View Full Version : How to fry or steam plantains(the cousin of the banana)

06-11-03, 01:56 PM
For those of you who don't know, plaintans are a cousin of the bannana. However, they are bigger, and better for frying. They are a side dish used in some places in Africa, Cuba, and maybe Jamaica(I'm not sure). Whether fried or steamed, plantains, make a great side dish. Here are the directions:

For Steaming:

1. Rinse the plantains you are going to use.
2. Cut them in thirds
3. Steam until they are light gold.

For Frying:

1. Rinse the plantains(note: if you want them crispy and chiplike choose greener plantains, that aren't too immature. If you want them to be chewy, get a riper one)
2. cut each one into several pieces whose thickness is,at most, the equivelent of the thickness of two of your fingers put together.
3. heat up the pan on the stove until it quite hot.
4. put in the oil, pam, or lard and let it heat up.
5. Put some of the pieces into the frying pan. Turn as necessary until the pieces are golden brown.

6. When I piece is golden brown you need to do the following:
1. take it out.
2. smash it flat
3. put it back until it's a darker color with a bit of burnt area

7. Do steps 5& 6 until you are done.

8. If the plantains are crispy you can add salt to it.

9. Put them on a plate, and people can grab them from there.

Feel free to ask questions if my directions confused you in some way.

06-11-03, 04:12 PM
I've eaten these plantains you're talking about...fried them up in a frying pan...they're awesome....:) with a chicken or other meat dish....

mrs. dobbs
12-02-12, 08:05 AM
Yes Jamaica too.


Thank you for posting this a long time ago.