Monday, April 18, 2011

Caramelized Cuban Plantains

Growing up in a Cuban household consists of eating rice, beans and fried plantains almost every night. Although very yummy, these eating habits could easily rack up the pounds. However, we occasionally indulge in childhood favorites, such as "platanitos maduros" or fried rice plantains. Instead of deep frying the plantains, we pan fry them in a little bit of sugar. This method saves us a few calories, yet we still get to enjoy this sweet side dish. We hope you introduce this Cuban tradition to your family!

Ripe plantains
Sugar Kitchen

Cutting board
Large non-stick pan
Parchment paper

Buy the ripest plantains in the store. The darker, the better. If they are not as dark as the one in our photo, allow a few days to ripen.

Peel the plantain and slice into 1 inch thick slices. Pour the sugar onto a plate. Heat the non-stick pan over medium-high heat.

Once the pan is hot, dip the plantain slices into the sugar until they are evenly coated. Place the plantains on the pan and cook for about 2-3 minutes on each side until the sugar caramelizes. The plantain should become soft and golden brown.

Place the cooked plantain on parchment paper and allow to cool. This will prevent the plantains from sticking to your plate.


  1. Love this! We have a similar type of banana in the Philippines which is usually fried and caramelized. Here in the UK, we use plantains. I will make this pronto.

  2. I'd love to try these...caramelized anything is a winner in my book!!!

  3. Yes... Bet part is that we think it tastes better than the original version we grew up with.. No frying in oil..

    The caramelized sugar creates a coating that hardens and is delicious. The plantain is tender and sooo sooo good!

  4. I tried this with regular bananas, but now I have try it with plantains..looks and sounds so delicious! I love this easy and not greasy is gonna please my sweet tooth:)

  5. Love this! I've use caramelized bananas in desserts, but it'd be nice to get some plantains in with dinner.

  6. I love plantains! They were my favorite thing to eat in Puerto Rico!

  7. They may be a little hard to find maybe up north, but if you do.. we really hope you give them a try

  8. I love getting fried plantains when we visit boyfriends in Florida, they are so good! Good to know how I can make them at home, yum!

  9. Plantains are one of my very favorites! These look so beautiful and mouthwatering! YUM!
    Blessings, Catherine

  10. I love plantains so much! This looks delicious... definitely going to try this! -Elyse @The Cultural Dish

  11. my boyfriend lived in costa rica for awhile after college and would LOVE these! thansk for sharing!


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