Fried Ripe Plantains, the Ultimate Caribbean Snack

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You’ve likely seen a plantain before; although, you might not have recognized it as one — they look similar to bananas and are a relative. They’re larger than bananas in size and have thicker skin. But this delicious, starchy fruit deserves to be in your kitchen on its own merits.

Plantains are less sweet yet starchier than bananas. They’re full of vitamins, especially vitamins A and C. They’re also loaded with potassium and are high in fiber, keeping your digestion system running, ahem, smoothly.

If you’re ready to add plantains to your menu but aren’t sure how, you’re in luck. My fried plantains recipe is super simple and so tasty. It makes an excellent side or a quick snack.

What Are Fried Plantains?

Plantains are commonly enjoyed in the Caribbean islands and Latin America. They’re enjoyed at almost any time — as a snack, alongside your meal or for dessert. While this fried plantains recipe is already naturally sweet, if you’re craving an even sweeter treat, you can adapt this recipe to include a bit of coconut sugar, which will create a caramelization on the outside of the plantain slices.

Once you eat caramelized or fried plantains, you won’t want to stop. The best part is you can enjoy this tropical dish in the comfort of your own home … but you’ll feel like you’re on a beach in Jamaica.

How to Make Fried Plantains

Here’s how to fry plantains. First, make sure you wait until the plantains are ripe, when the peels are mottled yellow and black.

Start by heating a tablespoon of coconut oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. While it warms up, diagonally slice the plantains crosswise about a half-inch thick.

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