Plantain fries are a Caribbean twist on traditional french fries. They are crispy, salty, and every plantain lovers dream! And the way you make them isn’t too different from making tostones.

The first time I ever had green plantains in the form of a french fry I was in Guayana and I instantly fell in love with it! It kinda opened my eyes to how creative you can get with a platano, and since then I’ve experimented with plantain empanadas, plantain tacos, and plantain waffles.

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Ingredients you’ll need

  • Green plantain. Be sure to use unripe, green plantains to get the same results.
  • Frying oil. Vegetable oil, corn oil, and canola oil all work.
  • Salt. Essential seasoning that brings out the natural flavors of the green plantain.

Step by step instructions

  • Cut off both ends of the plantain then make a shallow slice along the length of the plantain, from end to end, on each edge.
  • Peel the plantain by pulling the skin away from the flesh. Use your fingers or a knife to help loosen the skin if needed.
  • Cut the plantain in half lengthwise. Take each half and cut them in half again lengthwise, so you have four quarters.
  • Cut each quarter in half and then into thin strips, or fries, by slicing them lengthwise.
  • Heat oil in a pan over medium heat until hot. Carefully place the plantain fries into the hot oil, making sure not to overcrowd the pan.
  • Fry the plantain fries until golden brown and crispy, or about 5-6 minutes, flipping them halfway through to ensure even cooking.
  • Remove the fries from the oil and place them on a plate lined with paper towels to drain any excess oil.
  • Sprinkle with salt and serve hot with a side of pink sauce. Buen provecho!

Recipe tips and tricks

  • Cut the plantains into fries that are all about the same size for even cooking.
  • Don’t overcrowd the frying pan. Cooking too many fries at once can make the oil temperature drop, resulting in soggy fries.
  • Fry plantain fries until golden brown but avoid overcooking to prevent them from becoming too hard.
  • Sprinkle the plantain fries with salt immediately after cooking. This way, the salt sticks to them while they’re still hot.

Servings tips

Common questions

Can you bake the plantain fries instead of frying them?

Yes, plantain fries can be baked although they may not get as crispy as when fried. Bake the fries with a sprinkle of salt and a drizzle of oil at 425°F for 10-15 minutes, or until golden brown.

Can you use ripe plantains?

Yes you can, but ripe plantains will make sweeter and softer fries. They will still be super delicious!

Plantain Fries

Plantain Fries

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Try this Caribbean twist on traditional french fries with crispy and salty plantain fries. A plantain lovers dream!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Caribbean
Servings 16 fries

Ingredients
  

  • 1 green plantain
  • Frying oil
  • Salt to taste

Instructions
 

  • Cut off both ends of the plantain then make a shallow slice along the length of the plantain, from end to end, on each edge. Peel the plantain by pulling the skin away from the flesh. Use your fingers or a knife to help loosen the skin if needed.
  • Cut the plantain in half lengthwise. Take each half and cut them in half again lengthwise, so you have four quarters. Cut each quarter in half and then into thin strips, or fries, by slicing them lengthwise.
  • Heat oil in a pan over medium heat until hot. Carefully place the plantain fries into the hot oil, making sure not to overcrowd the pan.
  • Fry the plantain fries until golden brown and crispy, or about 5-6 minutes, flipping them halfway through to ensure even cooking.
  • Remove the fries from the oil and place them on a plate lined with paper towels to drain any excess oil. Sprinkle with salt and serve hot with a side of pink sauce. Buen provecho!
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