Plantain Chips

While I was familiar with plantains and had eaten them several ways before, I had my first plantain chips ever while visiting Miami in May. I have since made up for lost time by FRYING ALL THE PLANTAINS. It’s easy as can be and yields a chip that is sturdy enough to dip just about anything, dead crispy, and a fun departure from the norm. My kids are going a little bonkers for them. One of them defines his love for Plantain Chips as being, “Crazy, because they LOOK like bananas but don’t TASTE like bananas which is BANANAS!”

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So if they look like bananas and don’t taste like bananas, what DO they taste like? Well, they are a little sweet (but not anywhere in the territory of banana sweet) and a little nutty. It’s kind of hard to explain if you have never had them.

And keeping with the ‘looks like a banana but doesn’t ____ like a banana” theme, there is a bit of a trick to peeling them. You might think you just peel ‘em, but that would be an exercise in serious frustration. Luckily, my gal, Meseidy of The Noshery, has a great tutorial on her blog on how to peel the little beasts.

Rest assured, though, that it’s totally worth the learning curve on peeling this NOT-A-BANANA. And yes, I’m asking you to break out the hot oil here, but I’m telling you, the payoff is immense. When you fry them instead of baking them, they stay crispier FAR longer than they otherwise would have. All bets are off, of course, if you’re in massively humid weather… Then you’d do best to eat them like the wind. It’s not a big sacrifice; trust me.

The beauty of Plantain Chips is multi-faceted. Sure, they’re crunchy and snacky, but they have something potato chips don’t have (and believe me, I still love my potato chips); they have a backbone. Not literally, of course, but figuratively. They’re STURDY! Not in an “I-can’t-bite-this-it’s-so-hard” way, but rather in a “WOW, that’s crispy! And it held up beautifully to that Slow-Cooker Spicy Bacon Corn Dip!” kind of way.

Fried Plantain Chips from Foodiewithfamily.com

Cook’s Notes

  • Once you’ve peeled your plantains, you can decide which direction you’re going to slice them. If you have a mandoline handy, I recommend slicing them lengthwise in 1/8-inch thick strips. This is how I had them in Miami, and it will be how I forever crave them. No mandoline (or a dreadful fear of them)? Use a sharp knife to cut crosswise into 1/8-thick rounds. Either way will be delicious, but LONG CHIPS=DELICIOUS to me.
  • I prefer peanut oil for all my frying jobs, but you can sub in vegetable or canola oil. I don’t recommend extra virgin olive oil as the smoke point is too low and burnt flavoured chips are not a happy food in my book.
  • Salt them. Please. For the love of all that is good, salt them as soon as they’re out of the oil. Salt them BEFORE you add another batch to the hot oil. This solves two issues. It lets the oil return to the proper frying temperature and it keeps the salt stuck to the chips.
  • As for WHICH salt to use, I like to use a fine popcorn salt. I’ve also used coarse kosher salt and enjoyed it. It’s up to you!

Plantain Chips

Rating: 51

Ingredients

  • 2 green plantains (not sweet ones!), peeled and sliced 1/8-inch thick either lengthwise or crosswise
  • 2 to 3 inches of peanut oil in a heavy bottomed, high-sided pot OR a properly stocked deep-fryer
  • salt

Instructions

Heat the oil to 350°F. If you do not have a thermometer, this temperature can be gauged visually by watching the oil. If it is shimmery and seems to be moving around, and many bubbles form vigorously around the edge of a small piece of plantain when it is eased into the oil, it is ready.

Separate your plantain slices and put them in one at a time, stirring as you do. Do not overcrowd the pan, and work in batches if necessary. Fry the plantain chips for 2-4 minutes, or until golden brown. They will continue to darken after being removed from the oil.

Transfer the fried chips to a paper towel lined bowl or plate and sprinkle with salt. Serve warm or room temperature.

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Comments

  1. It IS bananas how they don’t taste like bananas! ;) Will have to try these!

  2. I LOVE PLANTAIN CHIPS! You’re right, the flavor is difficult to explain – But OH SO GOOD! I’m planing to make batches and batches for my upcoming barbecue. And the tip to separate the slices and adding them one at a time to the pan? THAT is KEY!

  3. I love love love plantains! These plantain chips look fantastic! I’ve never thought to try to make them at home though. I will definitely be giving these a try this weekend!

  4. We just returned from Puerto RIco and they serve them every where! I’m now in love and crave them, especially crunchy with salt!

  5. I just ate some sweet plantains so seeing this savory recipe right after is pretty awesome!

  6. Finally speaking my language, Rebecca! We have two kinds of plantain chips here in Ghana ~ long, thin slices are made from green plantains and are always salted {we use those to make killer “taco” salad!}, and round slices are made from ripened plantains and are left unsalted, as they are sweet {we make a trail mix of sorts with sweet plantain chips, roasted peanuts, and raisins!}
    They really are tasty, and you are right, they definitely have a bit more heft than potato chips!
    Patty

  7. I don’t know if I’ve ever had plantain chips…. like ever! What’s wrong with me!

  8. I love plantain chips, but I’ve never had them homemade. I’m sure they are out of this world!

  9. I’ve only had plantains once or twice and they were served by my Filipino friend. She’d be so proud of your plantain chips!

  10. Oh man, I can not wait to make these! they look fantastic!

  11. This is seriously my kinda summer snackin!

  12. A perfect snack for summertime eaten’! Gonna have to try this for sure!

  13. Ha! My niece JUST brough “GIANT bananas” over to my house a couple of weeks ago. Other than the kids tasting the plaintains we didn’t do anything with them – these are wonderful and I know the kids would love them!

  14. I love them! Your photos are making me drool! Salt is completely necessary I totally agree!

  15. LONG CHIPS ARE MY LIFE! More dunkability – and yes, I double dip. No shame :)

  16. I ate plantain chips everyday during my honeymoon, and I absolutely love them!

  17. Since I don’t really care for frying at home, I’ll just come to your place for the delicious plantain chips. Okay? Good?

  18. This is a new one for me. I have had dehydrated banana chips that were tasty. But I am thinking this idea takes the chip idea to a whole new and exciting level.
    Plus what a great conversation piece too.

  19. I had these in the Caribbean and fell in love. So, so yummy!

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