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Aranitas de platano (fried plantain fritters) fully cooked and served on a white platter with a side of mayoketchup.
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5 from 2 votes

Arañitas de Platano Verde

Arañitas de Platano Verde are a delicious fun quick appetizer, snack or side dish and absolutely perfect anytime!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: Puerto Rican
Keyword: little spiders, plantain fritters
Servings: 4
Calories: 269kcal
Author: Mexican Appetizers and More


  • 2 plantains peeled and shredded
  • ½ tsp adobo
  • ground pepper sprinkled
  • 2 cups vegetable oil for frying

MayoKetchup Sauce

  • 2 tbsp ketchup
  • 2 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 clove garlic minced or ½ tsp garlic powder


MayoKetchup Sauce

  • Combine the ketchup, mayo and garlic in a small bowl and mix well with a fork.
    Set aside until ready to use.


  • Cut the ends of plantains and discard.
    Using a knife score the plantain lengthwise, careful not to cut into the flesh.
    Using the tip of your thumb or the tip of the knife, gently pry the skin to lift the skin a little. 
    Then slip your thumb under skin to start peeling skin off.
  • Once skin is peeled off the plantains, cut plantains in half.
  • Using a grater, take one half at a time and grate plantain lengthwise to produce long strands.
    Repeat with other half of plantain.
    Repeat same procedure with second plantain.
  • Add shredded plantain to a mixing bowl. Add adobo and ground pepper.

Frying Arañitas

  • In a large skillet, add the oil and heat over medium high heat.
  • Once oil is hot, add two tablespoons of the shredded plantain to a larger spoon to help easily and gently lay in oil.
    Repeat procedure with three to four more batches of shredded plantains. (DO NOT overcrowd pan!)
  • Cook on one side for 3 minutes and flip over with a spoon or spatula.
    Cook for another 3 minutes.
    Drain fritters on paper towels.
    Serve immediately with mayoketchup sauce.


It is commonly assumed you need to press the shredded plantains into a ball before adding to oil so they do not fall apart. However, for extra fluffy arañitas, simply add two tablespoons of shredded plantains to a large spoon and make sure oil is hot before adding the batches. This prevents them from falling apart and produces the most perfect fluffy arañitas.


Serving: 4g | Calories: 269kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 111g | Saturated Fat: 89g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 240mg | Potassium: 480mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 1059IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 1mg