Platanos Fritos (Latin America)

Fried-sweet-plantains-or-maduros-fritos.jpgPlatanos Fritos is a fried plantain that is popular in South America. It is served as a snack or starter. The fruit is sweet, but some people like to make it salty. Platanos Fritos are sometimes eaten with sour cream or ketchup.

Thank you Layla Pujol for the recipe.


  • 2 ripe plantains
  • Oil for frying (can use avocado, sunflower, peanut oil)
  • Optional: Cheese for sprinkling or melting on top: You can use quesillo, queso freso or feta if you want to experience the saltiness contrast with the sweetness of the plantain. Other options include grated mozzarella, monterey jack, or fontina if you prefer the yummy gooeyness of melted cheese


  1. Wash and peel the plantains
  2. Slice the plantains, the best way to slice them is either diagonally or cut the plantain in half and slice lengthwise. The plantain can also be sliced lengthwise full size, but the smaller diagonal or half slices are easier to manage.
  3. Heat the oil over medium heat in a large frying pan and add the plantains
  4. The plantains will cook very quickly, make sure to turn them before they burn and cook until golden on each side. You can use a spatula or a fork to turn them. If the plantain flesh is still pink or white it means that it is not yet fully cooked.
  5. Place the cooked plantains on a paper towel to drain any excess oil.
  6. Serve warm

Recipe Notes

If adding cheese, sprinkle the cheese over the plantains and serve. If you using a grated cheese then it is best to skip step #5, once the plantains are done leave them in the frying pan and add the grated cheese on top, remove from the heat to avoid burning them and let the cheese melt.



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