Bananos Calados (Colombian-Style Fried Bananas)

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Bananos Calados Colombianos

This delicious, Bananos Calados dessert will make the perfect finale to any Colombian meal. It is best served warm over vanilla ice cream.




  • 4 small bananas, firm with no spots and peeled
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 4 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh orange zest
  • ½ cup fresh orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • Vanilla ice cream for serving
  • banano-calados or Colombian Fried Bananas


  1. Cut the bananas in half crosswise.
  2. In a large nonstick pan over medium heat. Add the butter and cook for 1 minute. Add the bananas, brown sugar, water and cinnamon stick. Cook the bananas, turning constantly during 5 minutes.
  3. Reduce the heat to medium low. Add the orange juice and orange peel and cook 5 more minutes, discard cinnamon stick and serve with vanilla ice cream.
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  1. says

    Was at the Caribana festival (1 of the many events) in Toronto 2 nights ago to do some media coverage and to assist my sister with a food stall she had. The stall next to her’s were run by some (not sure if there’s a right word to use, but they were of Latin origin). They ended up teaching me something similar. they were peeling ripe plantins and cooking them in hot oil (deep fry). The most amazing thing ever. Yep.. they shared some with me.

    I’ll try your banana suggestion soon.

  2. Rebecca says

    can you use panela instead of the brown sugar? If so, do you first melt it down beforehand? Sounds like a really good recipe!
    @Chris de La Rosa:
    Plantains are soo good! But aren’t they more of a potato than a banana? An African recipe I was taught was to take plantains and put them into a frying pan with lots of vegetable oil and onions, adding garlic to it near the end. (you can add chili powder to make it taste more spicy) but this one tastes sweet!

    • Erica says

      Rebecca- My grandmother made them with panela. I made this recipe with brown sugar, because in the USA is easier to find it.

  3. says

    hey i love platanos fritos, bu what is that sause you put over the bananas? i have a project in spanish next week, and i picture you put up looks really delicious.

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