Tostones (Twice-Fried Green Plantains)

May 6, 2022
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Crispy and savory Homemade Tostones snacks are super easy to make. You only need a few ingredients to make these perfect twice-fried golden green bananas!

Tostones are salty and crunchy, twice fried green banana slices. It is one of the most popular snacks in Latin American cuisine. This delicious recipe, which you can fry in the pan, in the oven, or in the deep fryer, is fried twice. It is made with unripe green bananas, and this banana variety makes tostones crunchy and salty.

Try our recipe to enjoy the Classic Tostones recipe. Double the pleasure of this dish with delicious dip sauces.

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Taste Score: %80
Difficulty Easy
Servings 4 people
Preparation 20 mins
Cooking 30 mins
Total 50 mins

Tips

  • Use unripe green plantains. The yellow and ripe ones are sweet and tender.
  • Do not use normal bananas instead of plantains. If you use bananas, they will dissipate more quickly. Plantains do not disperse easily due to their high starch content.
  • Do not slice plantains too thin. Cut them into medium-thick slices. This way, it will be crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.
  • Avoid overfilling the pan. Otherwise, green bananas will not cook evenly.
  • Use high temperature-resistant oil. Choose vegetable oils such as olive oil, canola oil, grapeseed oil, sunflower or sesame oil.
  • Make sure the oil is hot. Fry green cooking bananas in batches. In this way, you can preserve the heat of the oil.
  • Use a kitchen thermometer to measure the temperature of the oil. Make sure the oil stays at 190 °C (375 °F). If you don't have a thermometer, add a small piece of the banana to the oil and if it starts to crackle, the oil is ready.
  • Fry the plantains over low-medium heat. This will allow the oil to heat evenly and maintain an even temperature. It will also prevent the plantains from burning.
  • After the first frying, flatten the plantain slices with a plate or serving spoon.
  • The second time you fry, fry for about 1 minute. When they are crispy and brown, put the green bananas on a plate.
  • Sprinkle sea salt over green bananas before serving for an extra crunchy texture.
  • Make Tostones fresh.
  • You can serve tostones as a side dish or snack.

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Cut off the ends of each plantain. With a sharp knife, cut the skins of the plantains lengthwise from top to bottom.
  2. Then slice the green bananas into 1 inch thick pieces.
  3. Add water and salt to a large bowl. Stir the ingredients until the salt dissolves. Then add the sliced plantains to the bowl and place it in a large bowl and stir in the salt until it dissolves. Add the sliced plantains and soak in salted water for about 10 minutes. Drain thoroughly and pat dry with a paper towel.
  4. Heat canola oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the sliced plantains to the pan in batches. Fry for 4-5 minutes on each side until softened and golden-brown.
  5. Then, transfer the fried slices to a towel-paper-lined plate with the help of tongs. Take the pan off the stove.
  6. Gently press down on green bananas with a Tostonera press, plate, or serving spoon.
  7. Bring the pan to medium-high heat, adding more oil if needed. Then return the plantains to the hot skillet and fry each side for about 2 minutes until crispy.
  8. Transfer the fried tostones to a paper towel-lined plate or cooling rack to remove excess oil. Season fried mashed plantains with salt.
  9. Serve hot.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Tostones (Fried Green Plantains)
Serves 4
Amount Per Serving
Calories350
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 27.6 g35.4%
Sodium 589 mg25.6%
Protein 1.2 g2.4%
Potassium 448 mg9.5%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

What Are Tostones?

Tostones are slices of green unripe bananas that have been fried twice. This delicious snack of Latin American cuisine is often served as a hot aperitif. Like French fries, they are seasoned with salt after frying and served with a variety of dipping sauces.

What Is Plantain? Plantains are a type of banana. It contains more starch and less sugar than a regular yellow banana. It's more like a potato. Its hard shell is difficult to peel. Because of its starch content and hardness, it is consumed by cooking. Ideal for making tostones, plantain bananas are unripe and green in color. Apart from making tostone, it can be used in stews or in different dishes by pureeing.

How To Select and Peel Plantains?

When choosing plantains for Tostones, make sure they are green and firm. Avoid plantains with yellow peels. They are softer and sweeter. Unripe green bananas should be used for this recipe. To peel plantains, first cut off both ends, as the skin is hard. Peel the skin of the banana with a sharp knife or your fingers.

How To Make Tostones in the Oven?

Instead of frying the tostones, you can also bake them in the oven. To make tostones in the oven, preheat the oven to 200 ºC (400 ºF). Line the baking tray with parchment paper. Cut off both ends of the plantains. Then cut the banana skins off with a paring knife. Slice the green bananas. Place the plantains on the baking tray and brush them with oil. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes. Then press down on the green banana slices and turn them over. Grease them again. Bake for about 15 minutes, until the plantains are golden brown. seasoning with salt. Serve it hot with a dipping sauce.

How To Make Tostones In A Fryer?

You can also make Tostones in the air fryer. Preheat the fryer to 200 ºC (400ºF). Peel and slice the plantains as in the recipe. Grease the slices with cooking spray or a brush. Cook in the air fryer for about 5 minutes. Then remove the plantain slices and flatten them by pressing lightly. Flip the banana slices and fry for 5 minutes until the plantains are golden or crispy. Serve it immediately.

What To Serve with Tostones?

Tostones are served as a side dish or snack. It is served with many dipping sauces.

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How To Store Tostones?

Tostones are best consumed fresh. However, you can store it in the refrigerator. Let the fries cool completely. Store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. You can reheat it at 175 °C (350 °F) in the oven or deep fryer.

Recipe byPetite Gourmets

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