Fried Sweet Plantains

Doctor Holding New Born Baby Upside DownMmmmmmm! mmmm! I love me some fried sweet plantains!   I’m pretty sure I ate my first one at birth.  That’s right,  I was hung upside down, spanked on the a$$ and right when I was about to cry, they pacified me with a fried sweet plantain. True story!

So you probably read about how I made my tostones, which are simply fried green plantains, and I explained how the plantain needs to be green to make tostones.   But riddle me this… What happens if you bought green plantains, and then you forgot about them?   What are you going to do when your plantains have turned yellow with black and brown spots?

Relax… you can still use them!  Your plantain is not sick with ebola… it is now a ripe plantain. If you want to eat something that is a nice balance of salty and sweet, then this little slice of heaven will make for a great side dish!

You will need :

  • Canola oil
  • a Ripe plantain

First In a small pot, cook about 1-inch of canola oil on high heat until just hot enough to sizzle when a plantain piece is added

canola oil

Take a sharp knife and cut off the ends from each plantain.  Then cut a lengthwise and peel off the skin. If the plantain is ripe enough you can just peel it like a banana.how to make plantainsCut the plantains into 1/2-inch pieces or thicker, no more than an inch thick.

Cut sweet plantainsNotice I am not cutting circles.  I’m making cross cuts, this gives the plantain a little length…

plantain in oilWith the canola oil on high heat, carefully drop the plantain pieces in the oil until the plantain gets a golden brown color (about 2 to 3 minutes on each side). Use tongs to transfer the fried plantains on to paper towels to drain.

sweet plantains

Just like that… Bam! You made sweet plantains its 2-3 less steps than making tostones!

Tip: the sweet plantain gets sweeter the longer it ripens.   It may looked spoiled where it’s mostly brown and black all over, but as long as the plantain has some firmness to it you can still fry it.   The longer they ripen, the sweeter they will taste!

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