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Tostones (Fried Green Plantains)

Tostones are a super popular savory Puerto Rican snack made from green plantains that are sliced, smashed and fried to crispy perfection.

  • Author: Salima Benkhalti
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 3-4 servings 1x
  • Category: Snack, Appetizer, Side Dish
  • Method: Fried
  • Cuisine: Puerto Rican, Latin
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Ingredients

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  • 3-4 green plantains
  • 1 cup vegetable or canola oil
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 2 tsp adobo seasoning (optional) 

Instructions

  1. Start by peeling your plantains and cutting into 1 inch sections. Preheat your oil in a heavy bottomed skillet over medium heat. 
  2. Once the oil is hot, gently add in your plantain chunks, making sure not to crown the pan too much. Your pan should have enough oil to almost cover the slices, so add more if needed. Fry the slices for 8-10 minutes, making sure to flip them until golden brown all around. 
  3. Remove the slices and cool on a paper towel lined plate. Once the slices are cool, use a plate to smash the slices until they flatten just slightly. Make sure to not smash them too thin or they will break apart on the second fry. 
  4. In a large bowl combine the water, lime juice, salt and adobo seasoning (optional). Gently add in the fried plantains and soak for 4-5 minutes before draining the water and patting dry with paper towels.
  5. Bring the oil back to high heat and add the smashed plantains back to the oil, frying for another 5 minutes or until crispy. Top with a sprinkle of salt and a squeeze of lime juice and enjoy!

Keywords: Tostones, Fried Green Plantains, Puerto Rican Tostones