I think of maduros fritos as tostones sweeter twin sister. Even though both made with plantains, fried sweet plantains are made with a ripened platano and are soft and caramelized, bringing their own unique flavor to any Dominican dish.

If this is your first time making maduros at home, follow my instructions and I promise you’ll make them like a pro on your first try!

And since platano maduros are a bit heartier than tostones, they go particularly well with one pot recipes like locrios or arroz con pollo.

Which plantains do you use for maduros

You have to find plantains that are specifically named as “sweet plantains.” Unripe, green plantains won’t work for this recipe and they also won’t ripen correctly to make maduros.

A sweet plantain is yellow with black marks along the peel, and it’s perfect to use when it is slightly soft to the touch but still has some yellow spots. When a platano becomes completely black and ripens, it’s texture and taste changes.

And although that’s exactly how my mom likes to eat them, it’s just not the same as the original!

How to cut ripe plantains for frying

The secret is to cut the plantains diagonally and thinly. This increases the surface area so they soften nicely the sugars in the plantains caramelize quicker.

Platanos Maduros Fritos (Fried Sweet Plantains)

Platanos Maduros Fritos (Fried Sweet Plantains)

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Platanos maduros fritos are caramelized sweet fried plantains that bring a unique flavor to all Dominican dishes.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes
Course Acompañamiento, Side Dish
Cuisine Dominican
Servings 12 maduros

Ingredients
  

  • 1 ripe plantain
  • Frying Oil

Instructions
 

  • Peel the plantain and cut diagonally into even pieces, approximately ¼ to ½ inch thick.
  • Heat oil in a pan over low to medium heat until it reaches frying temperature and carefully add the plantain pieces to the hot oil, making sure not overcrowded in the pan.
  • Fry the plantains on both sides until they turn golden brown. The longer they cook, the more they will caramelize.
  • Remove the maduros from the pan and place them on a paper towel-lined plate to absorb any excess oil. Serve hot y buen provecho!
Keyword Plantain
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