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Sweet Fried Plantains

These Sweet Fried Plantains were crispy on the outside, soft inside, and the flavor was perfect! The trick to good plantains is to let them get all the way ripe; which is a lot of black on the skin, that’s when they are the sweetest.

Slices of Sweet Fried Plantains being fried in a non-stick skillet.

First of all these are not bananas, they are plantains. They are very healthy, the fiber and starch found in plantains are complex carbs, and they are high in antioxidants. plantains are very popular from Central and South America to the Caribbean, Africa, and Southeast Asia. If they’re not available at your local grocery store you can find them at a Latin or Asian grocery store.

We’re lucky enough to have a Global Market across town, but I have seen them at Walmart and other grocery stores too, just not in large quantities. It’s worth asking, they might be there and you just thought they were funny looking bananas. The peel is thicker and they’re normally way larger than your average banana and not in bunches like bananas.

We were having a Jamaican theme dinner with Ziggy Marley’s Jerk Chicken and Jamaican Style Greens so Sweet Fried Plantains was a perfect addition, also known as Maduros or tostones.

We first saw these many years ago watching Triple D with Guy Fieri.

We love exploring the world through food and different recipes represent a whole new world of flavors we’re not familiar with, but appreciate getting to know what it’s like there without the ability to travel around the world, we can understand each other a little better.

Sweet Fried Plantains on a white plate with blue trim. There is a spoon smashing one of the plantains.

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Prepared Sweet Fried Plantains resting on a wire rack to drain their oil.


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Sweet Fried Plantains

Sweet Fried Plantains

Yield: 2 Servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

These Sweet Fried Plantains were crispy on the outside, soft inside, and the flavor was perfect! The trick to good plantains is to let them get all the way ripe; which is a lot of black on the skin, that's when they are the sweetest.


  • 1 large plantain
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter
  • 2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
  • 2 Teaspoons Cinnamon


  1. Cut the ends off the plantain and make a slice all the way down the peel to remove. Cut plantain on an angle about pieces about 1/2 inch thick.
  2. Heat Olive oil and butter on medium high to a sizzle, place plantain slices in the the skillet, cook 5 minutes on one side and flip to cook about 3 minutes on the other side.
  3. Sprinkle brown sugar and cinnamon on a plate. Transfer plantain atop sugar cinnamon mixture. Gently smash plantains with the back of spoon into the brown sugar cinnamon mixture, flip to coat the other side and return to skillet for 1–2 minutes per side.
  4. Let cool on rack with paper towels on a plate for a moment.
Nutrition Information
Yield 2 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 449Total Fat 25gSaturated Fat 9gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 15gCholesterol 31mgSodium 103mgCarbohydrates 61gFiber 5gSugar 32gProtein 1g

Nutrition data was provided and calculated by Nutritionix, and should only be used as a general guideline. This information is provided as a courtesy and there is no guarantee that the information will be completely accurate.

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Prepared Sweet Fried Plantains piled up on a small white plate.

A plantain that has been cut into slices.

A white plate that has Jamaican greens, white rice, jerk chicken, and Sweet Fried Plantains.

Fried Sweet Plantains
Jamaican Style Greens
Ziggy Marley’s Jerk Chicken


Sweet Fried Plantains


Friday 19th of July 2019

I drizzle mine with honey and fresh ginger grated on top !


Friday 19th of July 2019

That sounds pretty good, and may be something that we try next time we make up a batch!

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