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Fried Sweet Plantain

Fried Sweet Plantain

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Fried Sweet Plantain

  • Author: Kiano Moju
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 10 min
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Snacks & Sides
  • Method: Shallow-Fry

Description

Whether you slice them into circles, strips, cubes or diagonal (our favorite), fried plantain hit both sweet and salty notes, and is ready in minutes!


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Ingredients

1 very ripe sweet plantain

Neutral oil for frying (sunflower or canal work fine)

Salt, to taste


Instructions

  1. Peel and slice the plantain into your desired shape. I recommend diagonal slices 1/4 inch thick.
  2. In a medium sized skillet, heat 1/4 inch of oil over medium heat.
  3. Once oil is hot, add in one plantain to test the temperature. There should be gentle bubbles around the plantain. If the oil is smoking or it browns too quickly, lower the heat to medium-low. 
  4. Fry the remaining plantain slices in the oil, turning once golden brown, about 2-3 minutes each side. 
  5. Remove cooked plantain and place on a plate lined with a paper towel to drain any excess oil. 
  6. Season with salt. Enjoy on their own, or as a side.

 


Notes

When cooking a sweet plantain, you want to cook it when they’re very ripe, much further than you want a snacking banana. So no need to stress is you see your plantains getting a lot of spots, they’re only going to be more delicious!

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Kiano Moju is the editor and founder of Jikoni. She has created and hosted cooking videos for several publications. Her culinary education began at age 7, taking cooking classes in her native California and spending summers on her family's Maasai ranch in the mountains of Kenya.

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