Side Dishes/

Butter-Fried Plantains

Plantains are cooking bananas that are used both green and ripe.  Green, they’re treated as a starchy, not-at-all-sweet, potato-like vegetable to boil or fry as chips.  As the fruit ripens, its sweetness increases dramatically, while it maintains a wonderful tanginess.  Cooking dissipates mouth-drying tannins, which explains why plantains are rarely eaten raw. When ripe, these bananas are quite soft (but not mushy) and nearly black.  When they’re perfect, they’ll look like a regular banana that should have been thrown out.
Servings: 2


  • 2large black-ripe plantains, peeled (you may need a knife to get through the tough skin) and sliced on a diagonal about ¼ inch thick
  • 2tablespoons butter
  • Mexican crema for garnish
  • Somecrumbled Mexican queso fresco, for garnish


Melt the butter in a large (10-inch) skillet and lay in the plantains in a single layer and cook until richly browned on both sides. Lay the slices on a serving platter and spoon on the crema and sprinkle with queso fresco.


  1. I love plátanos maduros. We love to eat them fried con crema n sour cream! I’ve not tried frying them in butter though…I imagine they are delicious too, I’ll cook them with butter next time.

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