Tostones (pronounced Toes-tone-es)

Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 10 mins

This is a very simple side dish from Puerto Rico (actually, I think it's from the carribian in general, but I learned it in Puerto Rico) Plantains look like giant bananas (Tastes NOTHING like bananas), but taste like potatoes when cooked BUT... the blacker the plantain gets, the sweeter it tastes. This recipe calls for a very yellow plantain.


  1. cut right through the skin og the plantains and cut them into 1 inch chunks.
  2. Peel the skins off and using the back of a big spoon, flatten the plantain down.
  3. Soak all the pieces in water for 10 minutes and them salt them.
  4. Fry them up in corn oil and voila, Tostones.
  5. A Puerto Rican Favorite.


Most Helpful

Plantains, or platanos, is one of the foods that came to the Caribbean from Africa with the early slaves of the Spanish conquistadors. The first islands settled were Hispaniola and its sister island Puerto Rico. The water here is actually for twice fried tostones, but this recipe omits the first fry, and so is not necessary.

Rainbow - Chef 536866 February 13, 2010

If you omit the water, it will be easier to fry and avoids the splasher. Season right away after fried. For dipping use evoo( olive oil with garlic) Let me know, thi is awesome!!!

Marilu Mendez June 26, 2007

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