Chef John's Fried Sweet Plantains


Learn how to cook sliced plantains until golden and sweet with this easy recipe. I think when you pair these with a 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.

Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
20 mins


  • ¼ cup vegetable oil

  • 2 very ripe plantains (about 3/4 pound each), peeled and cut on the diagonal into 1/2-inch slices

  • salt to taste

  • 1 lime, cut in wedges (Optional)


  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.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

235 Calories
14g Fat
30g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 235
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 2g 12%
Sodium 4mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 30g 11%
Dietary Fiber 3g 9%
Total Sugars 14g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 21mg 107%
Calcium 8mg 1%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 464mg 10%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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