Thai Fried Bananas (Kluai Khaek)

Thai Fried Bananas (Goreng Pisang)

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Prep: 12 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 22 mins
Servings: 4 to 5 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
516 Calories
35g Fat
49g Carbs
4g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 5
Amount per serving
Calories 516
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 35g 45%
Saturated Fat 5g 23%
Cholesterol 37mg 12%
Sodium 214mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 49g 18%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Total Sugars 13g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 8mg 41%
Calcium 14mg 1%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 384mg 8%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Fried bananas are a popular dessert and snack food in Thailand and throughout Southeast Asia. The dish is also known as goreng pisang in Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, and surrounding countries.

It can be challenging to make fried bananas as good as those sold by street food vendors in Thailand and elsewhere. That said, this recipe is as close as it can get and earns rave reviews from Thai and Singaporean taste testers. Fried bananas can be served with coconut ice cream, but vanilla ice cream works, too. Or, if you're a purist, just enjoy them hot from the pan.

This recipe is a great way to use up old bananas and kids love this treat.

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Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup sunflower oil or other neutral frying oil, more as needed

  • 2 to 4 regular bananas (or 6 to 8 mini sweet bananas)

  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1/4 plus 1/3 cup rice flour, more as needed, divided

  • 1/4 cup cornstarch

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 3 tablespoons dried shredded unsweetened coconut, more as needed, divided

  • 1/3 cup cold water

  • 1/3 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 large egg

  • Few drops vanilla

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Thai Fried Bananas (Goreng Pisang) Recipe ingredients

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  2. Heat a wok or skillet with oil about 3/4 to 1-inch deep.

    oil in a skillet

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  3. Meanwhile, prepare the bananas by peeling and slicing them in half. Then slice each section in half again, but lengthwise this time.

    peeled and cut bananas

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  4. In a medium mixing bowl, place all-purpose flour, 1/4 cup of rice flour, cornstarch, salt, and 2 tablespoons of the shredded coconut and stir to combine.

    all-purpose flour, rice flour, cornstarch, salt, and shredded coconut in a bowl

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  5. In a measuring cup, mix together cold water with baking soda until dissolved and pour into bowl with flour mixture.

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  6. Add the egg and the vanilla. Stir well until fully combined.

    add egg and vanilla to the flour mixture

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  7. Place remaining 1/3 cup rice flour in a separate, dry bowl and add remaining one tablespoon shredded coconut. Mix well and set next to the batter.

    rice flour and shredded coconut in a bowl

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  8. Dip banana pieces first in the batter, then gently dredge them in the rice flour-coconut mixture. This last step helps firm up the batter and is the secret to creating a crisp, rather than soggy, coating. (Depending on the size of your bananas, you might need to make more of this rice flour-coconut mixture.) You're now ready for frying.

    dip bananas into flour and batter

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  9. Make sure the oil is hot (350 to 375 F). You can test it with a breadcrumb. If it sizzles and cooks within a few seconds, the oil is hot enough for frying.

    frying oil in a skillet

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  10. Carefully place coated bananas in the hot oil. Fry approximately 1 minute per side, or until batter puffs up slightly and turns light- to medium-golden brown. Remove from heat and drain on paper towel.

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  11. Serve your fried bananas as soon as possible as is, or with a side of coconut or vanilla ice cream. For a fancier presentation, place them on a serving platter and sprinkle with confectioners' sugar.

    Thai Fried Bananas (Goreng Pisang) in a bowl

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