Ten years ago I had the opportunity to travel to Costa Rica for work and fell in love with the country and of course the food. One of the items that I always found on my plate whenever ordering in a restaurant was fried plantains. While I may never perfect them the way they were served to me in Costa Rica they are one of my favorite snacks to a make at home.
1 – 2 Green plantains (those that have started to turn yellow are still good but they will taste sweeter than the green ones which are better for a salty snack)
2 TBS Coconut oil (or butter or ghee. Use a fat that can stand a higher heat without impacting the oil. I don’t use olive oil for these)
Optional: Sliced Avocado to pair with your snack
How to make it:
Peel and slice your plantain. Peeling the plantain can be a bit tricky and calls for a bit of patience until you find the method that works for you. Although it looks like a banana it does not peel like one. I usually cut it into four pieces, slice down the side of each piece and peel it that way. Sometimes I have to peel the entire thing with my knife. Slice your plantain into 1/2 inch thick round slices.
Once your plantain is prepped, heat your oil or fat in a large pan over medium heat . Once the oil is warm place your plantain rounds in the pan. Cook until lightly browned on one side (about 3-4 minutes), flip and do the same on the other side.
Remove from the oil and place on a paper towel to absorb the remaining oil. Set aside to cool slightly. Salt to taste and serve!
I hope you enjoy these as much as I do!
In Healthy & Happiness,