Plantains for breakfast? Oh yes!
Make fried ripe plantains like they do in the Caribbean and eat it for breakfast. This is an easy, quick recipe for a delicious start to your day. For the video instructions, check here.
Growing up, my grandmother would make fried yellow plantains with a side of boiled eggs for breakfast. It was very delicious, and as a child, I had many a battle at breakfast over who got the last plantain. So plantains for breakfast is a major treat.
If you’re an immigrant from the Caribbean like me, (I was born in Guyana) you know that plantains can be found all over the Caribbean, Central America and South America. It is a staple in a Guyanese and Caribbean household. This delicious tropical fruit deserves to be on your menu.
Purchasing and preparing Plantains
When I lived in Iowa, and the early years in Maryland, plantains would be difficult to find. But now, you see these in the tropical fruit sections of local grocery stores where the pineapples and coconuts hang out. You can also find them in Caribbean, Latin and Asian grocery stores. They look like large bananas and can be green or ripened to yellow to brown to black.
This recipe is for sweet ripe bananas which should be soft when you squeeze them, and the peel should be yellow with dark marks on them. The key to an excellent plate of fried plantains is to ensure that the plantains are at the right degree of ripeness. This recipe calls for plantains that are a dull yellow color with patches of black. They were slightly green/yellow when I brought them home but ripened in my fruit bowl.
The riper the plantain, the sweeter it is and that is why fried plantains are a big hit with West Indians, expats and immigrants of the Caribbean, Latinos and well just about everyone. It is a favorite breakfast of my first generation American born daughter (German American and Guyanese ancestry) and my son-in-law (German ancestry) who other than eggs regularly eat this for breakfast as a staple of their Paleo diet. In our family, it has replaced French toast and pancakes as favorite breakfasts.
Are plantains healthy?
While they look like bananas, plantains are much sweeter and full of vitamins, especially Vitamins A and C. They are also loaded with potassium and are high in fiber which, ahem, is a good way to start the day and keep your system running smoothly.
Fried Yellow Plantain
This Yelow Fried Plantain Recipe is super easy and so delicious. Eat for breakfast like Guyanese do or as a simple side dish hat is ubiquitous in Caribbean meals.
- -2 yellow plantains
- -6 Tablespoons Coconut Oil or Olive oil
- -1/4 Teaspoon salt
- Step 1 1. Cut the ends of each plantain. Score Plantain along the length of its side with a paring knife. Then peel skin off.
- Step 2 2. Cut each plantain into 3 equal sections, Cut each section lengthwise into slices about 1/4 inch (5mm) thick.
- Step 3 3. Drizzle oil in large frying pan to cover the bottom of the pan and place over medium heat.
- Step 4 4.When oil begins to shimmer, add plantains and fry for 1-2 minutes, flip over and cook for 1-2 minutes on the other side.
- Step 5 5. Remove plantains and rest on paper towels to absorb any oil.
- Step 6 6. Sprinkle lightly with sea salt to give a salt and sweet taste to your fried plantains. Time to have breakfast then lime.