Plantain Recipes

Recipes for Green and Ripe Plantains

Fried Ripe Plantains Recipe

 The Spruce

When it comes to staple foods in the Caribbean, plantains are as popular as rice. Plantains are grown all over the islands and are used in all kinds of recipes from desserts to savory dishes.


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  • 01 of 05

    Tostones (Twice Fried Green Plantain Chips)


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    Plantains are a staple in the Latin Caribbean diet. They are prepared in many different ways, but tostones are the quickest and easiest. It’s a perfect recipe for beginners. Add this mojito garlic dipping sauce for more flavor.

  • 02 of 05

    Jibarito (Plantain Sandwich)

    jibarito sandwich

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    In Puerto Rico, “jibaro” is a reference to the island's rural, agrarian population, but in Chicago, a plantain sandwich (jibarito) is a unique and original sandwich created by Puerto Rican immigrants. Its distinguishing feature is the replacement of bread with smashed fried plantains.

    Our jibarito version has a roast beef filling with Swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato, and seasoned mayonnaise. You can make these large or small for party sandwiches.

  • 03 of 05

    Mofongo Stuffing (Green Plantain Turkey Stuffing)


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    Green plantain turkey stuffing, also called Mofongo Stuffing, is an excellent alternative to the traditional breaded and meat stuffing associated with a ​Thanksgiving turkey. This mouthwatering stuffing is made from plantains, bacon, garlic, and ajíces dulces (sweet chili peppers).

  • 04 of 05

    Sweet Fried Ripe Plantains

    Fried ripe plaintains

    The Spruce

    The key to an excellent plate of sweet fried ripe plantains is to ensure that the plantains are at the right degree of ripeness. The skin should be almost black or in some cases, have a dull yellow color with patches of black. The riper the plantain, the sweeter.

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  • 05 of 05

    Cuban Fufu (Sweet Plantain Stuffing) Recipe

    Close-Up Of Bananas Growing On Tree

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    This Cuban fufu recipe is similar to mofongo stuffing (a green plantain stuffing), but the recipe calls for ripe plantains. If you don’t like green plantains, you can make this sweet plantain stuffing mashed with bacon and onion. This recipe makes a sweet yet savory turkey dressing or side dish.