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Island Fried Plantain
Island Fried Plantain
Island Fried Plantain
Island Fried Plantain
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Main Ingredients FruitVegetables
Course Appetizer
Preparation Method Fried
Difficulty Quick and Easy
Prep Time 15 Minutes
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Keys To Success You'll know your plantain is ripe when it turns dark brown almost black.
Fry in a healthy oil like coconut oil.

Plantains are a member of the banana family, but are lower in sugar content, starchier and tend to be used more like a vegetable than a fruit.    When sliced and fried, these "vegetable-bananas" make a great appetizer.

Plantains are Highly Nutritious and are a good source of Fiber, Potassium and Vitamins A & C.  Unlike Bananas which are eaten raw, plantains need to be cooked or processed.  In the Caribbean, Latin America and Africa, plantains are used as a vegetable in many savory recipes.

Plantains are sold in the fresh produce section of the supermarket.  They are longer than bananas and have much thicker skins. When allowed to ripen to an almost black color, they will become sweeter and less starchy.


Ripe plantains, sliced ½” thick
Coconut oil
Salt / Pepper


  • Heat coconut oil in skillet on medium high heat.
  • Place cut plantain slices in the oil and fry for about 2 minutes. Flip over and fry the other side for 1 minute.
  • While still frying take a spoon (or similar) and mash each plantain somewhat flat, fry for 1
    more minute.
  • Remove from skillet and place all the plantains on a thick layer of paper towels.
  • With another layer of paper towels in hand, press to flatten and remove excess oil.
  • Add Salt and Pepper to taste

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