Fried Ripe Plantain Strips

Fried Ripe Plantain Strips

The Spruce / Julia Hartbeck

Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 15 mins
Servings: 2 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
442 Calories
29g Fat
49g Carbs
3g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 2
Amount per serving
Calories 442
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 29g 37%
Saturated Fat 2g 11%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 153mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 49g 18%
Dietary Fiber 5g 19%
Protein 3g
Calcium 36mg 3%
*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.)

Tajadas are sweet-savory strips of ripe plantain that have been fried until golden and caramelized. The word tajada means "slice," and to make tajadas the plantain is cut lengthwise into long strips. Tajadas are often served as a sort of garnish alongside a full plate of food, such as pabellon criollo.

Choose ripe plantains for this dish. They look almost black on the outside and are sweeter and less starchy than the green ones.

Ingredients

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Fried Ripe Plantain Strips ingredients

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  2. Use a sharp knife to cut the pointy tips off of each end of the plantains.

    cut the pointy tips off of each end of the plantains

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  3. Score cuts through the skin down the length of the plantain in several places.

    Score cuts through the skin down the length of the plantain

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  4. Peel the skin off the plantains, then slice each one in half lengthwise.

    Peel the skin off the plantains, then slice each one in half lengthwise

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  5. Slice each piece in half lengthwise again, resulting in four long slices from each plantain.

    slice each plantain into four long pieces

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  6. Heat the oil in a heavy skillet over medium heat and fry the plantain slices until dark golden brown on each side.

    fry plantain pieces in a skillet with oil

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  7. Drain the slices on a paper towel and sprinkle with salt. Serve warm and enjoy!

    fried plantain pieces on a paper towel lined baking sheet

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