These baked plantain fries are oven fried to crisp perfection. Enjoy as an appetizer or side dish.
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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.
To jazz up these baked plantain fries I added a bit of cinnamon and cayenne pepper. Completely optional but highly recommended!
These baked plantain fries are something I make quite often. They’re good as an appetizer with a dip or as a side dish.
The dip pictured is a simple mix of homemade greek yogurt and hot sauce.
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- 2 large fairly green plantains
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- sea salt
- cayenne pepper
- Preheat your oven to 425ºF / 218ºC and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Cut the ends off plantains. Slice the skin from top to bottom and peel off the skin.
- Cut plantain into half so you now have two pieces.
- Cut plantain into strips.
- Toss plantain strips with enough coconut oil to coat. Season with salt, cinnamon and cayenne pepper
- Place plantain strips on a baking sheet in a single layer.
- Bake for 15 - 20 minutes, turning over about half way through.