Recipe/ Side Dish

Baked Plantain Fries

These baked plantain fries are oven fried to crisp perfection. Enjoy as an appetizer or side dish.

baked plantain fries

I don’t know if there’s anyone out there who loves plantains as much as I do. So it’s quite surprising that a plantain recipe has only just made it to the blog. Better late than never hey! Fried plantains are pretty much a staple in Caribbean cuisine. If you’ve never heard of plantains, they are a starchy version of bananas and a very good source of potassium and dietary fiber. Plantains are usually cooked before eating but I know folks who eat them raw. I grew up eating fried plantains and whenever I would return home from my travels on ships it’s one of the first dishes I would ask my mom to prepare. I began baking plantains as opposed to deep-frying them a while back. Even before I started on my health ‘craze’. I have always had an aversion to deep-fried foods and to date I have never deep-fried anything in my kitchen. I think it’s going to remain that way.

Baked Plantain Fries – Select the best plantains

The best plantains for making these fries are the fairly green ones. They’re more starchy, firm and less sweet. Perfect for making fries.

baked plantain fries

To jazz up these baked plantain fries I added a bit of cinnamon and cayenne pepper. Completely optional but highly recommended!

baked plantain fries

These baked plantain fries are something I make quite often. They’re good as an appetizer with a dip or as a side dish.

baked plantain fries

The dip pictured is a simple mix of homemade greek yogurt and hot sauce.

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baked plantain fries

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Baked Plantain Fries
 
Ingredients
  • 2 large fairly green plantains
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • sea salt
  • cinnamon
  • cayenne pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 425ºF / 218ºC and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Cut the ends off plantains. Slice the skin from top to bottom and peel off the skin.
  3. Cut plantain into half so you now have two pieces.
  4. Cut plantain into strips.
  5. Toss plantain strips with enough coconut oil to coat. Season with salt, cinnamon and cayenne pepper
  6. Place plantain strips on a baking sheet in a single layer.
  7. Bake for 15 - 20 minutes, turning over about half way through.
Enjoy

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18 Comments

  • Reply
    Tash
    May 20, 2015 at 6:53 pm

    Wow! These look amazing! I have never tried plantains before….I know right?? I should try these out!

    • Reply
      Krystal
      May 21, 2015 at 9:56 pm

      Oh yes ma’am you most definitely should!

  • Reply
    Dena Norton
    May 20, 2015 at 3:09 pm

    Ever since my first bite in Honduras many years ago, I’ve LOVED plantains…but I’ve never thought about baking them! Great recipe – pinning!

    • Reply
      Krystal
      May 21, 2015 at 9:56 pm

      Thanks Dena. I’m sure you’ll enjoy them baked..:)

  • Reply
    Sylvie | Gourmande in the Kitchen
    May 20, 2015 at 9:56 am

    What an irresistible treat!

    • Reply
      Krystal
      May 21, 2015 at 9:47 pm

      Thanks Sylvie!

  • Reply
    May
    May 20, 2015 at 2:57 am

    Ohhh my goodness they look delicious! I wish I had some now. Pinning this xx

    • Reply
      Krystal
      May 21, 2015 at 2:32 pm

      Wish I could send you some May.. 😉

  • Reply
    Renee Kohley
    May 19, 2015 at 7:30 pm

    I have never had plantain fries before! Fun idea!

    • Reply
      Krystal
      May 21, 2015 at 4:07 pm

      I’m sure you and the girls would like them a lot Renee!

  • Reply
    Emily @ Recipes to Nourish
    May 19, 2015 at 5:37 pm

    These sound delicious! I have never made them but want to now 🙂 Shared it and pinned it.

    • Reply
      Krystal
      May 20, 2015 at 7:00 pm

      Thank you Emily. Give them a try and let me know what you think.

  • Reply
    The Food Hunter
    May 19, 2015 at 5:01 pm

    absolutely love the dipping sauce idea!

    • Reply
      Krystal
      May 21, 2015 at 4:11 pm

      Thanks, they go really well together.

  • Reply
    Rachel
    May 19, 2015 at 4:29 pm

    Never made anything with plantain before! Time to try, definitely.

    • Reply
      Krystal
      May 20, 2015 at 7:00 pm

      Oh yes definitely Rachel!

  • Reply
    Charlene @ That Girl Cooks Healthy
    May 17, 2015 at 12:22 am

    WOW, I LOVE plantain and these fries look divine, thanks for sharing.

    • Reply
      Krystal
      May 17, 2015 at 12:29 pm

      Thanks Charlene! Nice to meet a fellow plantain lover!:)

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