These pan fried plantains also called sweet plantains are super easy to make and seriously delicious. Made with just 3 ingredients, these fried ripe plantains are sure to become one of your favorite recipes.
When it comes to easy delicious recipes, sweet plantains always comes to mind. They’re something that my family truly enjoys and with good reason too!
Popular in Latin, Caribbean and African cuisines, these sweet treats are the perfect way to enjoy bland plantains on a vegan lifestyle.
They’re a great snack, as well as a great side dish that you can make with minimal cookware and just 15 minutes or less!
What is the difference between plantains and bananas?
The two are very easily mistaken as they come from the same family. In fact, plantains are a sub group of bananas often referred to as ‘cooking bananas’ with a few distinct differences. Here are the main difference between bananas and plantains:
- Ripe plantains are starchier: Ripe plantains are starchier than ripe bananas and so they’re almost never eaten raw. Ripe bananas on the other hand are a lot less starchy and are often eaten raw.
- Not as sweet: Ripe plantains are less sweet than ripe bananas.
- Cooking: While both plantains and bananas are fruits, plantains are treated differently in cooking preparations. Therefore, they must be boiled, fried, sautéd or air fried before they can be eaten. On the other hand, bananas can be consumed as is.
Ingredients to make fried ripe plantains
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 4 ripe (yellow) plantains
- 1/4 tsp salt (optional to sprinkle on the plantains once fried)
How to cut ripe plantains
Peel the plantain. Then lay it on a chopping board and slice the plantains at an angle making sure each plantain slice is about 2 cm thick.
Continue this process until the entire plantain has been cut.
How to make fried plantains
Gather all of the ingredients and heat the oil in a skillet on medium.
Then slice along the side of each plantain and peel off the skin.
Then chop each plantain horizontally in 2 cm pieces. Next place about 12 pieces of sweet plantain into the heated oil for and cook for 2-3 minutes on each side.
Once cooked, remove from the heat and drain on a plate covered with paper towels or newspapers.
Plate and serve with your favorite dip.
Tips & tricks for cooking sweet plantains
- Do not add too many pieces into the heated oil at once as this will bring down the temperature of the oil due to crowding. It is advisable to fry the plantains in smaller batches. I cook my plantains in batches of 12 pieces at a time so the oil remains hot throughout the cooking time for the best results. That way, my fried plantains do not soak up a ton of oil and become soggy and oily.
- Cook for 1 extra minute if you like your plantains to be super golden.
- Also, cook for 1 minute less if you enjoy lighter colored fried plantains.
What to serve with fried plantains
Serve these with a dip of your choice including a ranch dressing with lemon juice, or plain sour cream.
You can also swerve these with rice and beans for a satisfying vegan lunch or dinner!
How to store sweet plantains
Store: To store place these in an an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.
Freeze: Place in an air tight freezer safe container and freeze for up 2 months.
More easy vegan recipes
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 4 ripe (yellow) plantains
- 1/4 tsp salt (optional)
- Gather all of the ingredients and heat the oil in a skillet on medium.
- Then slice along the side or ridge of each plantain and peel off the skin.
- Then chop each plantain horizontally in 2 cm pieces. Next place about 12 pieces of sweet plantain into the heated oil for and cook for 2-3 minutes on each side.
- Once cooked, remove from the heat and drain on a plate covered with paper towels or newspaper.
- Plate and serve with your favorite dip.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 562Total Fat: 37gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 202mgCarbohydrates: 63gFiber: 4.5gSugar: 30gProtein: 2.8g