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Milk Street Recipe

Fried Sweet Plantains

Appears in July-August 2021

20 minutes

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Fried Sweet Plantains

As plantains ripen, their color changes from green to yellow to yellow mottled with brown-black spots to almost completely brown-black. Their flavor changes, too, from starchy to sweet, and they become softer in texture. For this recipe, the fruits should at least be well-mottled, so try to purchase ones that are already yellow, not green, and if needed, give them a few days to ripen. To peel plantains, trim off the ends with a paring knife, then use the tip of the knife to score the skin along its length. Pull off the peel with your hands; it will come away in sections, like a banana peel.

6 to 8



Don’t hesitate to reduce the heat if needed to slow the browning. How quickly the plantains cook largely depends on their ripeness.

20 minutes

Kari J.
July 29, 2022
So good!
Great. Just great. This is the first time I’d fried plantains. I used coconut oil and ghee to fry. Topped with cinnamon/sugar for my kids, honey/salt for me. Yum!!

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