Fried Green Plantain

A delightful appetizer in every Cuban restaurant, you can easily make this dish at home for a crunchy, delicious treat.

Serving size

¼ recipe

Makes

4 servings

Prep time: 10min
Cook time: 10min
Total: 20min

Ingredients

1 medium (267 grams) green plantain, peeled

½ cup olive oil (most will be leftover)

1 chili pepper, chopped

 

Special Equipment

Tongs

Vegetable peeler

Nutrition Info

Makes: 4 servings  Serving size: ¼ recipe

Calories

161

Fat

7 g

Saturated Fat

1 g

Trans Fat

0 g

Cholesterol

0 mg

Carbohydrate

24 g

Sugar

1 g

Fiber

1 g

Protein

1 g

Sodium

1 mg

Calcium

1 mg

Phosphorus

20 mg

Potassium

287 mg

Instructions

  1. Trim the plantain’s ends and cut in half for a more manageable size.
  2. Peel each half by turning it upright and slicing off the skin with a sharp knife.
  3. Cut the peeled plantains into long, thin slices using a vegetable peeler.
  4. Heat the oil over medium heat in a small skillet or in a deep fryer. Add the chili pepper to flavor the oil.
  5. Test the oil with a small piece of plantain; when it sizzles, the oil is ready.
  6. Fry the plantain slices in batches, a few at a time, until crispy and slightly golden; about 2 minutes. Do not crowd the pan.
  7. Turn them over with tongs to fry evenly.
  8. Transfer fried plantains to a plate lined with a paper towel to absorb excess oil.
  9. Arrange crispy plantains on a small platter. Serve them with your favorite sauce or enjoy them plain.
Recipe Contributed by FamilyCook Productions

Keep the leftover oil in a glass or stainless-steel jar for reusing.