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18 homey plantain recipes that are downright delicious

You may be confused between bananas and plantains due to their similarities, but don’t fall for that trick as they have a few key differences in flavor and usage. 

Generally, bananas typically have a long, slender shape covered by thick skin. It can be eaten raw or cooked, and it becomes sweeter and softer as it ripens.

Meanwhile, plantain is a type of banana that’s usually larger and tougher than the sweet, yellow banana which most people are familiar with. They’re also starchy, not very sweet, and not that enjoyable to eat raw. 

Today, I’m giving the spotlight to one of my favorite culinary ingredients, the plantains!

Whether plantain is baked, fried, or even grilled, this magical fruit works perfectly. It has numerous variations too,  from appetizers, sides, to main course dishes!

This Caribbean curry dish is one of my go-to vegan plantain recipes whenever I have guests who want to avoid meat. 

The combination of ripe plantain, sweet potato, bell peppers, tomatoes, kidney beans, and coconut milk offers you a flavorful burst of Caribbean flare. 

Also, it features curry powder, black pepper, pimento berries, and ground coriander that make the curry richer and savory.

Quick note: For a hint of spiciness, add some chili powder to your curry. 

Find full details of the recipe here.

2. Dominican Mangu

This recipe is a traditional Dominican dish that’s typically consumed for breakfast or dinner. If you haven’t tried one, this might just be the perfect time!

The dish mixes green plantains, lime, olive oil, butter and topped with sauteed onion and ground black pepper. It’s best when served beside your steak and roasted asparagus. Yummy!

Get the recipe here.

3. Caramelized plantains

You’ll be amazed at how easy these caramelized plantains are! The best part? It can be prepared with only four ingredients: plantains, brown sugar, cinnamon, and coconut oil!

It’s a sweet treat that’s perfect as your meal’s side dish or dessert. 

Quick tip: Pick plantains that are already ripened with black spots around them for best results. 

Check out the recipe here.

4. Nigerian plantain porridge

The key ingredient in this Nigerian plantain porridge recipe is palm oil, as it offers a rich, authentic flavor to the dish. 

The blended pepper mixture consisting of onions and red pepper enhances the smoked turkey flavor, while the oregano and curry powder give that earthy fresh flavor to the overall dish. 

If you don’t have smoked turkey, don’t worry, as smoked fish works well with this recipe too. 

Here’s the recipe.

5. Plantain fish cakes

These plantain fish cakes are delicious when served with mango slaw. The combination of two creates a burst of flavor in your mouth!

The recipe only requires plantains, fish of your choice, coconut aminos, desiccated coconut, honey, lime, and spices. 

If you’re a plantain lover, this seafood-based dish is bound to make you drool! 

Check out the recipe here.

6. Vegan plantain brownies

Plantain as an ingredient for making brownies? Why not! This sweet treat will step up your brownie game in no time with its simplicity and decadent taste. 

The star of the recipe is the plantain. However, I would like to recognize coconut sugar and cocoa powder as it brings the rich and chocolatey taste of the fruit. 

Quick tip: For best results, pick those squishy, mushy, almost-black ripe plantain for this recipe. 

Check out the recipe here.

7. Ripe plantain and coconut mini cakes

Looking for ripe plantain recipes? It’s your lucky day! 

These oven-baked sweet cakes combine ripe plantains, eggs, sugar, milk, butter, vanilla extract, baking powder, cinnamon, and grated coconut as toppings. 

The result? A mouth-watering dessert that’s perfect for any occasion. It’s more enjoyable when served with both hold or cold beverages such as hot coffee, hot chocolate, iced tea, or lemonade

Find out how to make them in this recipe.

8. Jamaican jerk chicken tacos

When it comes to Jamaican plantain recipes, I always opt for these jerk chicken tacos. 

Who doesn’t love tacos? Unlike the classic one, this version has plantains, chicken breast, mango cubes, avocado, Jalapeño, and spices, which gives the tacos that rich and savory taste. 

The presence of chili powder and cinnamon offers a special spicy kick to the recipe, while the vegetable broth gives the tacos that balanced flavor. 

Unlock this recipe and start making them now!

9. Fried plantains

On the lookout for green plantain recipes? Ta-da! FRIED PLANTAINS!

This easy appetizer requires only three ingredients to put together: cooking oil, green plantain, and salt. How was that? 

To make it more extraordinary, don’t forget to dip them into your favorite sauces such as BBQ sauce,avocado sauce, and garlic sauce

Quick tip: You can add tweaks to this recipe by putting some herbs and spices of your liking. 

Full details of the recipe here.

10. Baked plantain chips

If it’s your first time dealing with plantain, then this recipe is an excellent place to start. 

What I like about baked plantain chips is it can be flavored in different ways. Whether they’re sweet, spicy or even the combination of both, these baked plantain chips works perfectly!

Though you can find numerous baked plantain recipes online, this entree is a worth-adding to your recipe box, especially if you’re always opting for tasty snacks to enjoy at home. 

Here’s the recipe.

11. Kelewele

This African-inspired fried plantain recipe is packed with essential ingredients such as ginger, hot pepper, and salt. You can add more spices of your liking to put additional flavor to the dish. 

Every bite of this spicy treat offers you that balance of crunchiness on the outside and softness on the inside. 

I love to add them beside my lemon rice and roasted chicken. It goes well with crunchy roasted peanuts as your afternoon snack too.

Here’s the recipe.

12. Plantain lasagna

I was searching for sweet plantain recipes online when I stumbled upon this tasty lasagna. Take note that it’s not an ordinary lasagna as it uses plantains instead of lasagna noodles. 

Aside from the plantains, the ground beef sauce, cottage cheese mixture, and mozzarella distribute to the recipe’s overall flavor. 

The dish is sweet and savory enough to convince you to switch up your traditional lasagna recipe!

Find full details of the dish here.

13. Plantain tempeh breakfast hash

Start off your morning with something filling and satiating! This plantain tempeh hash combines bell peppers, black beans, vegetable broth, lime juice, and spices, resulting in a flavorful, super breakfast dish!

It’s tastier when topped with your favorite salsa or served with avocado or guacamole on its side. You can even wrap them up in a tortilla!

Learn how to make them in this recipe.

14. Caribbean nachos

Ditch the classic nachos and take a shot on this Caribbean version filled with crispy and deep-fried green plantain, red chili sauce, pulled pork, and pinto beans. 

And whether you serve these nachos to your family or a game-day crowd, this dish is bound to be a winner!

If you need more than six servings or want to have leftovers for the rest of the week, feel free to double the recipe.

Get the recipe here.

15. Tostones with garlic sauce

Upgrade your ordinary fried green plantains or tostones by dunking them into this aromatic garlic dipping sauce. 

Ideal as a meal appetizer, these tostones come together in just several minutes; it’s also full of pantry staples that you may already have on hand. 

These little delights also pair exceptionally well with pork, Puerto chicken, rice, or black beans. 

Here’s the recipe.

16. Cheesy Caribbean plantain gratin

Is there any dish out there that’s ever tasted bad with cheddar cheese? I say no. 

This Caribbean plantain gratin recipe features creamy goodness that will make you think it’s a pure definition of comfort on a plate. 

Meanwhile, the béchamel sauce, consisting of milk, butter, flour and garlic, nutmeg, and dried thyme, lends plenty of flavor profile to this divine plantain. 

Get the recipe here.

17. Fried plantain arañitas

Ready to spice up your green plantains? These crunchy, fried arañitas are well worth the try. 

Simply gather the essential ingredients such as green plantains, garlic salt, and oil. Peel the plantains and grate into strips. Smash them together to form into bites, then fry until golden brown.  

There’s plenty of room to customize this little snack to what you have on hand. You can add red onions and chopped chives into the mix for extra flavor or sprinkle some cilantro leaves at the end for better presentation. 

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18. Plantain salsa

Looking for a more flavorful way to enjoy plantain? Then consider the plantain salsa! Spread this spicy sauce with a citrus vinaigrette on a chicken taco, and you’ll never go back to your regular salsa again. 

Don’t limit yourself; add and subtract ingredients depending on your taste to create your very own go-to salsa recipe. 

More details about this recipe here.

The bottom line

It’s true that bananas and plantains come from the same family of plants. But keep in mind that the latter has different culinary usage and very distinct in terms of flavor profiles than the former. Either way, they’re both wonderful fruits!

If you have some plantain recipes, feel free to share them with us in the comment section below! 

18 Best Ways To Cook Plantains

18 Best Ways To Cook Plantains

Here are the 13 of my best and plantain recipes on hand. Learn how to make them all at home now!

Ingredients

  • Vegan Caribbean plantain curry
  • Dominican Mangu
  • Caramelized plantains
  • Nigerian plantain porridge
  • Plantain fish cakes
  • Vegan plantain brownies
  • Ripe plantain and coconut mini cakes
  • Jamaican jerk chicken tacos
  • Fried plantains
  • Baked plantain chips
  • Kelewele
  • Plantain lasagna
  • Plantain tempeh breakfast hash
  • Caribbean nachos
  • Tostones with garlic sauce
  • Cheesy Caribbean plantain gratin
  • Fried plantain arañitas
  • Plantain salsa

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