Chef John's Bananas Foster


When you think show-stopping, special occasion desserts, you usually don't think simple-and-fast, but that's the case with bananas Foster. This delicious New Orleans classic only has a few ingredients, and takes just minutes to make. Except for the folks that burn their houses down, everybody loves this recipe.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
15 mins
2 servings


  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 3 tablespoons packed brown sugar

  • 2 bananas, peeled and halved lengthwise and crosswise

  • 2 fluid ounces rum

  • 1 fluid ounce banana liqueur

  • 2 pinches ground cinnamon

  • 2 scoops vanilla ice cream

  • 2 small sprigs of mint


  1. Melt butter and brown sugar together in a skillet over medium-high heat until butter melts and mixture begins to bubble, 3 to 5 minutes.

  2. Place bananas, cut-side down, in brown sugar mixture. Cook until just golden, about 30 seconds; flip and cook until golden on the other side, about 30 seconds.

  3. Remove from heat. Pour rum and banana liqueur into skillet; return skillet to high heat. Cook until alcohol ignites and flames, 1 to 3 minutes; add cinnamon. When flames die, remove skillet from heat.

  4. Scoop vanilla ice cream into 2 bowls. Divide bananas mixture between bowls and garnish with mint sprigs.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

497 Calories
20g Fat
59g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 2
Calories 497
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 20g 26%
Saturated Fat 13g 63%
Cholesterol 55mg 18%
Sodium 27mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 59g 22%
Dietary Fiber 4g 13%
Total Sugars 45g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 11mg 53%
Calcium 65mg 5%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 501mg 11%

* 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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