Side Dish | January 25, 2018

Healthy Fried Plantains

Everywhere we ate there were plantains at every meal. Most of the time they were boiled and I didn’t care too much for them, until we ate at a 200 year old restaurant. It has been run by the same family all these years! When we ate there it was full of locals, walking chickens, iguanas. The grandma was cooking in the kitchen and her grandson was serving us. When be brought us our food it was delicious! My very favorite was the fried plantains and homemade cheese.

An overhead shot of Healthy Fried Plantains in a bowl

Holy crap I was in heaven! He told us about the house, and about his family- the Aguilar family. He said the cheese we were eating was made from scratch by his grandmother. It was amazing. the cheese had a squeaky cheese texture, but a rich salty creamy flavor.

A photo of a house with trees and grass around it

Picking the right plantain

Since we have plantains here un the US recreating that part of the recipe is easy. Plantains are larger and firmer than bananas but look similar. They are often green in the store. Unlike bananas they reach their full ripeness when they are turning brown (usually were using banana for banana bread at this stage).

I tested out fried plantains at several different stages. When you make them at the brown stage of the peel the plantain will have a strong banana flavor and be very sweet. I personally like mine right before it hits that brown stage. I like them to have the great flavor but not too sweet.

Ingredients for making Healthy Fried Plantains on a wooden board

How to make fried plantains

1.You’ll need a white squeaky cheese. Queso fresco will work, but if you have a local store that has amazing white cheese that isn’t as grainy go for that!.

2. Plantains.

3. A great sea salt. This is important! I love Redmonds Realsalt

4.Coconut oil.

Someone chopping plantains on a wooden board

Start by cutting your plantains diagonal, so that they are longer. you can also cut them into strips. You want then to be thin, but not too thin. 1/4 of an inch is perfect.

Chopped Plantains and their skins on a wooden board

In a fry pan heat a couple of tablespoons of coconut oil till its very hot. The oil will swirl around the pan like water. Fry each plantain on each side for just a few minutes. Set them out on a rack or paper towel for just a minute to let the oil drip off.

Healthy Fried Plantains on a cooling rack

Slice your cheese into thin rectangles and place on top of the warm plantains.

Healthy Fried Plantains on a wooden cutting board

Why SALT?

After you’ve topped the plantains with the cheese you’ll want to sprinkle a little bit of your best sea salt. Why sea salt? The salt on these fried plantains makes the flavor enhance 10x better. With the salt you can taste the sweetness of the plantain, the creaminess of the cheese, the nuttiness from the fruit and the sweet lingering taste of coconut. Before salt it all tastes a little more bland.

My favorite sea salt is Redmond RealSalt. It’s mined here in the US, and had many other minerals and vitamins in it. I’ve taste tested it against several different types and brands of sea salt and this is hands down my families favorite. I can’t promote this salt enough. It’s incredible.


Nutrition Facts
Fried Plantians
Amount Per Serving
Calories 171 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13g 20%
Saturated Fat 11g 55%
Sodium 1mg 0%
Potassium 223mg 6%
Total Carbohydrates 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 6g
Vitamin A 10.1%
Vitamin C 10%
Iron 1.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Healthy Fried Plantains on a brown cutting board with a small jar of real salt

This post is part of a series featuring several other dishes I experience on my trip to Costa Rica. Here are some more recipes you HAVE to try also from this Costa Rica food series!!

Chicken Roll-Up’s

Pressure Cooker bone-in chicken

Citrus Slaw

Pressure Cooker Black Beans

Healthy Fried Plantains

Healthy Fried Plantains in a bowl with rice and vegetables

5 from 1 vote
Fried Plantians
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
15 mins
 

Delicious and easy fried plantains, great as an appetizer, snack or addition to salads

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: African
Keyword: fried plantain, plantain recipe
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 171 kcal
Author: Desarae
Ingredients
  • 4 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1-2 ripe plantains
  • sea salt
  • queso fresco or other white squeaky cheese
Instructions
  1. Heat coconut oil until very hot. It's consistency will thin out to be more like water. 


  2. Prepare plantains by peeling and slicing diagonally into 1/4 inch thick slices.


  3. Place in hot oil, a couple of minutes on each side. If oil starts to smoke turn down immediately and remove from heat. Let oil cool and then return to burner and finish cooking.


  4. Cook plantains on both sides until the edges are golden brown. Remove from oil and place on rack or paper towel. Top with queso fresco and sea salt. eat immediately. 

Nutrition Facts
Fried Plantians
Amount Per Serving
Calories 171 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13g 20%
Saturated Fat 11g 55%
Sodium 1mg 0%
Potassium 223mg 6%
Total Carbohydrates 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 6g
Vitamin A 10.1%
Vitamin C 10%
Iron 1.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

 

 

 

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