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mangu with pickled onions in a bowl

30 Minute Mangu (Dominican Mashed Plantains)

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  • Author: Salima Benkhalti
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: breakfast, side dish
  • Method: boiled
  • Cuisine: Dominican, Latin
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Mangu is a classic Dominican dish made with boiled and mashed green plantains that comes together in just 30 minutes. It’s typically enjoyed as a breakfast, served with eggs, cheese, and sausage, and topped with pickled red onion. 


Units Scale
  • 1/2 cup pickled red onions
  • 4 green plantains
  • 4 tbsp butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1 cup water + additional water for boiling the plantains
  • a pinch of salt + additional salt for salting the water


  1. Boil the plantains. Start by bringing a pot of salted water to a boil. Peel and slice the plantains into slices small enough to fit into your pot. Once the water is boiling, toss in the plantains and boil until fork tender, about 20 minutes.
  2. Mash the plantains. Strain the plantains from the water and transfer them to a pilon or bowl with the butter. Mash until they become consistent and creamy, adding water a few tablespoons at a time, until the texture is where you want it. Season with salt to taste.
  3. Fry the onions. In a saucepan, sauté the pickled onions until they begin to turn translucent.
  4. Serve. Enjoy the mangu with the fried pickled onions on top. Feel free to serve with a fried egg, fried white cheese, and Dominican sausage.


How to make the pickled onions:

Start by mixing together a teaspoon of salt and a quarter a cup of vinegar in a bowl.

Thinly slice half of a red onion and toss into the bowl with the salt and vinegar. Mix to coat and set aside to quick pickle.