Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 15 mins

This Ghanian (Western Africa) recipe is served as a dessert. Traditionally it's cooked in masses of hot oil. Don't skimp on the hot pepper; it won't bite in this dish!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Mix together the red pepper, salt, ginger, minced garlic, chopped onion and 1 tablespoon of the oil in a small bowl.
  2. Peel the plantains and cut on the diagonal into 1/2 inch thick pieces. Place in a large bowl; add the spices and mix well to coat the plantains. If desired, place in the refrigerator for a couple of hours to help develop the flavors.
  3. Heat some of the remaining oil in a large, heavy non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. When hot, add plantains in a single layer. Sauté until browned, turn over and brown other side. Repeat until all the plantains are cooked.


Most Helpful

Wow! This was really good! I usually do skimp on hot pepper but decided to trust, and it was great. Just right, really. I've never prepared plantains before, so I tasted it before cooking it. Can't say I'd recommend that! lol. Tasted like a bland sweet potato. But it sweetened up with the cooking and all the other flavors were so nice together with it. Thanks! Reviewed for Healthy Choices ABC tag.

mliss29 September 12, 2008

Since I just didn't feel like dealing with hot oil, I just grilled the plantains instead. This added a nice smokiness to them and some pretty grill marks. The savory/spiceiness of the recipe went well with the sweetness of the plantains. I served this alongside some Amarula ice cream with a drizzle of caramel sauce. It made for an elegant and exotic (for us!) dessert. made for ZWT4 Africa.

Kitchen Witch Steph July 01, 2008

Made & reviewed for ZWT 4 - Kumquat's Kookin' Kaboodles! I chose this unusual recipe for the Africa Dessert Challenge & am so glad I did. It is soooo good! I used homemade preserved ginger & drizzled a little of the syrup over the cooked plantains - delicious! Our family is used to the sweet / savoury combinations of African cooking so we all enjoyed this....Thanks Bethie for a lovely recipe :)

Um Safia June 22, 2008

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