Green Banana Dumplings Recipe

Is Green Banana dumpling a Jamaican/ Caribbean food? Maybe it’s a ‘country ting’ a description reserved for things found only in the Jamaican countryside. I have no idea. All I know is that one of my favourite relative would make such a delicious meal of brown stewed fish with green banana dumplings that I would request it before visiting her house.

banana dumpling with braised oxtail

Green bananas are as much a part of Caribbean cuisine as boiled dumplings are. Combine the 2 and you have a guaranteed winner. A recent question from a blog reader prompted me to post a recipe. To satisfy my cravings, I eventually began making my own dumplings and fish but the memory lives on. The recipe is below.  

Peeling green bananas is a cinch. Simply run a knife lengthwise along the spines (the ridges) of the bananas. Then use your fingers to push the skin away from the flesh. For a quick 90-second how -to video to click here
grating green bananas

This is the old-fashioned way to grate green bananas. If you do not own a grater or you just don’t want to risk your fingers a food processor works just as well. I on the other hand am old-fashioned so I have never owner a food processor. Plus a grater’s quicker and easier to clean.

depending on the size and starchiness of the bananas you may not need to add any water to the dough. Combine and knead all the ingredients except water . Slowly add the water to the dough as needed. The finished dough should be firm but soft and easily pulled, like other boiled dumpling dough. To make banana dumplings you can use all-purpose or whole wheat flour. Either way the loads of potassium, Vitamins B6 and C green bananas give this Caribbean staple a nutritional boost

mix flour with grated green bananas
banana dumpling dough

Banana Dumpling Recipe


  • 2 C. flour (all purpose or whole wheat)
  • 2 green bananas peeled and grated
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¼ C. cold water
  1. In a saucepan bring 4 cups of water and 1 teaspoon salt to a boil while you knead the dough. Combine all ingredients except water in a clean bowl. knead until dough is firm. If needed Slowly add water while stirring with a tablespoon. After water is fully absorbed use your hands to knead dough until it is firm and ‘elasticky‘ like shown. Tear dough into even pieces and knead each into round discs.If dough is sticky add flour 1 TB at a time. If too dry add water 1 tsp at a time. Add dumplings to boiling water and cook for 12 to 15 minutes
Brown stew fish with green banana dumplings.
Brown stew fish with green banana dumplings.

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