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.
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 expat of the Caribbean or an immigrant 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 of the Caribbean, Latinos and well just about everyone. It is a favorite breakfast of my
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. Since, I saw some very ripe plantains on sale in my local grocery store (yes, they have them on Maryland’s eastern shore), I was eager for some comfort food. This recipe is a simple healthy, simple way to fry plantains.
My first generation American born daughter (German American and Guyanese ancestry) and my son-in-law (German ancestry) regularly eat this for breakfast as a staple of their Paleo diet. In our family, it has replaced French toast and pancakes as favorite breakfast.
Fried Yellow plantains
A quick delicious breakfast. Ripe plantains are sweet like a banana, without the banana flavor. The edges caramelize and become crispy like the edges of pancakes cooked in butter. Pair fried sweet plantains with a side of eggs any style for a delicious breakfast.
- 2 Plantains
- 2 Tbsp. Coconut oil or Extra Virgin Olive oil
- Dash of Salt
- Step 1 1. Cut the ends of the Plantain with a paring knife.
- Step 2 2. Score the skin along one seam of he plantain. Try not to cut into the flesh.
- Step 3 3. Divide plantain into 3 equal sections
- Step 4 4. Slice lengthwise into 1/2 inch thick pieces.
- Step 5 5. Heat oil in large frying pan over medium high heat.
- Step 6 6. Fry plantains on both sides until golden brown. About 2-3 minutes each side.
- Step 7 7. Drain on paper towels and serve hot.