Fried Plantains are a delicious snack or side dish to your African cooking. They are crispy on the outside and soft and sweet on the inside. They are a tasty snack that can be made in a few minutes.
I love to eat fried plantains by themselves right after frying or as a side to Jollof rice.
Why Fried Plantains?
My sister and I have been trying over the last few years to learn more about our West African heritage. I have been trying to learn how to make more cultural dishes with the ingredients I can find here in America, and one of those dishes is fried plantains.
Fried plantains are eaten a lot in West and Central Africa.
They can be readily found in your local grocery store and I love that I can eat a part of Africa all the time!
I am not a huge fan of the taste of bananas, but I find that plantains have a much more muted banana taste that is absolutely delicious!
What are Plantains?
Plantains are a cooking banana. They are generally longer and more starchy than regular bananas and have a firmer texture.
Their muted banana flavor and starchiness allows them to be used in a variety of ways, such as boiling, frying, mashing, or inside of baked goods.
If you are not a fan of the taste of bananas you might like the taste of plantains better!
Plantains can be eaten ripe or unripe and are popular in the Caribbean, West and Central Africa, and Southeast Asia.
How to Pick a Ripe Plantain for Frying?
The best plantains for frying are the ones that are yellow but almost completely black or have a whole bunch of spots.
Unripe plantains are a muted green color, with no spots, and are very hard to the touch.
Look for plantains that are black or have many spots and are very soft when gently pressed.
How to Fry Plantains?
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Making fried plantains is very easy!
First, cut the ends off the plantains. Make a shallow cut in the skin lengthwise, and peel off the skin.
Cut the plantains diagonally. I find that it looks nice this way, and provides more surface area for the plantains to get crispy.
Fry the plantains in a few tablespoons of vegetable oil/ghee in a cast-iron skillet until both sides are nicely golden brown and crispy!
I love to use cast iron skillets for almost all my cooking. I link the one I love to use!
You might have to fry the plantains in batches, just place the cooked ones on a paper towel-lined plate while you are frying the rest!
They are best served hot, Enjoy!
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West African Fried Plantains
- Prep Time: 2 minutes
- Cook Time: 5 minutes
- Total Time: 7 minutes
- Yield: 2 1x
- Category: Side Dish, Snack
- Cuisine: African
Fried Plantains are a delicious snack or side dish to your African cooking.
- 1 - 2 ripe plantains
- 2 - 3 tablespoon vegetable oil/ ghee
- Cut the ends off the ripe plantains. Then make a shallow slit in the skin down the length of the plantain.
- Cut the plantain on a diagonal in ½ inch chunks.
- Heat a cast-iron skillet with 2 - 3 tablespoon of vegetable oil/ ghee.
- Fry the plantains on both sides until golden brown, 3 - 5 minutes per side.
- Place them on a paper towel. Enjoy!
Cold plantains are not as good, serve immediately!
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