Platanos Fritos (Puerto Rican Sweet Plantains) make the perfect side dish to any meal. With just two ingredients, you cannot go wrong with these! (Gluten-free and Paleo)
Platanos Fritos (Puerto Rican Sweet Plantains) is one of the easiest side dishes you will ever come across in Latin cooking, as well as one of the most delicious! Really you can’t go wrong here!
I don’t think I have ever meant anyone who has never had Puerto Rican Sweet Plantains and didn’t like them!
They just have a delicious sweet flavor that is not overbearing in any way with any dish! And they’re so easy to make!
Around the world these are known by different names.
For example in Peru, they are called chifles, in Bolivia, they are known as chipilo and in Puerto Rico, they are called platanos fritos, amarillos or maduros.
Platanos Fritos (Puerto Rican Sweet Plantains) are not only the perfect side dish but also makes a great snack!
As a kid my mom would always make these for me as a quick snack.
Platanos fritos are just so easy, economical and delicious!
How to Tell When Plantains are Ripe
If you have never worked with plantains then it’s important to note that in order to make platanos fritos, you need to use ripe plantains.
What does that mean?
Before plantains ripen they are green, then they will turn yellow and when they’re perfectly ripened, will have black spots.
In other words, if you are lucky enough to leave in a part of the world where you easily find plantains in your local grocery store, you will need to purchase the darken plantains.
These are the ones you want to buy to make these delicious platanos fritos.
- 2 ripe plantains
- 1/4 cup of vegetable or canola oil
How to Make Platanos Fritos (Puerto Rican Sweet Plantains)
- Begin with cutting the ends off of plantains.
- Using a knife slit each plantain down the middle until just below the skin.
- Then cut slices on the diagonal.
- Add oil to a skillet and heat over medium heat.
- When oil is hot, add a few plantain slices at a time.
- Cook until golden brown on one side and then flip slices with a fork to cook on the other side.
- Drain on paper towels.
What to Serve Platanos Fritos With
Here are some delicious options:
Puerto Rican Rice (Puerto Rican Yellow Rice with Corn)
Pollo Guisado (Puerto Rican Chicken Stew)
Bistec a la Mexicana (Mexican Beef)
Arroz Mamposteao (“Dirty Rice” and Beans)
For More Plantain Dishes
You will also love these other plantain dishes.
Canoas de Platano (Stuffed Plantains)
Bolon de Verde (Green Plantains Fritters)
Pastelón (Puerto Rican Plantain “Lasagna”)
Garlic Tostones (Fried Garlic Plantains)
Fried Plantains Recipe (with Monterey Cheese)
Platanos Fritos (Puerto Rican Sweet Plantains)
- 2 ripe plantains ends cut and plantain peeled and cut into slices
- 1/4 cup vegetable or canola oil
- Begin with cutting the ends off of plantains.Using a knife slit each plantain down the middle until just below the skin.Then cut slices on the diagonal.
- Add oil to a skillet and heat over medium heat.When oil is hot, add a few plantain slices at a time.Cook until golden brown on one side and then flip slices with a fork to cook on the other side.Drain on paper towels.
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