Recipe of the day: cook plantains

Cooking is meant to be fun, and there are many ways you can do it without breaking the bank or messing up too much dishes. Affordable, delicious, easy, and the perfect way to bring foods from around the world right to your dining table, this two-ingredient deep-fried sweet plantain recipe is affordable.

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Plantains are a starchy fruit, but similar to tomatoes, they are treated and cooked like a vegetable. Plantains look like large, speckled bananas and are a staple in Caribbean, Central and South American, West African, and Southeast Asian cuisines

The key to really making plantaines shine is to make sure they are very ripe before cooking. The fruit has most of the starch before it ripens, so when buying it at the grocery store, look for plantains, which are a mixture of yellow and black in color. The sweet Caribbean staple is perfect when paired with a flavorful or charred main course like jerk pork, grilled chicken, or one of the best grilled dishes ever.

To make simple plantains, you only need two simple ingredients: plantains and butter. Start by peeling the plantains and cutting them into small, diagonal pieces. Melt butter in a pan over medium heat, then add the plantains to the pan. Cook the plantains for a few minutes on each side or until they turn golden brown. Check out the full tech below via The Daily Meal’s YouTube channel:

Once the plantains are ready, drain them on a plate lined with kitchen paper. Serve them over a bed of rice for an easy and affordable vegetarian dinner option.

Fried sweet plantains


3 very ripe plantains
3 tablespoons of butter


Step 1: Peel the plantains and cut into 1-inch diagonal pieces.

Step 2: Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a large pan over medium heat.

Step 3: When the butter is almost melted, add the plantains to the pan. You may need to cook in batches as you don’t want to overfill the pan.

Step 4: After 2-3 minutes of cooking, add another tablespoon of butter.

Step 5: Cook for another 2-3 minutes, until the bottom of the plantains is very golden.

Step 6: Turn over and add another tablespoon of butter.

Step 7: Cook on the second side for 4-6 minutes.

Step 8: Remove the plantains when the second side is very golden. Drain on a plate lined with kitchen paper and serve hot.


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