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Chef John's Fried Sweet Plantains Recipe
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Chef John's Fried Sweet Plantains

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"I think when you pair these with a simple plate of black beans and rice, you're talking about a super simple, very frugal, and very delicious dinner. I really hope you give them a try soon."

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    5 mins
  • COOK

    15 mins

    20 mins


  1. Heat oil in a heavy-duty skillet over high heat. Place 4 to 5 plantain slices in a single layer in the pan and cook until golden brown and tender, 4 to 6 minutes per side. Transfer to a paper-towel lined plate. Repeat with remaining plantain slices.
  2. Sprinkle cooked plantains with salt and drizzle with lime.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jun 29, 2012

The video was very helpful. I made these using a nearly black plantain with 2T Coconut Oil in a non-stick frypan. I was using the dish for a dessert so mid-way through cooking I sprinkled on about 1T Brown Sugar and 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon. Near the end of cooking I lightly sprinkled with salt. The taste was good. I might fry them a little hotter next time to create a crispier exterior. Note: I would suggest not placing them on a paper towel lined plate as mine stuck to it! I am always in favor of trying to remove excess oil but will try a way other than a paper towel next time.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Apr 13, 2015

They werent very sweet at all. I will be trying to find something sweeter


14 Ratings

Jun 03, 2012

Yum! I love fried plantains and have ever since my dear Cuban friend introduced them to me. We served this with Cuban chicken fricasse. Thanks Chef John!

Dec 12, 2012

Have made these twice now, they are so easy and good. Don't skip the limes and salt. I don't know why that makes such a big difference, but they really increase the deliciousness.

Dec 27, 2014

Black beans and rice, and some kind of meat, if you want it.

Nov 10, 2014

Love this recipe. Very simple. I used coconut oil and it taste fantastic. VG

Aug 11, 2013

Thank You, Thank You, and Thanks again, Chef John for sharing this recipe with us. I grew up ( and still do!) eating these for breakfast along with fried eggs - sunny side-up...delish! Chef Wilo Bennett, owner of Pikayo Restaurant in San Juan, Puerto Rico has a video (still available!!) of "piononos" which is the most popular way to use sweet plantains in P.R. So easy to make! Thanks for sharing with the readers one of the best things we offer in Latin America: Our food!

Apr 18, 2015

My husband who was born in Columbia LOVED these made with Chef John's suggestion of serving this with rice and black beans. (watch the video) :)


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  • Calories
  • 235 kcal
  • 12%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 30.3 g
  • 10%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 14 g
  • 22%
  • Fiber
  • 2.5 g
  • 10%
  • Protein
  • 1.3 g
  • 3%
  • Sodium
  • 4 mg
  • < 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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