LIVE
Rating: 5 stars
9 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 9
  • 4 star values: 0
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0

Another quick and fun way of preparing green plantains, aranitas (little spiders) come out really crunchy and look so pretty on the plate. Remember to season them as soon as they come out of the oil. Traditionally served with mayo-ketchup (1:1 ratio blend of mayonnaise and ketchup with fresh pressed garlic or garlic powder to taste).

Advertisement

Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • Heat canola oil in a deep-fryer or large saucepan to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Gather about 2 tablespoons of shredded plantains and shape into patties.

    Advertisement
  • Fry the patties in the preheated oil until golden and crispy, about 10 minutes. Drain on paper towels and season with garlic salt.

Editor's Notes

We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. The exact amount will vary depending on cooking time and temperature, ingredient density, and the specific type of oil used.

Nutrition Facts

256 calories; protein 1.2g; carbohydrates 28.8g; fat 16.8g; sodium 909.7mg. Full Nutrition
Advertisement

Reviews (6)

Read More Reviews

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
08/16/2011
These are terrific! My daughters loved them and called them "banana fries". I have never used plantains before. They are difficult to peel but I figured out a good way. Cut the end off and slice down the length of the plantain. Then peel the cut edges apart. For this recipe it says gather about two tablespoons together...Squish them together into a little ball. They will stick together and still make the 'legs' of the aranita. Fast and easy! Read More
(15)
9 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 9
  • 4 star values: 0
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
08/16/2011
These are terrific! My daughters loved them and called them "banana fries". I have never used plantains before. They are difficult to peel but I figured out a good way. Cut the end off and slice down the length of the plantain. Then peel the cut edges apart. For this recipe it says gather about two tablespoons together...Squish them together into a little ball. They will stick together and still make the 'legs' of the aranita. Fast and easy! Read More
(15)
Rating: 5 stars
06/21/2011
Perfect side dish or appetizer!! The name 'arañitas' means little spiders and refers to the shape they take when fried. Make sure the plantains are very green or it will have a different texture and flavor. It is not supposed to be sweet. I always use the special grater I have to make homemade hash browns. What you want is similar to the way carrots are shredded for a salad. They were spectacular!! Read More
(15)
Rating: 5 stars
12/19/2011
I serve these at parties with garlic oil & everybody loves them! Read More
(9)
Advertisement
Rating: 5 stars
06/12/2013
Being Puerto Rican I was raised eating these. They are my kids' favorite. My "gringo" friends can't get enough of them!!!!! Gracias amiga for reminding me to make them the next time the kids come over. Read More
(1)
Rating: 5 stars
10/10/2016
Loved these when I tried them in Colombia and enjoyed making them now. Simple easy delicious. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
02/24/2016
I am a gringo living in the Dominican Republic- guest at my bed and breakfast LOVE this snack that we always serve on arrival- a real crowd pleaser that cost only a few pesos (or pennies) to make! Read More
Advertisement