The heavenly plantain! We fry it, we boil it, we grill it and we bake it. No matter how we prepare it, plantains are a must in Colombian kitchens.
These green plantains fries are absolutely delicious. You could serve them as a side dish, or you could give them to your kids to snack on after school. They don’t take very long to prepare at all.
I remember my mom making these plátano verde fries for me when I was growing up, and I loved them, and I was a very, very picky eater.
The best thing about these plantain fries is that they can be fried or baked. I included both recipes below. I personally prefer the frying method, but if you are trying to eat healthy, the oven method is perfect for you.
(4 to 6 servings)
- 4 large green plantains
- Sea salt
- Vegetable oil for frying or non stick cooking spray for baking
- Peel the plantains. Cut each plantain into thick wedges.
- Frying method: Heat the oil in a medium pot over medium heat. Line a plate with paper towels and set aside.
- Fry in batches, turning frequently, until golden brown, about 30 seconds. Remove to the plate lined with paper towels and season immediately with the sea salt.
- For baking method: Adjust an oven rack to the lowest position and preheat the oven to 475 degrees F.
- Cover a large baking sheet with parchment paper and apply cooking spray. Arrange the plantain fries in a single layer on the baking sheet and cover the sheet tightly with foil. Bake for 5 minutes, then remove the foil and continue to bake for 10 minutes. Rotate the pan and cook another 5 minutes, until the underside of the plantains are spotty golden brown.
- Remove the baking sheet from the oven and scrape the fries loose with a spatula. Then use tongs or the spatula to flip over each wedge. Continue to bake until the fries are golden and crisp, about 5 minutes more.