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Sweet Plantains (4 Different Ways)

Whether you prefer the a traditional fried plantain, a health-conscious air-fried or oven baked plantain, or the swift microwaved version, there's a sweet plantain recipe to suit every palate and occasion. 

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  • Total Time: 7 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings for each method 1x

Ingredients

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Fried Plantains

  • 1 ripe plantain (with mostly blackened skin; peeled and sliced)
  • vegetable oil (coconut oil, avocado oil, or canola oil)
  • salt (optional)

Air Fried Plantains

  • 1 ripe plantain (peeled and sliced)
  • oil spray (optional)

Microwaved Plantains

  • 1 ripe plantain (peeled, leave whole; mostly dark skin)

Baked Plantains

  • 1 ripe plantain (peeled and sliced)
  • 1 tablespoon melted vegan butter (alternatively, use oil spray)
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • pinch nutmeg
  • pinch salt

Instructions

Fried Plantain Instructions

  1. Peel and cut: Peel and cut the plantain diagonally into ¼ to ½ inch thick slices.
  2. Prepare the pan: Pour enough oil into a skillet or frying pan to cover the bottom. Heat it over medium-high heat until it's hot but not smoking. You want enough oil to coat the plantains but not drown them.
  3. Fry: Once the oil is hot, carefully place the plantain slices in the pan. Make sure not to overcrowd the pan. Fry them in batches if necessary to avoid overcrowding the pan. The oil should bubble slightly around the plantains. Fry the pieces on each side for 2-3 minutes until they turn golden brown and crispy. Flip the plantains when you see browning around edges.
  4. Cool: Remove them from the pan and place them on a paper towel-lined plate to remove excess oil and cool.
  5. Serve: Sprinkle with salt, if desired. For best taste, serve immediately.

Air-Fried Plantains Instructions

  1. Preheat your air fryer: Preheat air fryer to 375°F (190°C).
  2. Prepare plantains: Peel and cut the plantain into even slices. Lightly coat the slices with cooking spray or brush them with minimal oil. Alternatively, use no oil.
  3. Cook: Arrange the slices in a single layer in the air fryer basket, ensuring they're not overcrowded. Cook for 8-10 minutes, flipping the slices halfway through until they are golden brown and crispy.
  4. Serve: Once done, sprinkle with salt, if desired.

Microwaved Plantains

  1. Prepare plantain: Peel the plantain. Leave whole. Wet a pepper towel and squeeze out the excess liquid. Wrap the moist towel around the whole plantain.
  2. Microwave: Place the plantain on a microwave-safe plate. Microwave on high for 5-6 minutes, checking every minute to ensure they don't overcook. Microwave times may vary so check often. It is ready when it is soft and cooked through. 

Oven-Baked Plantains

  1. Preheat your oven: Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. Prepare the plantains: Cut two peeled plantains into diagonal slices or rounds, about 1/2 to 3/4 inch thick. In a bowl, coat the plantains with a little oil or melted butter. Set aside.
  3. Prepare the mixture: In another bowl, mix the brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.
  4. Mix: Toss the plantains in this mixture, ensuring they are coated evenly.
  5. Bake: Place the plantain slices on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Place the baking sheet in the preheated oven and bake for about 20 minutes, flipping the plantains halfway through. The plantains should be golden brown.
  6. Serve: Once out of the oven, let them cool for a few minutes. You can serve them as they are or add a scoop of vanilla ice cream if you feel indulgent. Trust me, the combination of the warm, sweet plantains and the ice cream is heavenly.

Notes

To ripen a plantain quickly, place plantain in a warm spot, use a closed brown paper bag, or keep it with apples or bananas to speed up ripening. 

Use a nutritional app like Cronometer to get nutritional information on the exact ingredients and amounts you are using.

Freezing will affect the texture, so I don't recommend freezing them. See the post for other storage options.

Cooking times vary depending on the method used. See the specific method in the recipe card for details.

If you need to slow down the ripening process, place the plantain in the fridge until you're ready to use.

  • Author: Regi Pearce
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Category: condiment, side dish, snack
  • Method: frying, air-fryer, oven, microwave
  • Cuisine: Caribbean-Inspired, Cuban-Inspired
  • Diet: Vegan

Nutrition

  • Calories: 109
  • Sugar: 16
  • Sodium: 4
  • Fat: 0.3
  • Carbohydrates: 29
  • Fiber: 2
  • Protein: 1

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