Is there anything better than a crispy fried plantain? These are a great alternative to more traditional grain-free carbohydrate options like sweet potatoes or squash. If you are looking for something new, a crispy pan fried plantain is another great option! They make a great breakfast side or an amazing snack paired with your favorite dip, like guacamole. Here’s how you make them:
- One large ripe plantain
- Cut the ends off the plantain and cut a slit in the peel lengthwise all the way down the plantain
- Peel off the skin. You may need to cut it off if it doesn’t peel easily.
- Cut into circles (coins) about the width of your thumb. If you like cleaner looking circles you can cut them thinner but I like mine to be a bit messy looking at the end.
- Heat up some coconut oil or bacon fat in a frying pan (I think cast iron works best)
- Place your coins in the oil and cook until the bottoms are golden brown and crispy.
- Flip the coins and cook until the other side is golden brown.
- Using the back of a spoon flatten the coins out. If you left them thick this will result in an imperfect circle shape like the ones pictured below.
- Cook on each side for another couple of minutes to brown up the smashed portions.
- Serve with a sprinkle of flake or sea salt!