This recipe is one of the most simple ways to cook (ripe) plantains. Platanos maduros (fried sweet plantains) topped with sea salt make for a sweet and salty treat that can be served as a side dish or appetizer any time of day.
If you would like, let plantain slices soak in salt water to retain a salty flavor for 20 to 30 minutes before frying.
Make sure plantains are ripe (mostly black). Unlike tostones, platanos maduros need only be fried once. Other popular toppings include garlic (powder or sauce), tomato (with mayo) sauce, sour cream (as in Honduras) and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (as in Venezuela) for even more added sweetness.