 15 minutes, or until cassava leaves are tender.


Cassava leaf can be found in ethnic grocers, raw or ground and frozen. Cassava leaves are toxic when raw. The leaves are not edible without some treatment - usually pounding, grinding or treatment with boiling water. Wash leaves thoroughly under running water and remove toxins by one of the following methods.

  • Slice cassava leaves and pound them in a mortar. Let them stand for a couple of hours, at room temperature, before cooking.
  • Pour boiling water over roughly chopped cassava leaves and let them stand for a couple of hours before cooking.
  • Boil roughly chopped cassava leaves for ten minutes, let them stand for another ten minutes and then discard the liquid, before adding them to your recipe.

If you don't have it, substitute cassava leaf with the same amount of potato leaf, beet greens or spinach. Other greens can also be used.

4 servings
Preparation time
Cooking time
Total time
2 hours, 40 minutes