Platanos puerto rico: Sweet Fried Plantains (Maduros) — Salima’s Kitchen

Sweet Fried Plantains (Maduros) — Salima’s Kitchen

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Sweet Fried Plantains (also known as Maduros) are a popular Puerto Rican dessert and snack, made with fried brown plantains. 

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If you’ve been a reader here at Salima’s Kitchen for long, you know my family loves plantains. They are a super traditional ingredient used in all kinds of ways in Puerto Rico. Part of what I love about them is how versatile they are. 

Depending on how ripe your plantains are you could make something sweet and tangy (like these maduros) or savory and salty like tostones. 

Ingredients

The ingredient list for this recipe could not be simpler. You will need:

  • Brown plantains
  • Cooking oil 

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Instructions

Start by peeling your plantains and cutting diagonally into 1 inch sections. Preheat your oil in a heavy bottomed skillet over medium heat. 

Once the oil is hot, gently add in your plantain chunks, making sure not to crown the pan too much. Your pan should have enough oil to almost cover the slices, so add more if needed.

Fry the slices for 5-8 minutes, making sure to flip them every few minutes until golden brown all around. 

Remove the slices and cool on a paper towel lined plate. Enjoy!

How to peel a plantain

At first glance, you might think peeling a plantain would be similar to peeling a banana. You would be wrong.

The peel is actually much thicker and more durable (especially in green plantains) than a traditional banana peel. 

For this reason, there are a few additional steps that can be helpful to get it off. Here’s how I learned from my mom:

  1. Start by cutting off the tips of the plantain.
  2. Next, being careful with your knife, score from one tip of the plantain to the other, cutting just through the peel and not into the flesh of the fruit. Do this on both sides. 
  3. The scoring should make it easier to peel off the skin, and just like that you’ve done it! 

Variations

As you can tell from the ingredients, you really don’t need much to make these sweet fried plantains. 

That said, there are some fun ingredients I like to sprinkle on at the end to fancy them up a bit when I’m feeling adventurous.

Here are some variations:

  • Sugar — add a light sprinkle of sugar when your maduros are fresh out of the fryer for an extra sweet kick.
  • Cinnamon — cinnamon definitely has a place in my heart for both Puerto Rican and Moroccan cuisine. This spice compliments plantains really well and can be sprinkled over top just like sugar!
  • Honey — if you’re trying to cut out refined sugar, a drizzle of honey can be a fun and healthier alternative to try.  

Equipment

When preparing to make these, it’s really important to use the right kind of pan. When frying anything, I encourage using a high quality heavy bottomed pan when possible.

I would try to avoid using any kind of nonstick and instead lean towards materials like cast iron, stainless steel, ceramic or copper. 

Also remember to stick to oils with high smoking point to avoid harmful compounds when frying anything.

Storage

When it comes to fried food, I’m a strong believer that it needs to be eaten the day of, fresh out of the oil.

So if you’re planning to make these ahead, I wouldn’t recommend it. Because the plantains are ripe and brown, they shouldn’t take more than 10 minutes to fry up. 

Make them fresh and enjoy them like a true Puerto Rican 😊

Happy cooking!

Salima

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Instructions

  1. Start by peeling your plantains and cutting diagonally into 1 inch sections. Preheat your oil in a heavy bottomed skillet over medium heat. 
  2. Once the oil is hot, gently add in your plantain chunks, making sure not to crowd the pan too much. Your pan should have enough oil to almost cover the slices, so add more if needed. Fry the slices for 5-8 minutes, making sure to flip them every few minutes until golden brown all around. 
  3. Remove the slices and cool on a paper towel lined plate. Enjoy!

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Today we’re talking all things plantains. This roundup of Puerto Rican Plantain snacks starts with some easy fried plantain chips and ends with a seriously impressive plantain fritter recipe. Keep reading to get the rundown on all of my favorite ways to prepare this popular latin ingredient.

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If you’re familiar with Puerto Rican food, you know how much we rely on plantains as a staple in our cuisine.

In many Puerto Rican snacks, the foundation is plantain, yucca, or beans of some kind.

Keep reading to discover some of my favorite plantain recipes.

Crispy Puerto Rican-Style Tostones

These crispy Puerto Rican tostones are made by smashing and frying green plantains — this recipe couldn’t be simpler to make or more delicious!

Ingredients: green plantains, oil, salt, lime, adobo.

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Sweet Fried Plantains (also known as Maduros) are a popular Puerto Rican dessert and snack, made with fried brown plantains. 

Ingredients: brown plantains, oil.

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Alcapurria

Alcapurria are popular Puerto Rican fritters, made with yucca and plantains, stuffed with picadillo, and fried to perfection.

Ingredients: onion, bell pepper, garlic, cilantro, sofrito, ground beef, tomato sauce, pimento olives, sazon, adobo, cumin, oregano, oil, plantains, yucca root, cooking spray.

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Plantain Fries

Learn how to make these perfectly crispy plantain fries at home in a matter of minutes! They’re a fun spin on French fries, made with a classic Puerto Rican ingredient.

Ingredients: green plantains, oil.

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Traditional Puerto Rican Mofongo (25 Minutes!)

Mofongo is a popular Puerto Rican dish made with fried green plantains mashed with chicharrones (crispy pork skin) and garlic. It’s traditionally served with a red shrimp sauce (camarones guisados) or chicken broth, and makes a super delicious side dish.

Ingredients: green plantains, oil, garlic, chicharron.

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Puerto Rican Style Air Fryer Plantain Chips

These air fryer plantain chips are seriously crispy, crunchy, and delicious! They’re made in the air fryer in less than 30 minutes and the perfect snack. Find out how to make them and how to pick the right plantains for this recipe.

Ingredients: plantains, oil, salt.

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I hope you found some inspiration in this list of plantain recipes! While this isn’t a complete list, I think it captures just how versatile the ingredient really is. If you make a recipe please leave a comment below and let me know what you think!

Buen provecho,

Salima

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Ingredients

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  • 3-4 green plantains
  • 1 cup vegetable or canola oil
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 2 tsp adobo seasoning (optional)

Instructions

  1. Start by peeling your plantains and cutting into 1 inch sections. Preheat your oil in a heavy bottomed skillet over medium heat.
  2. Once the oil is hot, gently add in your plantain chunks, making sure not to crown the pan too much. Your pan should have enough oil to almost cover the slices, so add more if needed. Fry the slices for 8-10 minutes, making sure to flip them until golden brown all around.
  3. Remove the slices and cool on a paper towel lined plate. Once the slices are cool, use a plate to smash the slices until they flatten just slightly. Make sure to not smash them too thin or they will break apart on the second fry.
  4. In a large bowl combine the water, lime juice, salt and adobo seasoning (optional). Gently add in the fried plantains and soak for 4-5 minutes before draining the water and patting dry with paper towels.
  5. Bring the oil back to high heat and add the smashed plantains back to the oil, frying for another 5 minutes or until crispy. Top with a sprinkle of salt and a squeeze of lime juice and enjoy!

Keywords: Tostones, Fried Green Plantains, Puerto Rican Tostones

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