This recipe for air fryer plantains
They are the easiest, healthiest, and most addictive homemade snack you’ll want to make over and over again.
Why does this Haitian Bannann Peze Recipe Work?
Air frying the plantains eliminate using a lot of oil to deep fry the plantains.
Calories are extremely low.
They serve well as healthy appetizers.
Haitian Fried Plantains
Whether you are making fried plantains that are sweet or just learning how to make green fried plantains, the method is extremely easy, and you are minutes away from enjoying a healthy homemade snack.
Fried plantains are The NUMBER ONE irresistible fried food in the Caribbean and Latin America. Whether you call them Plantains or Tostones, or maduros, the ending result is always delicious!
Growing up we ate plantains all the time; boiled and fried. We would most often boil the plantains to serve as a meal with fish or poultry.
There are studies that argue if plantains are classified as a fruit or as a vegetable. They are very starchy when green.
When they are yellow with black dots, they are compared more to a banana because of the sweet flavor, and because it also resembles a banana.
In Haitian cuisine, plantains are classified as a vegetable. Certain parts of the world serve both the yellow and green plantain as an appetizer. The yellow ones are a little more versatile as I have used them to make plantain bread.
These little addictive suckers can also be made as chips and serve with salsa.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Naturally, plantains are gluten free as they do not contain any wheat or grain.
Yup, you bet! Fried plantains are sugar free and it is vegan. So, you are set to eat comfortably. Worry free.
Cut the skin along the ridges straight down. Be careful to not go in too deep. About ½ inch or so. Just enough to lift the skin. Lift the skin and start peeling. It’s best to use a knife to assist you.
YUP! It is loaded with fiber. It has more vitamin A and C compared to bananas, and they make a great substitute for potatoes.
Cut the plantains in the desired size after peeling, then carefully transfer the plantain pieces to the hot oil and cook until fork through.
How to fry plantains twice?
First, gather your ingredients – plantains; I used the ones that were partly green and partly yellow. By the time I started working on this recipe, they had already started to change color (Picture 1).
You will need 2 cups lukewarm water and 1 tablespoon kosher salt, and olive oil spray (all not photographed).
Next, cut the skin along the ridges straight down (picture 2). I recommend doing in multiple places as it makes it easier to peel. Especially if this is your first time. Be careful to not go in too deep. About ½ inch or so. Just enough to lift the skin (picture 3).
Once the skin is peeled, cut the plantains diagonally into desired size (Picture 4).
Now, different countries and cultures cook plantains differently. But to make Haitian Plantains, or ba
Allow the plantains to sit in the water for a couple of minutes, remove the plantains from the water, then start frying.
We use the salt water method to help season the plantains during the first initial frying. Once the plantains are fried/cooked (fork through – picture 6-7), use a plantain wood press to flatten the plantains (Picture 8), then dip the plantains in the water again for about 5-10 seconds but no more than 1 minute depending on the quantity or batch.
This helps it become (slightly) crispy and add a little more season to the plantains.
Plantains absorb flavors well. Be careful to not leave them in the water for too long as you do not want them to be salty (see notes below).
To make the plantains in the air fryer, after the plantains are cut diagonal, soak them in the saltwater, place the plantains in the air fryer basket and spray them with olive oil. Cook them on 400 degrees for 15 minutes; shaking or turning halfway.
When the 15 minutes are up, press the plantains, dip them in the water again for about 5 seconds. Spray them again with olive oil, then cook again for an additional 2 minutes or until desired crispiness (See notes below). This method also allows them to be crispy (Picture 9-10).
I found that the plantains can become dry while cooking in the air fryer. I recommend spraying them as needed to help them cook better and end with a yellow/golden color when finished (Picture 9).
Cooking plantains in the air fryer
Luckily, yellow plantains or
To make them in the air fryer, simply follow the same method as described in the directions below.
Although it takes longer to fry plantains in the air fryer. The benefits are worth it. Less greasy. Healthier. You will enjoy the true taste of the plantains instead of hot oil that was used to fry them.
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Bannann Peze – Haitian Fried Plantains Recipe
- 2 plantains green or slightly yellow
- 1 tablespoon kosher salt
- 2 cups water
- In a medium bowl, add the water and salt. Stir and set aside.Cut the heads of the plantains. Then cut the ridges straight down. I recommend doing in multiple places as it makes it easier to peel. Just enough to lift the skin.Once the skin is peeled, cut the plantains diagonally into the desired size.Allow the plantains to sit in the water for a couple of minutes, remove the plantains from the water, pray the plantains with olive oil. Shake well to coat, then place them in the air fryer basket.
- Fry on 400 degrees for 15 minutes. Shaking to cook evenly and adding additional oil, if needed.Once the plantains are fried/cooked (fork through), use a plantain wood press to flatten the plantains.Then dip the plantains in the water again for about 5-10 seconds but no more than 1 minute depending on the quantity or batch for extra seasoning (optional).
- After pressing the plantains, if you choose to dip them in the water again, spray them again with olive oil, be sure to shake well to properly coat. If you did not dip them in the water again, add the pressed plantains back into the air fryer, and cook again for an additional 2 minutes or until you reached the desired crispiness. Serve as a side and enjoy!