Fried Plantain recipe – is super simple and so delicious, and it makes an excellent side dish or a quick snack.  The first time I tried fried plantain, I hated it!!!  At that moment I was so sure, plantain would never make it on the list of my favorite foods. But shortly afterward; I fell in love with plantain.  In short, ripe fried plantain is one of my favorite foods, especially when paired with grilled fish and some West African pepper sauce.  Yummy!!!


ripe fried plantain


Difference between Plantains and Bananas

If you have never seen plantains before, you would probably mistake them for bananas.  That’s because Plantains are a member of the banana family. They are a starchy variety that’s unsuitable for raw consumption.

Plantains are used in many savory dishes mainly in Western Africa and the Caribbean countries. It is usually fried or baked. Plantains are low in sugar compared to bananas, and when cooked they don’t crumble as ripe bananas would.


Where to find Plantains

Plantains grow in tropical countries from Central and South America to the Caribbean, Africa, and Southeast Asia. But if you live in Europe or North America, you can easily find plantains in the Asian and Afro Shops.


Serving Idea

Fried plantain is so delicious whether served hot or cold, and they reheat perfectly in the oven, skillet or microwave.

Try serving them alongside spicy grilled fish or chicken or on its own as a snack.


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Plantain is healthy for you.

Plantains are an excellent source of vitamin C; this vitamin acts as an antioxidant and helps build up your immune system.  They are also loaded full of Vitamin A and B-6, and magnesium. Not to mention potassium and fiber that is mandatory for a healthy digestive system.


Things you’ll need

  • 2 ripe plantains
  • 5 tablespoon olive oil (or any other cooking oil of choice)
  • Sea salt to taste (optional)

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How to make ripe fried plantain

Start by heating the olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat.  Meanwhile, diagonally slice the plantains about a half-inch thick.

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Add the plantains to the pan. Let the slices cook for 3 – 4 minutes on both sides.  Season with sea salt.  That’s it!!

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Recipe Notes

Use ripe Plantains for this recipe.

The slices shouldn’t be too thin or too thick otherwise the plantains will burn quickly or brown while the middle stays raw.



5 from 5 votes
fried plantain
Fried Plantain Recipe
Prep Time
2 mins
Cook Time
8 mins
Total Time
10 mins

Fried Plantain recipe - is super simple and so delicious, and it makes an excellent side dish or a quick snack. 

Course: Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: African, Carribean
Servings: 2 Servings
Author: Jayne Rain
  • 2 ripe Plantains
  • 5 tbsp Olive oil (or any other cooking oil)
  • Sea salt to taste (optional)
  1. Heat a large skillet over medium-low heat.

  2. Meanwhile, peel and diagonally slice the plantains into 1/2-inch slices.

  3. Add the olive oil to the heated pan, allowing it to melt.

  4. Add the plantains to the pan.

  5. Allow plantains to cook for 3 to 4 minutes. Flip and let cook for another 3 minutes.

  6. Season with sea salt.  That's it.

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