Total Time
Prep 35 mins
Cook 10 mins

Plantains are a member of the banana family, but catch them a little before they are ripe and they become a kid pleasing savory snack similar to French Fries. My 8 year old loved these, so we were pleasantly surprised when she gobbled them up. My daughter likes these sans sauce, but my Husband and I love them with Delicious Salsa Verde This recipe is from Family Fun Magazine. Don't let all the steps scare you, they are very easy to make!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Cut off the ends of the plantain, then use a small knife to cut a slit along their natural ridges.
  2. Pry the skin loose, using a knife if necessary, and then pull it off.
  3. Cut the plantains crosswise into 1" rounds.
  4. Place them in a bowl with the water, salt, and garlic for 30 minutes.
  5. In a medium sized pot, or frying pan heat the oil to 325 degrees.
  6. Drain the plantain slices and pat with a paper towels.
  7. Fry a few rounds at a time, turning them occasionally until golden, not brown, and tender when pierced with a knife, about 5 minutes.
  8. Drain the cooked slices on paper towels and allow them to cool for at least 1 minute.
  9. Place the fried slices one by one between two pieces of waxed paper on a cutting board.
  10. Gently press each slice with a mllet or rolling pin into rounds approximately 1/3" thick and 2" in diameter.
  11. When all the slices are pressed, heat oil to 375 degrees, then refry the slices until golden brown and crispy on the outside, tender on the insdie, about 3 minute Drain the rounds on paper towel and sprinkle with salt, enjoy!.
Most Helpful

There is certainly nothing wrong with this recipe, it was easy enough to do. I decided not to attach a star rating to it though because it just wasn't my thing. I found it a lot of work for the outcome. Granted though, I've never worked with plantains before, and have maybe eaten them once or twice ever. I think perhaps my plantains were TOO green, because only a couple of pieces had a nice texture on the inside. It was interesting so I'm not sorry I made them....thanks for the introduction Leslie.

magpie diner February 14, 2011

Wow, these are awesome Leslie. I really enjoyed this dish. It was quick and very easy to make. My dil's mother turned me on to plantains...and I will always be indebted to her for that. I love plantains, I have yet to try a recipe that I haven't enjoyed. Thanks so much for sharing a recipe that I will make again often. Made for Aussie Swap 01/10 :)

Baby Kato January 25, 2010

EXCELLENT!!! The greener plantain never softened up but the riper ones were still firm enough to come out perfectly! I haven't had these in a looong time & were a wonderful treat. Made for you for being a Tour Guide for the Kitchen Witches, ZWT5. xoxoxoxo

Elmotoo June 12, 2009