Sweet Fried Plantains

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Sweet Fried Plantains done right! They are thoroughly cooked, tender, slightly crunchy on the outside and sweet on the inside with a meaty texture! Such a wonderful 15-minute side dish to add to your dinner table!

In this post, you will learn how to make the perfect sweet fried plantains every time. What’s the one thing I can’t stop eating? Sweet fried plantains!

Sweet fried plantains placed on paper towel.

Also known as “dodo” in Cameroon and Nigeria, sweet fried plantains are a real treat! They are equally enjoyed in the Carribean and in South America.

This recipe was a staple in my diet, growing up. I eat them as they are or with omelets for breakfast. I eat them with stewed beans. I eat them with stewed spinach. I eat them with stewed anything! I eat them with avocado. I eat them with grilled chicken. I eat them with grilled fish. I could eat sweet fried plantains with almost anything! The point is they are such a versatile side dish!

That is why, my friends, I ‘m dedicating a post to how to make the perfect Sweet Fried Plantains! The perfect dodo should be thoroughly cooked on the inside and have a golden brown color. The key is to regulate the heat of your oil so the plantains don’t burn on the outside without being cooked through on the inside.


You only need 2 main ingredients for this recipe:

  1. Yellow plantains: These are plantains that have ripened. They should be yellow with some black spots and slightly soft when pressed down with a finger.
  2. Oil for frying: Any neutral oil like vegetable oil, canola oil, or peanut oil would work.

I mostly don’t add salt to my sweet fried plantains but you can add a touch of salt as soon as they come out of the oil.

See the recipe card below with a detailed list of ingredients and instructions.

How to Fry Sweet Plantains

  • Begin by thoroughly washing the plantains. Washing plantains before peeling will prevent you from transferring germs from its skin to its flesh while peeling.
5 yellow ripe plantains on a wooden board.
  • Then peel a plantain by slicing the skin along the length of its ridges. Don’t slice in too deeply that you cut the flesh. Once you slice the skin, use your hand to remove the skin from the flesh easily, then cut the plantain diagonally into about half-inch thick slices.
Slices of sweet plantains in a wooden bowl.
  • Heat up oil on high heat, reduce heat to medium and deep fry the plantains, flipping to the other side after one side is golden brown.
  • Place the fried plantains on paper towels so the paper towels can absorb the excess oil. Et voila, you have perfect Sweet Fried Plantains!
Golden brown sweet fried plantains on paper towels.

I enjoy these babies with almost every side under the sun! In this case, I had them with my grilled chicken wings which is totally epic!

Fried plantains served with chicken wings.

You should try some!

Sweet fried plantains on a white plate with oven grilled chicken wings.


Serve these tasty plantains with the following dishes. They are so versatile!

More Sweet Plantain Recipes

  • Poulet DG (One pot chicken and plantains meal) – insanely good!

More Plantain Recipes

Want to experiment more with plantains? Check out the following plantain recipes:

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Sweet fried plantains placed on paper towel

Sweet Fried Plantains

5 from 2 votes
How to make the perfect sweet fried plantains. Sweet fried plantains are a real treat! Sweet, tender, so good, and so easy to make in only 15 minutes!
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 15 minutes
Servings: 4 servings


  • 5 yellow plantains (ripe plantains)
  • Oil for frying
  • Salt optional


  • Place oil in a frying pan to 3 inches. Heat up on high heat to about 350℉.
  • While the oil heats up, rinse plantains thoroughly and peel. Peel a plantain by slicing the skin along the length of its ridges. Don't slice in too deeply that you cut the flesh. Once you slice the skin, use your hand to remove the skin from the flesh easily, then cut the plantain diagonally into about half-inch thick slices.
  • Reduce the heat to medium then gently place plantain slices in the oil one after another. Do not overcrowd the pan (I fried my plantains in 2 batches).
  • Let the plantains cook for a few minutes until golden then flip them to the other side and let them cook until golden. Remove from oil and place on paper towels to absorb excess oil. Repeat process with the rest of the plantains.
  • Sprinkle hot plantains with a touch of salt if desired.


Seasoning Variations: For a savory bite, season the fried plantains with a mix of onion powder, garlic powder, and basil. For more sweetness, sprinkle some brown sugar on the plantains.


Calories: 273kcal | Carbohydrates: 71g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 9mg | Potassium: 1090mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 39g | Vitamin A: 2522IU | Vitamin C: 41mg | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 1mg

Additional Info

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Afro-Carribean
Calories: 273
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    1. Hi Jackie, it is mayonnaise with dried herbs. I added dried basil, parsley, chili pepper, salt and white pepper to the mayo. So good!

  1. Dodo as we call plantain in Yoruba land, Nigeria.
    You can add a pinch of salt to make it sweeter and nice

    1. That’s right Bays! It is good with salt too but I find that fried ripe plantains are very tasty on their own.