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Homemade Crispy Seasoned Plantain Fries

Plantain fries – Treat yourself with these perfectly crispy, delicious, and easy to make plantain fries. The light spice in these fries allows you to savor the subtle taste of the plantain. Try these fries in place of potato fries, you will like it.

Treat yourself with theses perfectly crispy delicious and easy to make plantain fries

Plantain fries

Plantain fries are wonderful, they are a delicious side dish and they are so easy to make. They taste almost like french fries, but you will definitely know that they are not.  The first time I tried this, I was pleasantly surprised I how much I enjoyed them in comparison to potato fries.

Plantain is a staple in my home. I use it for making a variety of recipes from baking to chips to pancakes and much more.  However, the last time I made these fries, they were gone in a flash. The kids gobbled them up. Actually, it was like a competition between Mr. O, myself, and the kids. I’m not sure who liked them most – the kids or the adults!

If you’ve never thought of making plantain fries then you need to try making them at least once in a while if you can resist the temptation of getting addicted. I said this because the staunchest french fries lover in my house had a change of heart once he had a bite of one of these plantain fries.

The light spice in these fries allows you to savor the subtle taste of the plantain

What is plantain

I could devote an entire book to the incredibly versatile plantain. Plantains are a vital component of the West African diet. We eat them as the main course. breakfast, snack, and much more.

Essentially, plantain is a staple in most West African countries. I must say that plantain is different from a banana. Of course, they are related but are not the same. Plantains are much larger and thicker than bananas. You can read more about my post on plantains here.

How to make plantain fries

Deep-fried plantain fries – If you choose to go all out to enjoy your fries. Here is a good way to enjoy the fries in all it’s glory.

  • Preheat enough oil for deep frying in a frying pan
  • Peel the plantains cut them into sticks like fries and season them
  • Fry the plantains until golden and crisp on the edges.
  • Remove from oil and drain on a paper-lined sieve or bowl.
  • Serve immediately

Try these plantain fries in place of potato fries you will like it

Oven-baked plantain fries –  If you are not a fan of deep-frying, then you will enjoy this lighter option.

  • Preheat the oven to 425°F
  • Peel the plantains cut them into sticks like fries and season them
  • Spread them out on a baking tray.
  • Bake for 20 minutes turning halfway between.
  • Remove from oven and serve immediately

Plantain fries are wonderful and they are so easy to make

How to prep the plantains

  • Cut off both ends with a knife.
  • Make a deep cut vertically through the skin of the plantain by running the knife down the length of the skin. (Be careful not to cut the skin).
  • Peel off the skin and divide the plantains into three pieces.
  • cut into sticks like fries

What type of plantain should I use for my fries?

Plantains come in both the green (unripe) state and the Yellow (ripe) state. However, this particular recipe calls for unripe plantains. I like to use the very green plantains for my deep-fried version of this recipe while I prefer to use the semi-ripe plantains for the oven-baked version because baking dries food out a bit and the super green ones turn out too dry for my liking when baked.

These are my personal preferences when it comes to making fries however, I will advise not to use ripe plantains for either the baked or the fried version. it will not turn out crisp. If you feel like eating the ripe plantains you can try my fried sweet ripe plantains here.

Here is a good way to enjoy plantain fries in all it's glory.

Notes:
  • I  prefer to cut my plantains into thicker wedges because the interior is so tender and I enjoy how well the crisp on the outside complements the tender interior. However, if you want more crisp feel free to cut them into the shoestring size.
  • I love it hot and spicy (I know most of you know that already) so I added a little cayenne pepper for that spicy flavor. You can skip it if you don’t wat it.
  • You can bake the fries on a parchment-lined pan for ease of turning and clean up.

You can serve these plantain fries with Guacamole, plain old ketchup, a mixture of ketchup and mayo, the African spicy sauce or eat ”as is”. Whatever rocks your boat.

Other plantain recipes you might want to try:

If you’d like to know more about plantains you can read my thorough write up on how to cook plantains here and plantain recipe options you need to try. I have also tried to answer a number of frequently asked questions in the article. Enjoy!

Plantain Fries

Plantain Fries

Treat yourself with these perfectly crispy, delicious, and easy-to-make plantain fries. The light spice in these fries allows you to savor the subtle taste of the plantain. You will love it!
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Global
Keyword: fries, homemade, plantain fries
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 3 People
Calories: 301kcal
Author: Lola Osinkolu

Ingredients

Ingredients for the deep-fried plantain fries

  • 2 plantains unripe or semi-ripe
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt or to taste
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper or to taste
  • Enough oil to deep fry the plantains

Ingredients for the oven-baked plantain fries

  • 2 semi-ripe plantains
  • 2 tbsp olive oil or any other oil of your choice
  • cayenne pepper optional
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 Tsp Salt or to taste
  • 1 tbsp oil

Instructions

Instructions for deep-fried plantain fries

  • Peel the plantains and cut them into sticks like fries (about 1/2 to 3/4 inch thickness). Put them inside a bowl and season the plantains with garlic powder, salt, and black pepper.
  • Preheat some oil on medium to high heat in a deep frying pan to about 350 degrees F (180 degrees C). Add the plantains and fry occasionally stirring, until golden brown and crisp on the edges, about 8 to 10 minutes.
  • Remove from the oil and let it drain. Serve immediately with ketchup, hot sauce, or dipping sauce.

Instructions for Oven-baked plantain fries

  • Get your oven preheated to 425°F.
  • Peel the plantains cut them into sticks like fries, and put them inside a bowl.
  • Season the plantains with salt, garlic powder, cayenne pepper (optional), and paprika, and drizzle the olive oil over it.
  • Mix well until all the plantains are covered with the seasoning and oil.
  • Spread the plantain slices out on a baking tray. Make sure they don’t overlap.
  • Bake for 20 minutes, turning halfway between.
  • Remove from oven and serve immediately.

Nutrition

Calories: 301kcal | Carbohydrates: 77g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 868mg | Potassium: 1191mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 36g | Vitamin A: 2711IU | Vitamin C: 44mg | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 1mg

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Yvonne E Soto

Thursday 6th of May 2021

Wow! I just made them. I'm Puerto Rican, so I am used to plantains. I fried them in olive oil. Perfection! Thanks! Mom sends me wonderful yucca, plantains, etc from PR so this is going to be a staple for me.

Lola Osinkolu

Thursday 20th of May 2021

Thanks for coming back to share your experience Yvonne. I'm glad you love the fries... I love fried plantains too!