Crispy Fried Plantains Recipe

Turn your plantains into a special, hearty, and satisfying snack with the Crispy Fried Plantains recipe!

The classic Fried Plantains may be delicious but wait until you make them crunchy and flaky. Coating the plantains with the crust will surely make it more enjoyable and fun to eat.

Because of how versatile they are, you can easily transform the plantains into an incredible snack for everyone. Every bite will certainly feel and taste amazing.

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If you love plantains, then this recipe is the one to beat. It is absolutely perfect for almost any diet. You can also trust that the Crispy Fried Plantains will be easy and quick to cook!

How to Make Crispy Fried Plantains

Cooking Crispy Fried Plantains is simpler than you think. Aside from fresh plantains, all you need is a coating mix that can seal in the tender fruit while keeping it crunchy on the outside.

Let me show you my secret to the best Crispy Fried Plantains!

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Ingredients

Get these ingredients prepared for the best-tasting Crispy Fried Plantains!

Plantains

What is there to know about plantains?

Plantains are starchy fruits that are native to African Asia. You might mistake them for bananas but they’re actually different in various ways.

They have a starchy and sweet flavor that will taste well as a snack or even a side dish. Unlike bananas, you need to cook the plantains before you can enjoy them.

It gives them a soft texture that you would love to chew on. In this recipe, I suggest using ripe plantains to get the best quality. They should have black, brown, and yellow skin with a slight softness.

Health Benefits of Plantains

  • Plantains have lots of fiber that can improve your digestion and metabolism.
  • According to Eating Well, plantains also have potassium that can take better care of your heart.
  • Many antioxidants in plantains can boost your immunity.
  • Medical News Today shared that plantains can relax your muscles and nerves, too.
  • The magnesium in plantains can be good for energy, sleep quality, and mood.

There are so many recipes that you can make with plantains. For unripe plantains, you can make chips or even porridge. Meanwhile, ripe plantains are perfect for making fries, balls, and bread, too!

Plain flour

Make the plantains truly crunchy and crispy, starting with some plain flour. It also prevents the plantains from sticking to the pan and keeping the plantains soft and moist.

Moreover, the flour will help you achieve a golden brown finish to the dish. Plain flour’s crispiness has proven effective in my Chicken Pie recipe!

Eggs

To coat the plantains well, you will need the eggs to act as binders. The eggs will also act as an extra layer of texture and flavor to take the Crispy Fried Plantains recipe to the next level.

Eggs are common binding ingredients in fried foods because of how well they can hold the shape and form of what’s inside. You can also use it to make crunchy Popcorn Chicken!

Breadcrumbs

Make the plantains extra crispy with the help of breadcrumbs. It’s one of the best coating ingredients because of how good the texture will turn out, even after drying.

Just like flour, the breadcrumbs also give the dish a golden color that makes it so much more appetizing. Indeed, the breadcrumbs are the secret to truly Crispy Fried Plantains!

Sea salt

Even if you only need the eggs as binders, you still need to season them with salt for extra flavor. The salt will also make it easier for the plantains to dredge.

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These basic and affordable ingredients are the keys to cooking the perfect Crispy Fried Plantains!

Directions

Master this Crispy Fried Plantains recipe in just minutes! 

  1. Peel the plantains with a knife.
  2. Slice it into pieces according to your preferred shape and size. 
  3. Whisk the egg and season it with salt in a container.
  4. Coat the plantain slices in flour.
  5. Dip them into the egg wash.
  6. Then, coat them with breadcrumbs.
  7. Place them on a plate to allow the coating to set. 
  8. Fry the plantains in hot oil in a frying pan.
  9. Deep fry over medium heat.
  10. Turn them over with a slotted turner.
  11. Cook until golden brown and crispy!
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You can experience all of its crunchy and sweet goodness with every bite!

Tips

Buying plantains

  • The Pioneer Woman suggests buying yellow and black ripe plantains with a slightly tough texture when squeezed.
  • You may also opt for unripe plantains to allow them to ripen at home.
  • Avoid ones that are too mushy. 

Storing plantains

  • Unripe plantains can be left at room temperature to ripen over days or weeks.
  • Once ripe, use them immediately or refrigerate them to prolong shelf life.
  • Sliced plantains are best seasoned with lemon juice and stored in resealable bags in the fridge or the freezer. 
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Crispy Fried Plantains Variations

The classic Crispy Fried Plantains are delicious but how can you upgrade it?

Aside from these classic Crispy Fried Plantains, you can also make it in variations. For instance, you can season it with herbs and spices like paprika, chili flakes, or mixed herbs.

You can also make it sweeter by adding sugar or stevia. Otherwise, prepare a sweet dip or sauce to pair with the plantains. Additionally, you can air-fry or bake them, too.

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  • Frying pan: Cook the Crispy Fried Plantains in a pan on a stove.
  • Knife: Peel and slice the fruits using a knife.
  • Containers: Use containers to prepare the dredging ingredients. 
  • Slotted turner: Toss the plantains in the oil using a slotted turner. 

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How to Serve Crispy Fried Plantains

Are you excited to feel just how crunchy the Crispy Fried Plantains can be?

You can serve them for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or at any time of the day that you like. It can also be a good pre-workout or post-workout snack to restore strength and relax muscles. 

I also suggest serving it with sauces and dips, like guacamole or ketchup. This dish can even be a fantastic side dish for date nights or dining with your family.

You can enjoy this dish on its own, but they are best paired with sauces and stews such as:

  • Roast Chicken – fried plantains taste so good with roasted meats.
  • Smoked Mackerel – savor the yummy mackerel with plantains on the side.
  • Egusi Soup – soups taste so much better with plantains.
  • Nigerian Beans – every bite is truly soft and decadent.
  • Fried Rice – simple plantains are better with some rice.
  • Salad – add a starchy and sweet fruit to your healthy salad.
  • Fried Pepper Stew – enjoy sweet plantains with a savory stew.
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Storage Tips

At room temperature: Keep the Crispy Fried Plantains in a container for a day at room temperature. 

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In the fridge: Wrap them in the kitchen towel. Then, place them in containers or resealable bags for up to three days in the fridge. 

To freeze: Place the plantains in freezer bags and freeze for up to two months. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What makes plantain chips crispy?

The secret to making plantain chips crispy is to use the best ingredients for the coating mix. In this recipe, I suggest using flour, eggs, and breadcrumbs to bind everything together.

Moreover, you should deep fry the plantains only once the oil is hot. The hot oil can keep the plantains together with the coating.

Should you soak plantains before frying?

Soaking the plantains before frying is optional. However, pat them dry before coating them with the ingredients. In fact, soaking them can help with the crispy texture.

Which method of frying is better when frying plantain?

The best way to fry plantains is in a pan or skillet. Since plantains are starchy, you can expect that they will have sugar. So use a pan or skillet to prevent it from burning quickly.

Why are my plantains hard after frying?

Don’t use unripe plantains because they are firmer than ripe ones. Also, slice them thinly and evenly to cook all the way through. Check the temperature of the oil before you fry them.

Crispy Fried Plantains

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Crispy fried plantain is a delicious snack that you can make at home in no time. Learn this simple and tasty recipe for making it with just a few ingredients.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 2
Course Fruits
Cuisine African
Calories 1083kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 plantains (ripe)
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup plain flour
  • ½ cup breadcrumbs
  • vegetable oil (enough to deep-fry)
  • 1 pinch sea salt

Instructions
 

  • Prepare the plantains.
    Peel them by chopping off the ends and making a vertical incision along the fruit. Slice it into pieces according to your preferred shape and size.
  • Make the egg wash.
    Whisk the egg and season it with salt in a container. Set it aside.
  • Coat the plantains.
    Coat the plantain slices in flour and dip them into the egg wash. Then, coat them with breadcrumbs. Place them on a plate to allow the coating to set.
  • Fry.
    Lower the coated plantains into hot oil in a pan. Deep fry over medium heat. The oil should sizzle once you put in the plantains. Wait until they are golden brown. Transfer them to a lined plate. Serve it with your favorite sauce or stew!

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Notes

  • Make sure to use ripe plantains for sweetness.
  • If you don’t have breadcrumbs, dip the plantains twice in flour and eggs.
  • Air fry or bake the plantains for less oil intake. 
  • The sogginess may be due to excessive oil and not shaking off the excess oil. Ensure that the oil is hot before frying them. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1 (of 2)Calories: 1083kcalCarbohydrates: 201gProtein: 29gFat: 22gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 8gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 327mgSodium: 536mgPotassium: 2038mgFiber: 10gSugar: 67gVitamin A: 4521IUVitamin C: 66mgCalcium: 168mgIron: 9mg
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