In Memory Of Karen Nicole Smith, 1972 - 2016

The simplicity and splendor of fry plantains.

how to fry plantainDad it’s getting black! Yup that’s what I heard the last 2 times I purchased plantains with the intention of sharing the simple recipe for fry plantains. I grew up eating fry plantains as a side to many dishes, but my absolute favourite was making sandwiches with these as the filler. I still recall my mom waiting just until the plantains would be so ripe they’d be very close to going black before she cook them. We were told that the more ripe (or quale) they went, the more sweet they would be. So this is exactly what I was trying to achieve, except with my rather busy schedule I tend to forget about them. Not until one of our girls point them out or when those pesky fruit flies appears, do I remember what I was trying to achieve.

For best results allow your ripe plantains to go a bit dark (it will look discoloured) before frying. In the pic below you’ll notice that the plantains I used were ripe, but were only just starting to go “quale” or discoloured.

You’ll Need..

1-2 ripe plantains
1-2 cups of vegetable oil for frying.
salt – optional
brown sugar – optional

trinidad fry plantain

Start by peeling the plantains. Do so by cutting off the ends and then cutting the plantain itself in the middle (as in the picture below).Discard the ends and get ready to peel off the skin and slice for frying.

fry plantain

Then using a small knife, cut through the skin along the length of the 2 pieces. Don’t go too deep as you only want to cut through the skin. Then peel back the skin and discard. Now cut thin strips (about 1/2 cm or little less than 1/4 inch) along the length of the piece of plantain.

how to peel plantain

sliced plantain for frying

The final step is to fry the pieces of sliced plantain. Heat the oil in a frying pan and gently place the pieces away from you to avoid hot oil splashing onto you. Allow to cook for about 5-7 minutes on each side (medium heat) or until it gets to the colour you like (use a fork to flip them over). The darker you allow it to go, it seems to also enhance the natural sugars in it. You’ll also notice that it floats when cooked through.

This is not a dish for the health conscious, since even though you pat dry on paper towels, the plantain tends to soak up a lot of the oil.

trini fry plantain

trinidad fry plantain recipe

I usually sprinkle a little salt over mine and I know people who does the same with brown sugar… but you can enjoy these just the way they are when they cool a bit.

If you’ve ever purchased a rice dish at a Caribbean restaurant in North America you should have come across fried plantains served on the side. The Jamaican spot where I go for my jerk chicken with rice and peas, knows to give me a good potion of fry plantains with my takeout order.

Remember to leave me your comments below.

Happy Cooking.

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  1. Sonnia
    August 15, 2018 / 12:06 pm

    Hi Chris , This is one of my favorites. I fry it green or ripe and eat it anytime. Simply awesome.

  2. Fazia Zaman
    June 12, 2018 / 10:02 am


    I wanted to fry plantain, however i am confused which plantain is the right to pick. Ripe and green plantain makes me confused. How can I tell which plantain? Any advise or suggestion?

    • Sonnia
      August 15, 2018 / 12:17 pm

      Hi ,They can be fried ripe or green. The green ones I cut a bit thinner and fry crisp so it’s like chips. You can try frying them at different stages of ripeness until you decide which you like best. They are all tasty.

  3. July 4, 2015 / 11:45 pm

    Fry plantain, buljol and coconut bake on Sunday morning is a feast to behold
    Keep it coming

  4. Rikki
    January 12, 2015 / 3:36 pm

    Hey Chris:

    Thank you for sharing yet another fabulous recipe of yours. I love me some Plantains but I do not like Bananas. Weird, isn’t it!

    I tried & tried to figure out how to make these & “NOW” I can say that I finally got it! The problem that I was having was that I was not letting the Plantain get really ripe πŸ™‚

    I finally made them but I cut them in circles rather than long ways. They were so delicious that I could not stop eating them!!

    As for as how they serve them in the Unite States (Cincinnati, Ohio) with the Jerk Chicken, Rice & Peas, you are right, they do serve Plantains on the side and like you, I have to ask for an extra serving πŸ™‚

    I love me some Caribbean Food & I truly appreciate you sharing your wonderful recipes.

    One Luv :)…Rikki S.

    • December 14, 2015 / 1:17 am

      Rikki, you say you don’t like bananas, I hate ripe ones too, but have you tried boiling green bananas & crushing them in butter ? Just like mashed potatoe’s. Yummy Man !!

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