Perfect Plantains!

20 Feb


Plantains are an easy, delicious treat. You might be wondering “What is the difference between plantains and bananas?” Bananas can be eaten raw while plantains are starchier and served cooked. My friend Tigui from Mali recently showed me how to fry plantains.

At first I got a little worried because her plantains were very green on the outside and mine were black and yellow (more black than anything). So I did a little research and was relieved to find that plantains can be friend at any stage of ripeness. Just like bananas, the more yellow/black they are, the sweeter they taste.

Here are some plantains at Aihua International Market at various stages of ripeness.


Pan-fried Plantains

1. Heat 1/4 cup of oil in a pan on medium-high heat.

2. Cut off both ends of the plantain.

3. Cut the skin lengthwise, without cutting into the plantain.

4. Partially peel back the skin on both sides.


5. Cut the plantain into 1/4 inch wide pieces using the skin as a “natural cutting board” (fewer dishes to wash!).


6. Place into pan and cook for 5 minutes on each side until a medium brown.

Serve as a snack or a side dish! Yum yums!


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