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a plate of platanos maduros

Fried Sweet Plantains (Platanos Maduros)

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  • Author: Salima Benkhalti
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Side Dish, Dessert, Snack
  • Method: Fried
  • Cuisine: Puerto Rican, Latin
  • Diet: Vegan


Fried Sweet Plantains (also known as Platanos Maduros) are a popular Puerto Rican dish that made with 2 ingredients: oil & brown plantains. They are commonly served as a side dish, snack, or dessert and are known for their naturally sweet taste & creamy texture.


Units Scale
  • 34 brown plantains
  • 1 cup vegetable or canola oil


  1. Prep the plantains. Start by peeling your plantains and cutting diagonally into 1 inch sections. Preheat your oil in a heavy bottomed skillet over medium heat. 
  2. Fry. Once the oil is hot, gently add in your plantain chunks, making sure not to crowd the pan too much. Your pan should have enough oil to almost cover the slices, so add more if needed. Fry the slices for 4-6 minutes, making sure to flip them every few minutes until golden brown all around. 
  3. Drain. Remove the slices from the oil & drain any excess grease on a paper towel lined plate.
  4. Serve. Serve with a light sprinkle of salt alongside arroz con gandules, picadillo, or as is. Enjoy!