Crispy, caramelized and easy-t0-make, these Fried Sweet Plantains are the best side dish. Pair them with a savory meal to make the best sweet and savory combination. They’re also delicious served on their own as a naturally sweet treat.
Prep Time:5 minutes
Cook Time:10 minutes
Total Time:15 minutes
2 ripe plantains (see note)
2–3 tablespoons oil
Flaky sea salt
Ground cinnamon (optional)
Peel the plantains, by carefully cutting through the skin lengthwise and then opening the peel up (instead of peeling the peel down like you would a banana).
Slice the plantains on a diagonal into ¼” pieces.
Using a heavy-bottomed pan heat just enough oil to coat the bottom of the pan over medium-high heat. Once the oil is hot, add the plantains one by one leaving a little bit of space in between each piece. Fry for 2-3 minutes, or until golden brown, and then flip.
Transfer the fried plantains to a paper towel to drain, and repeat the process with remaining plantains, adding more oil if necessary.
Sprinkle fried plantains with flaky sea salt and optional cinnamon. Serve immediately.
Ripe plantains will be yellow with brown or black splotches on them. If you can only find green plantains at the store, bring them home and store them in a brown paper bag until they fully ripen.
A well-seasoned cast iron skillet works well here. Or a heavy non-stick skillet works too.