Fried Plantains

One plantain serves 1-2

Fried plantains can be on the table in less than 5 minutes. This easy, delicious side dish goes well with any Caribbean or African food. In particular, the slightly sweet flavor helps contrast with both region’s spicy dishes.

Ingredients:

1 plantain
vegetable oil
salt or brown sugar

Method:

1. Heat a thin layer of vegetable oil in a frying pan.Β Meanwhile, cut plantains into long, oblong slices.

NOTE: Choose plantains that are yellow to black in color, not green. The green plantain in the photo was still under ripe and inedible. Green plantains behave like green bananas, after a few days the bland astringency gives way to a mildly sweet flavor.

2. Fry in the oil on both sides until browned.

NOTE: How browned you like them is a matter of taste. I like my fried plantains pretty dark πŸ™‚

3. Sprinkle immediately with salt or brown sugar. Serve hot.

The first time I made plantains – oops crispy.

Although they are a bit charred, they are still uber tasty.

When I made them again, for Burundi, I turned the heat down a little.

Ahhhh, much better! πŸ™‚

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Fried plantains can be on the table in less than 5 minutes. This easy, delicious side dish goes well with any Caribbean or African food. In particular, the slightly sweet flavor helps contrast with both region’s spicy dishes.Fried Plantains
Servings Prep Time
1-2people 5minutes
Cook Time
10minutes
Servings Prep Time
1-2people 5minutes
Cook Time
10minutes
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Heat a thin layer of vegetable oil in a frying pan. Meanwhile, cut plantains into long, oblong slices.
  2. Fry in the oil on both sides until browned. NOTE: How browned you like them is a matter of taste.
  3. Sprinkle immediately with salt or brown sugar. Serve hot.
Recipe Notes

NOTE: Choose plantains that are yellow to black in color, not green. The green plantain in the photo was still under ripe and inedible. Green plantains behave like green bananas, after a few days the bland astringency gives way to a mildly sweet flavor.

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Recipe Copyright Sasha Martin, Global Table Adventure. For personal or educational use only.

9 Comments

  1. mom says

    In Samoa, these are a staple with eggs for breakfast (scrambled or otherwise) – pretty good…

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  9. Barb Clough says

    My Nigerian-American son-in-law says to put a little salt in a bowl and toss plantains in the salt BEFORE cooking. Then he deep fries them….. everyone has their own twist

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