Baked Plantains Recipe

BAKED PLANTAINS

Baked Plantains are a great alternative for when you do not want to fry your plantains but you still want great tasting plantains. They make a great side dish on the dinner table or serve them with your favorite dip as an appetizer. They also go great with omelets for breakfast. The plantain-abilities are endless here, people.

Baked Plantains on a baking heet

I am such a plantain monster but I’m sure you already know that. Give me plantain-anything and I will eat! I have never met a plantain I didn’t like!

I eat plantains for breakfast, plantains for lunch, plantains for dinner or plantains for snack time! That’s the reason why I am not short on plantain recipes here on the blog.

Baked Plantains in a bowl

I particularly love fried plantains. There is just something about that crunchy exterior, meaty interior and that great plantain taste that is hard to resist. Please give me all the fried plantains!

However, fried plantains give me a situation with my waistline. So sometimes, instead of frying, I bake my plantains so I can use less oil and eat without guilt. This Baked Plantains recipe is a recipe for when you want great tasting plantains without all the calories from frying!

Best Plantains for Baked Plantains

To me, the best plantains for baked plantains are the ones that are ripe (yellow in color) but still firm to the touch. They hold their shape well and have the perfect texture!

However, if you want sweeter plantains, use the ones that are overripe, (that’s yellow and soft to the touch).

Baked Plantains in a bowl but one whole uncooked ripe plantain on the side

How To Bake Plantains

1. Peel the plantains. Use a paring knife to cut into the flesh of a plantain from the top to the bottom. Use your hand to lift up the flesh and remove from the plantain.

2. Slice the plantains diagonally into 1/4 inch thick slices.

3. Place cut plantains in a bowl then add a teaspoon of oil on top and some salt. Toss to combine.

4. Arrange plantain slices on a single layer on a baking tray. Bake in a preheated oven at 400 degrees F (200 degrees C) for 15 minutes. Flip to the other side after the first 10 minutes.

African Peanut Butter Stew served with rice and plantains.

These Baked Plantains are slightly crunchy on the outside, sweet and chewy! Serve them together with meals or enjoy as a snack!

Other Ways to Bake Plantains

1. Cut your plantains into fries and bake to make Healthy Plantain Fries. Get the recipe here.

Healthy Baked Plantain Fries served with African Pepper Sauce

2. Cut your plantains vertically in half and grill them to make Oven Grilled Plantains. Get the recipe here.

grilling plantains

Baked Plantains
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 

Baked Plantains are a great alternative for when you do not want to fry your plantains but you still want great tasting plantains. They make a great side dish on the dinner table or serve them with your favorite dip as an appetizer. They also go great with omelets for breakfast. The plantain-abilities are endless here!

Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: Afro-Carribean, South American
Keyword: Baked Plantains
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 119 kcal
Ingredients
  • 2 ripe (yellow) plantains
  • 1 teaspoon oil
  • Pinch of salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. Peel plantains. Use a paring knife to cut into the flesh of a plantain from the top to the bottom. Use your hand to lift up the flesh and remove from the plantain.  

  3. Slice plantains diagonally into 1/4 inch thick slices.

  4. Place in a bowl, drizzle the oil on top and sprinkle with salt. Toss to combine.

  5. Place plantain slices in a single layer on prepared pan. Place in oven and let them bake for 10 minutes. Flip to the other side and let them bake for another 5 minutes. Remove and serve warm.

Recipe Notes

These baked plantains are best served warm. However, you could keep them in an air-tight bowl then heat up covered with paper towel for about 30 seconds to 1 minute in the microwave before serving them. Avoiding overheating the plantains in the microwave because they could get tough (around 1 minute is okay).

Baked Plantains pictures in a collagepre-signature-pro

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