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Spicy Fried Plantains

  • Prep 5 min
  • Total 20 min
  • Ingredients 5
  • Servings 60
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Ingredients

1/2
cup vegetable oil
1/4
teaspoon salt
1/2
teaspoon paprika powder
1/2
teaspoon chili powder
2
green plantains, peeled and cut into long pieces (like French fries)

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
15.4
% Daily Value
Total Fat
0.9g
1%
Saturated Fat
0.1g
0%
Sodium
10.6mg
0%
Total Carbohydrate
1.9g
1%
Dietary Fiber
0.2g
1%
Sugars
0.9g
Protein
0.1g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin C
1.80%
2%
Calcium
0%
0%
Iron
0.20%
0%
Exchanges:
Free
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Nutrition information for this recipe is estimated using a leading nutrition calculation application, but is an estimate only.  Actual nutrition values will vary based on the exact ingredients or brands you may use.

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Expert Tips

The easiest way to peel a plantain is to cut it in half, then carefully cut a line laterally with the knife. Use your hands to remove the peel.

Make sure to use a green plantain with no more than a few dark spots, but the greener the better.

Directions

  • 1 In a 10-in frying pan, heat vegetable oil on medium-high heat.
  • 2 Mix the salt, paprika and chili powder, set aside.
  • 3 Carefully, submerge a batch of plantain strips in the oil, be careful to not leave them stacked on top of one another. Fry for a few seconds until golden. Then, carefully flip them.
  • 4 Once they are golden brown on all sides, remove them from the oil and place them on a plate lined with paper towels to remove the excess oil. Immediately sprinkle them with the mixture of chili powder and salt.
  • 5 Repeat with the remaining batch of plantain strips.
  • 6 Serve immediately.

Using plantains to replace French fries is a brilliant idea. The consistency of green plantains is very similar to that of a potato, and when you fry them in hot oil, they brown very easily and the taste is very similar. A few days ago, I made them for my kids and they didn't even notice that I used plantains. Serve them just as you would French fries, with ketchup, salsa or salt. This time I wanted a bit of heat so I sprinkled them with chili powder, paprika and salt. Delicious!

Rate and Comment

Silvia Martinez Silvia Martinez
September 20, 2016

Using plantains to replace French fries is a brilliant idea. The consistency of green plantains is very similar to that of a potato, and when you fry them in hot oil, they brown very easily and the taste is very similar. A few days ago, I made them for my kids and they didn't even notice that I used plantains. Serve them just as you would French fries, with ketchup, salsa or salt. This time I wanted a bit of heat so I sprinkled them with chili powder, paprika and salt. Delicious!