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7 Ways to use Plantains

By Oscar May 8, 2021

  1. Baked Plantain Chips: Cut peeled plantains into thin rounds. Drizzle in oil and place a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake at 400F until edges start to turn brown.
  2. Instead of baking, you can fry the slices from #1 in a skillet with oil (2-3 minutes per side).
  3. Add slices to your favorite bean stew or soup.
  4. Grill and eat warm with a handful of dry roasted unsalted peanuts for a satisfying snack.
  5. Boil green plantains without skin in salted water and serve with a stew in place or potatoes or rice.
  6. Baked Plantain Slices: Cut peeled plantains into 1/2 inch slices. Drizzle in oil and place single layered on a baking sheet. Bake at 400F for 20-25 minutes flipping halfway.
  7. Plantain Pancakes (Tatale): Smash 3-4 black plantains and stir in a half cup of grated onions, 3 tsp ground fresh ginger, salt to taste and cayenne pepper to taste (optional). Stir in 1/3 cup cornmeal or rice flour, 1/3 cup all-purpose flour and 1 cup water. Allow mixture to sit for 20-30 minutes before cooking. Fry into small pancakes on medium heat using nonstick oil spray until well browned on both sides.


  • Plantains should take anywhere from 3 to 7 days to fully ripen (i.e. turn yellow-black). However, plantains can be prepared and eaten at any stage of ripeness.
  • Peel plantain using a y-shaped peeler.


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