This dish is a staple in Colombian cuisine and is incredibly easy to prepare. It's also a versatile side dish that pairs well with a variety of main courses. From its crispy texture to its sweet flavor, fried ripe plantain slices are a favorite throughout the country. If health is a concern, there are healthier options to enjoy this delightful dish.
Ripe plantain slices are perfect to accompany any meal, and they're even part of the "bandeja paisa". Common sides often include avocado, patacon (fried green plantain), salads, and sometimes simple tomato slices, along with the ripe plantain slices.
In Colombia, we love eating plantains in all possible ways – from frying green plantain slices to boiling them whole and eating them with salt and butter. When they're ripe, we fry them sliced or whole. And when they're very ripe, we cook them like in this recipe.
The best part is that no matter how you prepare a dish with plantains, it's super quick to make since they're soft, even when cooked green. So this fried slice recipe will take you just a bit more than a couple of minutes per batch you add to the skillet.
This dish is very straightforward and serves as a side to a wide range of main courses.
What other dishes can accompany fried ripe plantain slices?
These slices are versatile and pair well with various dishes. They are an excellent side for grilled meats, chicken and rice, bean soup, among others. They can also be a great breakfast choice served with scrambled eggs and coffee.
How can you ensure the plantains are just right?
To make the slices, it's essential that the plantains are perfectly ripe. They should be ripe but not overly soft. You can check their ripeness by gently pressing the skin. If it gives a little without being too mushy, they're just right.
How can you make the slices crispier?
To get crispier slices, make sure the oil is hot before adding the slices. You can also lightly dust them with wheat flour before frying for added crunch. It's also crucial not to overcrowd the skillet with too many slices, as this can cause uneven cooking.
What other ingredients can you add?
While the slices are delicious on their own, you can introduce other ingredients for added flavor. For instance, sprinkle some grated cheese over the fried slices. You can also add a bit of sugar and cinnamon to make them sweeter.
How can I make this recipe healthier?
If you want a healthier version, you can bake them instead of frying. Simply slice the plantains and arrange them on a baking tray. Drizzle some olive oil over the slices and sprinkle a little salt and pepper. Bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 20-25 minutes, or until golden and crispy.
Tips and recommendations
- Ensure the ripe plantains are perfectly ripe before making the slices.
- The oil should be properly hot before adding the slices.
- Don't overcrowd the skillet with too many slices.
I hope you enjoy it and that your plantain slices turn out great.
- 2 ripe plantains (peeled.)
- Enough oil for frying.
- Slice the plantains horizontally, to your desired thickness.
- Heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat, before adding the slices.
- Add the slices to the skillet without overcrowding, frying them for two minutes on each side until golden brown.
- Remove from the skillet and place them on paper towels to drain excess oil.