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Spicy Fried Plantains

Spicy Fried Plantains
  • Prep 5 min
  • Total 20 min
  • Ingredients 5
  • Servings 60
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!

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)

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.

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.

Nutrition Information

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More About This Recipe

  • 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!
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