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Posted by on Nov 14, 2012 in Breakfast/Brunch, Desserts, Easy, Sides, Snacks | 28 comments

Fried Plantains

Fried Plantains

Fried Plantains by My Invisible Crown

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.

Rip e Plantains~My Invisible Crown

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.

Fried Plantains by My Invisible Crown

Fried Plantains


  • 2 very ripe plantains
  • 2 tablespoons butter


  1. Peel the plantains.
  2. Cut in thirds and slice down the middle.
  3. Melt butter in large saucepan over medium high heat.
  4. Add plantains making sure they stay in a single layer and cook until dark brown.
  5. Flip and repeat.
  6. 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.



    • Did you know how easy they were? I mean I never thought they were super difficult but I assumed they had sugar and cinnamon among other things. Nope. Butter. That’s it!

  1. I just fell in love with plantains – first try in chip form and last night in an wonton wrapper and baked at a foodie event. I might use your recipe to incorporate into my own wonton version of last night’s treat!
    Sarah Z recently posted..Wauk Wednesday: Matteo’s Italian RistoranteMy Profile

    • That sounds awesome! I know I keep saying this but I had no idea how easy they were!

  2. Christy, your plantains are perfect. Fried plantains are a staple in many Jamaican homes. My mother believes that a meal isn’t complete without fried plantains! I for one will have them fried, boiled or roasted. My little picky eater loves plantains too and that makes me happy 🙂 Your photographs are beautiful!
    Lyn @lovelypantry recently posted..Parmesan Quinoa & Pine Nut Muffins for #MuffinMondayMy Profile

    • One of my best friends’ boyfriend is from the Dominican Republic and I think it’s very common to eat them as a staple. I wish that was the way, here. I will for sure start to make them more for us. Thanks Lyn! I appreciate you stopping by! 🙂

  3. Hi! I popped over from Tartlette! I love the name of your blog. I had a hair stylist who told me once that she and her sister gave themselves those sweet tiaras that you get at Claire’s because “Every so often you have a bad day and want to go home and put on a crown!” My husband stuffed my stocking for Christmas that year after hearing that. Your fried plantains look great…and let me know if you end up going to FB South. I’ll be there!
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    • Thanks you! It does conjure up a good visual I think. That’s why I chose it! I am going to miss FBS since I’ve already purchased my Alt Summit ticket but I have a friend going. Her blog is

  4. I LOVE WHOLE FOODS! I can also spend just hours in that place. I’ve always been a bit intimidated by plantains but these look so great (and easy)!

    Strive to Thrive,

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    • Probably the easiest thing I’ve ever made! You should try them.

  5. I first tried fried plantains when I traveled to Ecuador a few years ago. I had never had them before and absolutely loved them! I didn’t realize they were so easy to make. I’ll have to try your recipe soon!

    • Neither did ! but what could be easier? Thanks for stopping by!!

  6. Thanks for sharing this! I have always wanted to try plantains, and now I know how!
    Columba Lisa recently posted..Easy BibMy Profile

    • You’re very welcome! Thanks for stopping by!!

  7. So easy and they look delicious. I don’t even know if we have plantains around here. I’ll be on the lookout now.
    Barbara recently posted..Let’s talk Christmas…My Profile

    • I’m not sure where you’re located but if you have a Whole Foods, you have them. They’re definitely worth a little digging!

  8. You had me at plantains. Do you know, this is probably the NUMBER ONE thing I miss living much of the year in the Middle East??? Actually, strike that, Cuban and Puerto Rican food of any kind is the number one thing I miss!!! I’m about to print the picture and have myself a little snack…. 🙂
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    • Oh I am sure it’s difficult being somewhere that has such a different culture in food. At least it gives you something to look forward to?

    • Please do and stop back by and let me know what you thought?

  9. There were plantains everywhere in africa… mostly dried though. However, I still prefer bananas- but maybe that is because the only plantains I tasted were in Africa? Who knows? how about fried plantains with chocolate sauce? 🙂
    Gina recently posted..Warriors in Pink Stand Up to CancerMy Profile

    • Oh WOW! How did I not think of that?? I’v had them at restaurants and loved them just the way they are. They’re so similar to bananas you almost can’t taste the different but chocolate would be amazing! Oh and peanut butter!!

  10. Since these are so easy, you can invite me over:). i think I have seen these at WalMart on occasion. I think I’ll try them. I’m really enjoying your blog. The pictures are great.

    • Have you ever had them? They are so good!!

    • It’s probably a little of both!! 🙂

  11. I want to try this recipe too!! I wish you lived near me. I would pay for your leftovers 🙂
    Jaime Huffman recently posted..Five Random Facts!My Profile

    • Both recipes you picked are so super easy!!!

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