I love Fried Plantains. I’ve never bought plantains before until recently. You see, when I feel like I need inspiration I just go to Whole Foods. I can spend an embarasing amount of time in that store. I absolutely love it and I find so many things every single time I go. This time, among other things, I found these plantains.
I had no idea how easy they were to make! Did you know there’s only one ingredient besides the plantains themselves? Whoa! I know! They’re also full of fiber, calcium, vitamin c…what could be better?
The only thing you really need to know is that you need to make sure they are completely ripe first. The ones I bought were a little green so I put them on the counter and waited. It took a good week or more. They really need to be almost black.
All I did was peel them, cut them in thirds and slice down the middle. Add some butter to a large saucepan, add the plantains and cook until golden brown on both sides. The color is so rich it’s hard to believe nothing besides butter is added. I didn’t even adjust these pictures any. This is their real color. They’re naturally sweet so the sugar in the plantains caramelizes and leaves a slight crispiness on the outside and tender sweet flesh on the inside. I’m in love.
- 2 very ripe plantains
- 2 tablespoons butter
- Peel the plantains.
- Cut in thirds and slice down the middle.
- Melt butter in large saucepan over medium high heat.
- Add plantains making sure they stay in a single layer and cook until dark brown.
- Flip and repeat.
- Serve warm.
These Fried Plantains are so versatile, too. You could serve them as a side with a pork entree and black beans or like I did for breakfast or even a quick snack.