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In the kitchen: Fried plantains recipe

Travel throughout Latin America, and one staple side dish you’re sure to find is fried plantains. They may accompany eggs and beans for breakfast or beans and any meat for dinner. Plantains provide nutrients for growing kids, so World Vision conducts nutrition workshops to show moms how to use these and other locally grown fruits and vegetables to better feed their children. The best part of eating plantains? They taste great! Try this fried plantains recipe with your family to bring a taste of the tropics to your home this winter.

Recipe for fried plantains

Prep time: 20 minutes

Ingredients (serves 4):

  • 4 to 6 ripe plantains (the browner the better)
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • Powdered sugar to taste
Fried plantains are a tasty and nutritious side dish served throughout Latin America.
Fried plantains are a tasty and nutritious side dish served throughout Latin America. (©2017 World Vision/photo by Heather Klinger)


  1. Heat oil in frying pan over medium heat.
  2. Cut off the tips of the plantains and peel.
  3. Thinly cut the plantains in long, flat, diagonal slices (much like the direction of a candy cane stripe).
  4. Fry plantains in oil about 2 to 3 minutes each, flipping them every 15 to 20 seconds until they’re golden brown on each side.
  5. Remove from pan and place on a paper towel-lined plate to remove excess oils and cool slightly. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and enjoy!


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