Chef John's Fried Sweet Plantains

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  • Prep

    5 m
  • Cook

    15 m
  • Ready In

    20 m
Chef John
Recipe by  Chef John

“I think when you pair these with a simple plate of black beans and rice, you're talking about a super simple, very frugal, and very delicious dinner. I really hope you give them a try soon.”

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Original recipe yields 4 servings



  1. Heat oil in a heavy-duty skillet over high heat. Place 4 to 5 plantain slices in a single layer in the pan and cook until golden brown and tender, 4 to 6 minutes per side. Transfer to a paper-towel lined plate. Repeat with remaining plantain slices.
  2. Sprinkle cooked plantains with salt and drizzle with lime.

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deb az

deb az

The video was very helpful. I made these using a nearly black plantain with 2T Coconut Oil in a non-stick frypan. I was using the dish for a dessert so mid-way through cooking I sprinkled on about 1T Brown Sugar and 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon. Near the end of cooking I lightly sprinkled with salt. The taste was good. I might fry them a little hotter next time to create a crispier exterior. Note: I would suggest not placing them on a paper towel lined plate as mine stuck to it! I am always in favor of trying to remove excess oil but will try a way other than a paper towel next time.



Yum! I love fried plantains and have ever since my dear Cuban friend introduced them to me. We served this with Cuban chicken fricasse. Thanks Chef John!



Have made these twice now, they are so easy and good. Don't skip the limes and salt. I don't know why that makes such a big difference, but they really increase the deliciousness.

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Amount Per Serving (4 total)

  • Calories
  • 235 cal
  • 12%
  • Fat
  • 14 g
  • 22%
  • Carbs
  • 30.3 g
  • 10%
  • Protein
  • 1.3 g
  • 3%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Sodium
  • 101 mg
  • 4%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet



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