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Sticky Sweet Fried Plantains

Plantains are notorious for bringing a taste of the islands to any meal. These Sticky Sweet Fried Plantains are great as a side dish or dessert!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Dessert, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Vegetarian
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 262kcal



  • Peel and cut the plantains into 1/2" coins or slices. Whisk together the maple syrup and vanilla extract.
  • Add the plantains and brown sugar to a large bowl and gently toss to coat.
  • In a large skillet, melt the coconut oil over medium heat.  Once hot, add the plantains and evenly pour on the maple syrup mixture.
  •  Cook until browned and crisp on the bottoms, about 3-5 minutes. Be sure to watch them closely to prevent burning!
  • Once browned, flip the plantains and cook an additional 2-4 minutes, again watching closely to prevent burning. 
  • Transfer to a bowl or plate and serve warm.



Techniques & Tips for the Best Sweet Fried Plantains

  • Be sure to use plantains that are just ripe to very ripe. Avoid using overly ripe, black plantains for this recipe.
  • Tossing the plantains in the brown sugar, rather than sprinkling it on, will give you more evenly caramelization.
  • Use real maple syrup and vanilla extract for the best results.
  • Whisking together the maple syrup and vanilla extract helps ensure an even distribution of flavor.
  • Keep the heat set to medium. The sugar will heat up as it caramelized, so if you need to work in batches, be prepared for the second batch to brown up much quicker!
  • Do not place the cooked plantains on a paper towel-lined plate - they will surely stick!


  • How ripe should plantains be for frying? Plantains can be anywhere from unripened to very ripe for frying depending on how firm and how sweet you want them to be. Avoid using overly ripened, black plantains.
  • What do you serve fried plantains with? Try the Fried Sweet Plantains alongside of a Cuban pork or chicken dish. They are also great over ice cream or eaten alone as a snack or dessert.
  • Do plantains taste like bananas? No, not at all. While they resemble a banana and sweetened as they ripen in the same way as a banana, they have a unique flavor all their own. 
** Nutritional information is given as an estimate and will vary


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 262kcal | Carbohydrates: 59g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 9mg | Potassium: 699mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 36g | Vitamin A: 1515IU | Vitamin C: 24.7mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 0.9mg