Nom!! It’s hard to not like sweet plantains. If you’re not familiar with plantains, they’re like a heartier version of bananas – they’re usually a bit bigger and the skin is a bit tougher to peel and they are slightly less sweet. They’re also delicious as you can bring out their sweetness by cooking them and caramelizing the sugar in them. They also don’t fall apart unlike bananas when cooked.
I made these simple pan fried sweet plantain strips to go with some slow cooker pork. They went perfect together.
–> THE PREPARATION Get some sweet plantains (these are yellow ones and in fact, the blacker the outside of the plantains, the sweeter they are!). Peel them by chopping off the ends and then peeling the skin off with your hands (it’s a bit more difficult than banana skin).
Slice the plantains into thin strips. I chopped each plantain into 3 chunks and then sliced each chunk into 4 thin strips.
FRYING PLANTAINS Place 4 tablespoons of coconut oil into a frying pan on a low heat. Add in the plantain strips so that they’re not overlapping.
Let the plantains cook gently on a low heat for 10-15 minutes and then flip them.
Cook gently for around 30-40 minutes until they’re soft and golden (it’ll take less time if you’re using sweeter plantains, i.e., they’re really black on the outside).