Fried Ripe Plantain Strips

Fried Plantains
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  • Total: 15 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Yield: 2 Servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
442 Calories
29g Fat
49g Carbs
3g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 2 Servings
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 alongside a full plate of food, such as pabellon criollo, like a garnish.

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


Steps to Make It

  1. Cut the pointy tips off of each end of the plantains. Use a sharp knife to score cuts through the skin down the length of the plantain in several places.

  2. Peel the skin off the plantains, then slice each one in half lengthwise. Slice each of those pieces in half lengthwise as well, so that you have four long slices from each plantain.

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

  4. Drain the slices on a paper towel and sprinkle them with salt. Serve warm.