Caribbean Cooking: Plantain Chips

Forget potato chips– I’ll take a crispy, salty plantain chip any day!  Here’s how to make them:

Start with a nice bunch of plantains. Don’t try to substitute them with bananas. Fried bananas will turn out sweet, sticky, but while still delicious, that’s not what we’re going for here.

Before you begin, heat an 1-2 inches of oil in a pot over the stove on med-high heat. The oil is right when you drop a slice of plantain in and it bubbles and quickly floats to the top.


Peel and cut your plantains. Make sure your slices are nice and thin.


Drop plantain slices carefully into the oil.


Allow the plantain to cook for a few minutes. It is ready to come out if the slices are hard and crispy, with a golden-brown hue.


Drain the slices on paper towels or newspaper. I’m a little disappointed that I only had this sheet of newspaper, because I really wanted to do that crossword puzzle later! Sprinkle salt on the slices.


Allow to cool and enjoy!

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You can also bake these! I’ll probably opt for this next time, because it’s so much healthier. Click here to find out how!

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