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How to Fry Plantain (Fried Plantain)

Fried Plantain! Learn how to fry plantain like a pro. Plantain is very similar to banana but unlike a banana that can be eaten raw, plantain is cooked before you can eat it. Plantain is also referred to as a "cooking banana".
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: African, Nigerian, Spanish
Keyword: Fried Plantain, How to fry plantain
Servings: 1
Author: Ajoke
Cost: £1


  • frying pan


  • Ripe but firm plantain
  • Vegetable oil about ½ cup
  • Salt to taste


  • Place a pan or frying pan/skillet on medium heat, add vegetable oil and move on to preparing the plantain while the oil gets hot. It usually takes about a minute or two to heat up.
  • using a sharp knife, cut both ends of the plantain, make an incision on the skin from top to bottom and peel the plantain.
  • Slice the plantain diagonally to about half an inch.
  • Carefully add sliced plantain to the hot oil and fry on both sides until golden brown. Do not overcrowd the oil in the pan so that the plantain can cook evenly
  • Remove plantain from the hot oil and drain on a kitchen towel. Sprinkle salt on hot plantain and toss to combine. Plantain can be served hot, warm or cold.
    fried plantain


Plantain can also be fried in a deep fryer
For healthier fried plantain, use 1 tablespoon vegetable oil to fry 1 plantain but keep an eye so it doesn't burn. Alternatively, grill ot bake in the oven.