I love fried green plantains. The ripe ones not so much, though I think that’s mostly a result of having eaten more than my weight in plantains during my life time. There are three (3) common ways that Caribbean islanders prepare green plantains. Tostones also called pressed or twice fried plantains are a popular Spanish variation. Plantain chips are thinly sliced fried green plantains. Plantain chips are a favorite Caribbean snack that can be found where ever tropical foods are sold. Another popular variation is to cut green plantains into chunks about ½ inch thick and fry them up to be served as a side with meat and gravy.
To make Soft Fried plantain; green plantains cut into chunky slices and deep fry for about 5 minutes over medium- hign heat until soft in the center. Serve with meat and gravy as a side dish or enjoy alone as a quick snack.
To make Plantain Chips; green plantains, thinly sliced and fried until crispy. Usually eaten as a snack or served as a finger food at parties. Add a clove of garlic or some hot pepper to the oil when frying for added flavor.
5 minPrep Time
5 minCook Time
10 minTotal Time
- FRIED GREEN PLANTAINS
- 1 medium plantain
- ½ tsp salt
- 1c. Oil (vegetable, peanut, or canola)
Peel and slice plantains to desired thickness . Toss with salt in small bowl. Heat oil in small skillet, over medium- high heat for about 5 minutes before adding plantains. Fry until golden. Remove from oil with large slotted spoon and put on paper towels to drain.