Tostones are made with green (unripe) plantains and are a very popular side dish in many Caribbean and South American countries. The traditional method is to twice-fry the plantains in oil, but this air-fried version of my Puerto Rican family's recipe is much lighter as it uses olive oil spray instead of deep-frying.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
15 mins
total:
30 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

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

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  • Preheat an air fryer to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

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  • Slice tips off the plantain. Make a vertical cut in the skin from end to end, making sure to cut only through the thick skin and not into the plantain flesh. Cut plantain, still with the peel, into 1-inch chunks. Peel the skin off each chunk starting at the slit you made.

  • Place the plantain chunks in your air fryer basket and spray them with olive oil spray. Air fry for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, prepare a bowl of salted water.

  • Remove the plantain pieces from the air fryer with tongs. Smash to about 1/2-inch thickness using a tostonera (plantain smasher). Soak the smashed tostones in the bowl of salted water while smashing the rest.

  • Remove the tostones from the salted water and pat dry with a paper towel.

  • Return tostones to the air fryer in batches, filling the basket with a single layer each time. Spray the tops with olive oil spray and season with salt; air fry for 5 minutes. Flip with tongs and spray the other side with olive oil spray. Season with salt. Air fry until golden brown and crisp, 4 to 5 minutes more.

Cook's Notes:

If your plantains are especially difficult to cut, you can use a case knife to aid in removing the skin, or try to peel them while under warm water, which can help.

If you don't have a plantain smasher, the base of a mason jar or large mug will work as well.

Nutrition Facts

110 calories; protein 1.2g; carbohydrates 28.5g; fat 0.4g; sodium 47.7mg. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
05/17/2019
I’ve eaten deep fried tostones all my life, but found that your air fried tostones to be simply delicious and easy to make. I did not have to deal with any leftover oil or grease nor with the splatter associated with deep frying. I thank you for this method of making an all time favorite comfort food of mine. The only exception to your recipe was that I added ground garlic to the salted water. Heck, I add garlic to almost anything. ;-) Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
01/02/2020
We did the recipe as recommended but it seems the soaking in water was a mistake for us. We may have done something wrong. We have made them before without soaking in water and they turned out perfect. So will go back to using that method. Read More
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  • 3 star values: 3
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Rating: 5 stars
05/17/2019
I’ve eaten deep fried tostones all my life, but found that your air fried tostones to be simply delicious and easy to make. I did not have to deal with any leftover oil or grease nor with the splatter associated with deep frying. I thank you for this method of making an all time favorite comfort food of mine. The only exception to your recipe was that I added ground garlic to the salted water. Heck, I add garlic to almost anything. ;-) Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
07/23/2020
I usually make tostones like my mom used to. She would peel the plantains and scrape them with her knife and soak them in salt water after slicing them. To help get the rest of the sticky sap off. Cutting them and then peeling seems like a lot of work when you can just peel the whole thing before cutting. That's my critique. Air fried is good but nothing beats the oil frying. Sprinkle with adobo before eating. Yum Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
01/02/2020
We did the recipe as recommended but it seems the soaking in water was a mistake for us. We may have done something wrong. We have made them before without soaking in water and they turned out perfect. So will go back to using that method. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/05/2021
I actually hate doing all the preliminaries so I cut to the chase and bought frozen tostones. I tried air frying them as is but they turned out awful, so I tried again. This time I soaked them in salted water for about 10 minutes, dried them well with a paper towel then sprayed both sides with canola oil. I then air fried them at 400 degrees for 10 minutes. The result: Much, much better! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
06/16/2020
I like it bc it's healthier, however nothing beats the original--deep fried in oil. But like other reviewers pointed out--there is no need to soak in water. Read More
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