Today we’re using my new Ovente air fryer to make my favorite lightly seasoned Puerto Rican Air Fryer Plantain Chips with a super simple sauce.
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The new chip on the block
If you’ve ever roamed the chip aisle at Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s, chances are, you’ve heard of plantain chips.
They are super flavorful and friendly for many of dietary restrictions and diets like AIP, Whole 30 and paleo. It’s no surprise as plantains are a rich source of fiber and Vitamins A, C and B-6.
All this makes them rather hard to find and pricey at your average grocery store, which is a great reason to make your own for under $3 in less than 30 minutes.
Did I mention you can use any seasonings you like?
Today we’re using my favorite Chili Lime salt, but feel free to get creative and use your favorite spice blend. Or keep it simple with salt and pepper.
Picking the right plantains (and opening them)
For some reason, until I set out to test this recipe, I had the idea that cooking with plantains was a real challenge.
I had seen them at the store for ridiculously cheap, but never knew what type to buy and was strangely intimidated by the whole process. After talking with my mom, it’s actually ridiculously simple.
The color of the fruit says it all:
- Green plantains – these will result in moderately bland plantains, making this stage in the fruit not ideal for cooking. Leave these on your counter for a few weeks and give them some time to ripen.
- Yellow plantains – these plantains are on the road towards ripening, making this stage in the fruit sort of a blank canvas for whatever spices you want to highlight.
- Brown/black plantains – hello ripe-town! These babies are ripe and ready to fry. The dark color will result in a batch of uniquely sweet chips. This is my favorite stage of the fruit to make air fryer plantian chips with.
Now that we’ve talked about the stages of the fruit, let’s talk about opening them up. This is another stage of this recipe that I let intimidate me for no good reason.
Opening a plantain is as simple as slicing off the top and bottom of the fruit, then slicing into the skin lengthwise to create a slit. From there, peel back the skin carefully and you have a plantain that’s ready to be sliced!
Air fryer tips and tricks
If you’ve cooked with an air fryer before, you probably know the tips and tricks can vary depending on the brand you use and what you’re cooking.
Today I’m using my Ovente air fryer (Get 10% off + free shipping on your order at Ovente using my discount code SALIMASKITCHEN) to make these Air Fryer Plantain Chips.
Here are the tips and tricks that worked for me:
- One layer in the basket – not overcrowding your air fryer basket is key here! This helps things to fry evenly and prevents any burnt edges.
- Cook in batches – again, in the interest of not overcrowding, cooking in batches is important. This makes it easier to see how everything is cooking when you check on your chips.
- The smash & double fry technique – for this recipe we are mimicking the classic Puerto Rican method of double frying the plantain chips. After the first round of frying we’re taking the chips out, smashing them with the bottom of a flat glass and frying again for maximum crispness.
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Air Fryer Plantain Chips
- Prep Time: 10 minute
- Cook Time: 15 minutes
- Total Time: 25 minutes
- Yield: 2–3 servings 1x
- Category: Chips, Plantain Chips
- Method: Air Fried
- Cuisine: Puerto Rican, American, Caribbean
- 2 plantains
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tsp salt
- 2 tsp any seasonings you want
- Preheat your air fryer to 350 degrees. Slice your plantains to about 1/2-3/4 inch thickness and toss with half of the olive oil, salt and any other seasonings you want.
- Fry in a single layer for 10 minutes.
- Using a flat bottomed glass, smash the plantain slices into flatter chips. Toss with remaining oil and seasonings. Fry 5-10 more minutes or until crispy and golden brown. Enjoy with your favorite salsa or a simple sauce made with equal parts mayo and hot sauce.
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