… Plantains and bananas are closely related; in fact, plantains are a member of the banana family. Question: What is the best way to glaze cooking plantains? The skin will come off in 4 whole pieces. Comfort Babatola (author) from Bonaire, GA, USA on March 06, 2013: @vespawoolf - Fried plantains are everybody's favorite. Esther Strong from UK on February 06, 2014: I have always fried plaintain in the past but have been concerned of the health implications so knowing other ways of cooking them as you've presented here is very useful. Do this along the “seams” of the plantain, a total of 4 times. They are almost all yellow, I have them hanging in my back yard. This combo makes a great breakfast meal that is both sweet and healthy. iruvanti from U.S.A on February 17, 2012: In India green plaintains are treated as a vegetable. dinkan53 from India on February 17, 2012: Love banana chips. I bought one today and wasn't sure what I wanted to do with it. Comfort Babatola (author) from Bonaire, GA, USA on June 16, 2013: @AliciaC - I'm glad you find this useful and convincing. Just yesterday, I had fried plantain twice, with eggs for breakfast, then with rice and beans for lunch. I’ve included a recipe here for garlic-flavored chips, but they’re equally wonderful with a simple sprinkle of salt or lime zest, cayenne, or chili powder. Girl, I'm glad you don't have that problem anyone! Plantains can also be grilled or baked. Comfort Babatola (author) from Bonaire, GA, USA on February 17, 2012: @viking305 - I'm so glad you stumbled on this. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Trust me, you can’t just eat one. Place peeled, whole fruits in the oven. Plantain can be eaten anytime (breakfast, lunch, or dinner). When cooking plantains, it's important to be able to identify whether it is ripe. Our cuisines are really not that different as we also savor lots of spices like you do. Question: What is the best way to cook a plantain that is too ripe? It could be used as a meat substitute (when peeled and cut in chunks) in a collard green soup. :-). Ripe plantains are sweet like a banana, without the banana flavor. I've used butter before. Like when you bite into it raw, you get that sweet but firm texture. Those edges are my favorite! Vegetable oil (whichever type you prefer). I've been hearing a lot about them lately. They are done when they become golden brown. That’s because plantains are starchier, contain less sugar than bananas and are much more versatile as a cooking ingredient. As they go from green to yellow to brown to black, they become ... Peel the plantains. Also tastes great with scrambled eggs. Peggy from Oahu, Hawai'i on November 20, 2011: My co worker gave me a bunch of plaintains from her back yard, and I had no idea how to cook them. Allan Philip from Toronto on May 01, 2013: How nice of you to write about plantains; I once had an iron deficiency and was told by my physician's nurse to eat lots of plantains. I was shopping during this pandemic and no bananas so I. Thank you again. I've been having all sorts of plantain dishes since there's an abundance of it this time of the year. Boiled plantains taste a bit like a sweet potato. Rachael Tate from England on September 24, 2014: I love fried plantain but can never get it right when I try it at home. Question: How would the plantain be cooked to put on fish tacos? … I hope it turns out right and delicious. It's used in soup and beans recipes. Yours looks amazing! Answer: You can use it as a substitute in recipes that calls for bananas. It can then be reheated in an oven at low heat when ready to eat. This content is created and maintained by a third party, and imported onto this page to help users provide their email addresses. The question should be how not to eat a plantain! Not even the produce clerks in grocery stores that carry these can tell you how to prepare plantains, so I've never been brave enough to try them. These plantain recipes are great for all occasions. Very well appreciated. Bake for about 30 to 40 minutes, turning occasionally to achieve an even roast. Heat oil in a 5-quart heavy pot over moderate heat until a deep-fry thermometer registers 375°F. Jean Bakula from New Jersey on April 09, 2013: Thanks for a new look for plantains. Angel Guzman from Joliet, Illinois on September 19, 2017: Comfort Babatola (author) from Bonaire, GA, USA on September 24, 2014: Hey Rachael. HAha.. Especially when it’s green. Drain plantains and pat dry. The simplest preparation for plantains, green or ripe, is fried. Question: I grate green plantain and fry like a rosti, can I use the same method for yellow plantain? If you have trouble prying it with your fingers, just use the knife again. Many people think a ripe plantain is a plantain that has gone bad, but that’s when they are their sweetest! Very well appreciated. Thanks so much for stopping by, reading and commenting. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to a plate lined with paper towels, sprinkle with salt and granulated garlic. Ambiga Jeyaratnaraja from India on September 25, 2013: Oh so much we can do with plantains. I am so grateful to you for these plantain recipes. As you rightly said, ripe plantain can be fried. forgive me. Voted up and awesome. Whichever method you choose to prepare your plantains, one thing is certain: you and your family will enjoy eating them! I hope your son will find the grilling and baking methods even more delicious. Comfort Babatola (author) from Bonaire, GA, USA on May 02, 2013: @chocomaggie - Here on Hubpages, we learn new things everyday. Fried, ripe plantains, on the other hand, tend to be very sweet and soft. Leaving the skin on, cut the plantains into 2-inch chunks. You know, where the pineapples and coconuts hang out? Drain plantains and pat dry. Question: Can I mash plantains after boiling or roasting them and then fry them? The difference is seasoning. Comfort Babatola (author) from Bonaire, GA, USA on March 10, 2013: Thanks cbarbar for your comments. My favorite snack: roasted or grilled plantain with Spanish peanuts. Yvonne L. B. from South Louisiana on June 01, 2011: I've always wanted to try plantains, but didn't know how to cook them. HOW TO MAKE THEM. We recently made Magic Plantain Tortillas and Paleo Chinese Dumplings with a green plantain (underripe plantain… Important: Don’t slice them thin. All the same great piece. I'm glad you can now try baking or grilling your plantains. Chifles. If you got 2 correct answers: You did good, but you need to familiarize yourself more with plantain by reading this hub. A one-half-cup serving of sliced plantains, either cooked or raw, has about 24 grams of carbohydrates. Thanks for the very informative hub post! Plantains are indigenous to the tropical regions of Southeast Asia. Fiber softens your stool … Plantains hold a special place in my heart. I am going to roast my plan Taine in the oven today and have it with my rice and beans that I'm also going to make a nice salad. Plantains can be found all over the Caribbean and Central America, but they were not always native to these areas. No additional ingredients are needed. As a child, I’ve had many a dinnertime battle over the last tostone (fried plantain). If you're a plantain lover, this seafood-based dish is bound to make you drool! Frying is the most popular method of cooking plantains, although some people are gradually beginning to move away from this method due to health concerns. Question: Can you bake plantains in the skin? Cover and simmer for about 15 to 20 minutes. Once cooked, unripe green plantains have the dense, starchy texture of taro. Plantains are often processed to create food products like chips, fries, and tostones—delicious twice-fried rounds of green plantains—and their sweeter fried cousins, maduros. I hope I can make it.. Haha.. The edges caramelize and become crispy like the edges of pancakes cooked in butter. Comfort Babatola (author) from Bonaire, GA, USA on November 21, 2011: Hairybizness - Thanks for stopping by. This is why I affectionally call it “the incredible edible plantain.”. I also make a salad out of the plantain heart. I love to pair fried sweet plantains with a side of beans and rice. Green plantain is said to be high in iron, so some may prefer to boil green plantain in order to benefit from the iron. Please, continue reading the hub for plantain cooking tips. When plantain is cooked or boiled, these enzymes reacts with oxygen that turns the plantain water to a dark (brown or black) color. For a lower-fat dish, peel and chop green plantains into chunks, then boil them for 20 to 30 minutes with a pinch of salt. For added flavor and texture, garnish the mashed plantains with cilantro or fresh parsley. Once a lady behind me at the checkout lane asked the cashier what those are (referring to plantain). Thank you for stopping by and commenting. Try These Simple Substitutes, Looking for Nutmeg Substitutes? Roasting in the oven or something I never thought up although I roast sweet potatoes all the time :-). Once you have pried off an entire section of the peel, you can pry the rest of the skin by lifting it and running your fingers under the skin. I wanna cook for my Nigerian BF. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment. Unlike a banana, plantains contain much more starch than sugar and are almost always served cooked. If they are all black, it’s too late. Everything You Need to Know About Turmeric. Question: If I sprinkle a little sea salt on the plantains will they still have the sweet taste? Fried plantains can also be eaten plain, in a soup or stew, or as a side dish with rice and beans. Comfort Babatola (author) from Bonaire, GA, USA on December 17, 2019: Thank you Ginette Guay for your comment. But when you pick it up, you realize it’s bigger, firmer and has a thick skin. Put 2 tablespoons (28 g) of butter into a … Again, try your best not to cut the plantain itself. Although a ripe one is easier to peel than a green one, it’s still best to follow the same steps above. The Pioneer Woman participates in various affiliate marketing programs, which means we may get paid commissions on editorially chosen products purchased through our links to retailer sites. Comfort Babatola (author) from Bonaire, GA, USA on June 06, 2018: You are so very welcome. And yes, they can also be roasted and boiled-mashed-&-fried as you described. I do not know where to buy them.. but if I do I will know how to cook them thank you. Everyone around us were tuned in once I started talking. You're probably right. i won't say my name on November 09, 2018: this is amazing info i am doing a project for school so i use this web for info..... Faill (my tag, nothing to do w/ you) on July 18, 2018: Great job on this article! Have to try the grilled banana soon. Your detailed and very interesting hub has convinced me to try them! If you do not have a grill or an open charcoal pit, you can roast plantains in the oven. You'll just have a sweet rosti style plantain. Best snack ever. This … One fries some green plantains rounds, then smashes them with a heavy bottomed glass then fries them again. I've also tried a mixture of coconut oil with a pinch of salt (optional) and cayenne pepper. Question: Why does the plantain water turn black after boiling it? Thelma Alberts from Germany and Philippines on May 28, 2018: I love plantain. Thank you very much Babatola. They are usually turned into. Answer: It all depends on your preference. Personally, I prefer roasting in the oven because then I don't have to deal with the smoke from the grill or pit, but I get the same delicious results—if not better. Plantain Tortillas. Guess what? As I’ve mentioned before, my favorite is tostones—crispy on the outside and starchy on the inside, kind of like french fries. Voted up and interesting. Too mushy. In fact, as much as I’ve moved around in my adult life, I always joke and say I’ll live anywhere as long as I am within a 5-mile radius of plantains. I'm glad you found this useful. It need to be just right. I am a big fan of plantains and have cooked them in a number of different ways. curious about this weird food my nigerian friend makes as a quick breadlike "stuff" she made in a pot (didn' like it at all) Thanks again. Typically, plantains have to be purchased green and left to ripen on the counter. There are some important differences between the two fruits, though. Answer: Yes, you can. Glad you find this useful. I've never tried it though. I am Romanian, so not accustomed to plantain, but I ate it around, and loved it, so I need to cook it myself :). Most grocery store now carry them. At first glance, it looks like a banana. If you choose fried green plantains, a one-half-cup serving has about 29 grams of carbohydrates, along with almost 7 grams of added fat. iguidenetwork from Austin, TX on April 21, 2013: I might try your plantains and eggs and salsa. Green plantain in chips usually have sugar added to it. Always delicious however it's cooked. Ripe plantain is yellow, tastes sweet and can be eaten raw. Comfort Babatola (author) from Bonaire, GA, USA on July 30, 2012: @FreezeFrame34 - Now you know what to do next time. Your article is very educative although I think boiled plantain is the healthiest since the skin helps retain the nutrients. Turn the heat back on the pan, and add an additional 2 Tbsp coconut oil. I like them fried (of course) and grilled, but I've never thought to roast them in the oven. Heat oil in a 5-quart heavy pot over moderate heat until a deep-fry thermometer registers 375°F. After they’re done, drizzle them with olive oil or mash them up. There are many, many ways to eat a plantain and it all depends on where it lands on the ripeness scale. The dish is called "nool appam" in malayam....it is my favourite too. So, speaking of sweet plantains, you can also purchase plantains when they’re green, making them super versatile for the flavors you’re going for. I once bought a green unripe plantain at a store thinking it was a banana. https://www.thespruceeats.com/latin-plantain-recipes-2137991 As they ripen, the starches turn into sugars, and when fried, the sugars caramelize and create sweet crispy edges. Keep on. Careful though, it's addictive! I'm not fun of cooking I swear! Place them over a grill or open fire pit until they're golden-brown. Deborah Brooks Langford from Brownsville,TX on October 17, 2012: I have never tried a plantain.. they look like bananas.. awesome ideas...My hubby is from kerala (India) where deep frying the bananas is a very popular way of cooking them. Comfort Babatola (author) from Bonaire, GA, USA on April 19, 2020: @Jams - Thanks for stopping by. Thinly slice plantains into chips with a mandoline. I mostly cook them or fry them. So grab some plantains and trying your hand at making plantain chips! Peeled green plantains may take up to 25 minutes to cook. Directions. They are handy as a quick snack or they can be incorporated into a delicious breakfast or main meal. Here's What to Know, Shortening Substitutes You Likely Already Have, Molasses Swaps to Use for Your Holiday Baking, Don't Have Cloves? Soak in a bowl of salted cold water for 30 minutes. We can learn so much. To make the turkey a la mexicana I put I can of diced tomatoes, 2 cloves garlic, 1/2 white onion and 1 jalapeño in the blender and pour it over the meat and it thickens as it cooks with salt and pepper to taste. Cut the fruit into chunks, cubes, or coins. You need to start with green plantains, the yellow ones are sweeter and won’t work for this recipe. Digestive health. This recipe is similar to my Green Banana Blaffrecipe. It is said that this method allows the fruit to retain all of its nutrients (unlike when they're boiled or fried). Benefits of Eating Plantains. Love trying new recipes from other cultures. Question: Can you put plantains in the microwave? Thanks for your useful hub. Rinse the unpeeled plantains to remove any dirt residue. Great hub. Check out more cooking tips in this hub. Leaving the skin on, cut the plantains into 2-inch chunks. @phildazz - It really does help with iron deficiency, especially the green unripe plantain. Rinse the unpeeled plantains to remove any dirt residue. Another alternative to potatoes are green plantain fries. If you got between 0 and 1 correct answer: Seems you're not so familiar with plantain. Then fry it. Just fried some this morning. I'm sure they'll be delicious. I would try to do some of your tutorials :). These plantain fish cakes are delicious when served with mango slaw. Hi, loved this hub of yours. Thanks for the tips! Boiled Green Plantains cooked in a delicious and spicy sauce seasoned with Noubess Hot and Spicy Mango Sauce, spices, and Noubess Infused Extra-Virgin Lemon Olive Oil. When green, they are very starchy and are best served as tostones, which are twice-fried plantains. “Chifles” means “chips” in Spanish and it normally refers to plantain chips. The answer key is below. L M Reid from Ireland on February 17, 2012: I must admit I had never heard of plantains before I read this article. Different people like to slice it differently. They fight intestinal diseases. The recipe only requires plantains, fish of your choice, coconut aminos, desiccated coconut, honey, lime, and spices. Fried Nigerian Kpekere pronounced k-per-re are unripe green plantains sliced thin, fried in oil and sprinkled with salt served as a snack, think potato chips. Answer: Yes. Thank you so much! Before taking the fried chips , pour a mixture of water and salt into it. Green plantain has a plain taste and is never eaten raw. Plantains are usually bigger and thicker skinned than bananas. Very well appreciated. I would prefer not fried. Plantains are tasty baked or fried. Slice off the tips of the plantain cut the fruit in three or four chunks and remove the skin. Because plantains have less sugar and more starch than regular bananas, they are generally cooked before they are consumed. Answer: Plantains are a good source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, and are very low in Saturated Fat, Cholesterol and Sodium. Thanks for SHARING. However, green plantains, either raw or cooked and then cooled, provide varying amounts of resistant starch which act similar to fiber. Saute slices to soften them, then smash them with your fist and pan-fry them again for tostones. That reminds me, I've got some just like that that I need to prepare for breakfast, to eat with some eggs and salsa serving. Remove skins. Looks good and healthy. thank you sweetheart. Question: Is it better to boil plantains when they are green or after they ripen? Instructions. Fry for 30 to 45 seconds or until golden. I like to keep a few plantains in my kitchen at all times. Question: What are the nutritional value(s) of plantains? When buying plantains, stay away from those that are overly ripe and mushy. Plantains look like bananas, but unlike their doppelganger, plantains are almost always cooked before they're eaten. Try These 9 Spices. Question: Can sliced plantains be breaded before baking? 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