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Plantain balls stacked up on top of each other in gray and white bowl

Deep Fried Plantain Balls

Slightly sweet and savory, These plantain balls make the perfect appetizer or snack! Learn how to make the best plantain balls recipe with just a few ingredients.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Caribbean, Haitian, International
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 People
Calories 126kcal


  • 2 Plantains See notes for plantain options
  • ¼ Tsp. Kosher Salt
  • Haitian Pikliz For Filling
  • Oil For Deep Frying Enough to cover the top of the plantains balls


  • Heat about ½ quart oil for frying. You can use vegetable oil or peanut oil.
    Use a food processor to grind the mildly green/yellow plantains (or the green ones if using it). Add salt to season the plantain. Grind until finely chopped.
    If using the really ripe plantains, use a fork or potato masher to mash the plantains. Season with salt.
    Mashed Plantains in food processor
  • If using the mildly green/yellow plantains plantains, scoop the desired size in your hand (grease your hand first with oil so that the plantains do not stick to your hand). Press down to flatten the plantain, apply the filling (if desired). Shape into a ball and deep fry until well done.
    I recommend testing out 1 of the plantain balls to determined if it is cooked or not. Mine took about 6-8 minutes to fully cooked as they were small.
    If using the yellow / ripped plantains, use a cookie scoop to transfer the plantains (balls) to the oil. Test out 1 balls to determined if it is cooked.
    The ripe plantains will be too soft/mushy to apply filling to it.
    Plantai flatten in hand
  • Remove the cooked plantains from the oil, set aside in a paper toweled plate. Repeat the steps above until the entire batch is fully cooked.
    Serve as an appetizer or snack. Enjoy.
    Plantains in a strainer


*** Roll the plantains into desire size. 
*** Use oil to grease your hand before pressing and rolling the plantains so it does not stick to the palm of your hand. The oil will help prevent it from crumbling. 
*** calories are estimated per serving.


Serving: 4People | Calories: 126kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 75mg | Potassium: 465mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 18IU | Vitamin C: 18mg | Iron: 3mg