Sweet and Savory Fried Plantains


Fried plantains are a traditional treat in many parts of the world. Try them once and you'll be hooked. Yellow (ripe) work best. Serve this as a sweet and savory side dish to a meal, as a dessert, or as a snack. They are also delicious atop a dark, leafy, and green spinach or kale salad with goat cheese.

Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
10 mins
3 servings


  • 1 large yellow plantain, peeled

  • teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1 tablespoon canola oil

  • ½ teaspoon reduced-fat margarine (such as Smart Balance®)

  • teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 teaspoon agave nectar

  • teaspoon light brown sugar

  • 1 pinch ground cinnamon, or more to taste (Optional)


  1. Cut plantain into three sections. Quarter each section so you have twelve pieces. Season plantain pieces with garlic powder.

  2. Heat oil and margarine together in a small skillet over medium heat. Cook plantains in hot oil until lightly browned, 2 to 3 minutes per side; season with black pepper and continue to cook until slightly darker in color, 2 to 3 minutes more. Remove skillet from heat and drizzle agave syrup over the plantain pieces. Sprinkle brown sugar and cinnamon over the plantains.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

166 Calories
5g Fat
32g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 3
Calories 166
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g 7%
Saturated Fat 1g 3%
Sodium 11mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 32g 12%
Dietary Fiber 2g 9%
Total Sugars 16g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 17mg 85%
Calcium 7mg 1%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 462mg 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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