Fried Plantains with Lime-Honey-Chipotle Dip

November 6, 2011


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When I was in college, a friend of mine took me to a small Cuban grocery store with a small cafeteria in the back.  The cafeteria was strangely located next to the laundry detergent and cleaning supplies area and thus always smelled clean and fresh!  When we were there, my friend ordered fried plantains.  They smelled incredible, so I tried one and instantaneously fell in food love.  Now, I try to eat fried plantains whenever I have the opportunity to do so.  My favorite are the ones that are fried to the point of dark golden brown, with little burnt, caramel-y bits.  They are incredible!

Making Fried Plantains

When plantains are sold at the grocery store, they are often bright green in color.  They can be cooked at this point and made into a preparation known as ‘tostones’ but they will not be the sweet and salty treat that food love is made of.  In order to get them to that point, they need to ripen.  They ripen painstakingly slowly, especially when you want to eat them right away.  They must ripen until they are dark–far darker than a banana should ever be allowed to get.  In the picture above, you see that the banana has spots of yellow, but is largely dark black–that is perfect.  Once you peel them (this requires a sharp knife) the plantain is perfectly yellow on the inside.  I prefer oblong slices, because it gives more surface area for burnt bits to develop.  Then they are cooked, sprinkled with salt, and devoured.  To make the plantains a bit more special, I made a yogurt based dipping sauce.  It was sweet and spicy and tart and creamy and a delicious foil to the sticky, sweet, saltiness of the plantain.  It would be even better if made with creme fraiche!  If you’ve never had plantains, please try them to allow yourself to fal l in food love.  They are incredible!  Enjoy!

Fried Plantains with Lime, Honey, Chipotle Dip

Fried Plantains with Lime-Honey-Chipotle Dip

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Prep: Cook: Yield: serves 4 as a snackTotal:

Delicious, sweet, caramelized fried plantains with a creamy lime-honey-chipotle yogurt dip.

You'll Need...

  • For the plantain:
  • 1 large plantain, fully ripened (should have mostly black skin)
  • Vegetable oil
  • Kosher salt

  • For the dip:
  • 1/4 cup creme fraiche, or yogurt
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp. powdered chipotle pepper, depending on how spicy you like it
  • 1/2 tsp. honey
  • 1/2 tsp. lime zest
  • 1 pinch dried epazote (optional)
  • Salt to taste


  1. Make the plantains:
  2. Using a sharp pairing knife, carefully chop off the very top and bottom of the plantain.  With the same knife, carefully cut 2 or 3 vertical slits in the skin of the plantain.  Peel the plantain, being careful not to gauge out any of the flesh.  Cut the plantain into 1/2 inch thick slices on a 45 degree angle.
  3. Heat a heavy bottomed cast iron pan or skillet over medium-high heat.  Pour in about 1/2 inch of oil and heat until you can feel heat coming off the oil.  Add the plantains to the oil and cook for 4-5 minutes on each side, or until golden brown and darker on the edges.  Place on a coiling rack on top of a few paper towels to drain and crisp up.  Sprinkle with salt.
  4. Make the dip:
  5. Mix all of the ingredients together and add salt to taste.  Serve with the fried plantains.


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  • Reply Torviewtoronto November 6, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    delicious dip for the plantain looks wonderful

  • Reply Suresh November 7, 2011 at 1:14 am

    In India -esp in Surat- eating babanas dipped in "besan" batter with indigenous spices was an occasional treat to behold. Great job. Love your passion.

  • Reply Damayanti November 7, 2011 at 1:34 am

    Yum! I am having hunger cramps now! Love the way you describe your cooking. All the best.

  • Reply Sydney November 7, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    Believe it or not, I only tried plantains for the first time a few months ago, and they are SO delicious, I can't believe it took me so long to figure it out!

  • Reply November 7, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    @eRecipes: Thanks for your kind words. I'll definitely take a peek at your site!

    @Torviewtoronto: Thanks so much!

    @Dad: Yes indeed. Although my favorites were the onions in the besan batter! (hint, hint)

    @Mom: Thanks so much! Sadly there were no leftovers to bring to you guys this time.

    @Syndney: I'm so glad you've finally tried them! They really are the best, and I was so excited when I finally figured out how easy they were to make at home too!

  • Reply Manju November 7, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    hi tanvi,
    you have a lovely blog here…i love having fried sweet plaintains..and being from kerala its not a wonder!! but i absolutely love ur idea of a dip…must try sometime!

    I'm new to blogging , would love if you would stop by sometime!!


  • Reply November 9, 2011 at 2:29 am

    @Manju: Thank you so much for your nice words about my blog! Plantains are the best, but we don't eat them much in Gujarat. I'll definitely check out your blog! Good luck with it!

  • Reply Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum November 14, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    I love fried sweet plantains. We had them a lot when were traveling in Puerto Rico. Yum!!

  • Reply kankana November 15, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    I have always tried roasting plantain but the deep fried is hard to resist.

  • Reply Debra Daniels-Zeller November 15, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    I love this recipe. I've only had plantians once long ago. Are they ripe when they are all yellow? Can you ever get them organically grown? And does it really matter? Are they sprayed a lot? Also what kind of oil did you use? Oh what a lot of questions, but I do want to try this one. Thanks for posting it!

  • Reply Divya Yadava November 15, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    Hi Tanvi! These look really good – I wish I could have one right now. I love the use of chipotle chillies too – brings out a nice smokiness.

  • Reply November 16, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    @Lindsay: Yum! I bet those were super delicious!

    @Kankana: I've never tried roasting them, but I think I will now that you mention it. Definitely much healthier! But you're right, there is something so delicious about deep-fried.

    @Debra: Thanks! I'll try to tackle some of your questions: They aren't ripe until they are more black than yellow. See the above picture of the whole plantain. I've definitely seen them at organic stores. Not sure if they are sprayed, etc. but bananas were 30th for "dirtiness" on this list: so take what you will from that. I used standard vegetable oil for the frying. I hope you enjoy the recipe!

    @Divya: Me too! I love chipotle! Sometimes I worry that I overuse it, but smokiness does make most things a little bit more delicious 🙂

  • Reply Deeps @ Naughty Curry December 18, 2011 at 8:03 am

    wow… looks so pretty, and a very interesting idea! 🙂

  • Reply December 20, 2011 at 3:58 am

    @Deeps: Thanks! I'm glad you like it!

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