Banane Pesée ( Fried plantains Haitian style)

Banane Pesée ( Fried plantains Haitian style)



2 medium plantains

1 ½ cup (about 2” ) frying oil  ( avocado oil, vegetable or canola oil)

2 cups water

2 teaspoon salt

Juice of half a lemon or about 1-2 tablespoons



Combine water, salt and lemon in a bowl. Set aside.

Cut off the ends of each plantain. Slice a slit down one of the ridges of your plantains outer skin. Use your fingers to pry open and peel off.

Cut the peeled plantains diagonally into 1- 2 inches slices. Place them in the salt and lemon water for about 5 minutes. Remove and pat dry with a tea towel to remove excess water.

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat; add plantain slices in an even layer and fry on both sides until golden brown, about 1 ½ - 2 minutes per side.

With a slotted spoon, remove the plantains from the pan and place them on a plate lined with paper towels.

With a plantain press or with the back of a small plate on a cutting board, press each piece of plantain to flatten.

Return plantains to pan and cook until golden brown, approximately 2 to 4 minutes per side.

Remove to a dish lined with paper towels, and sprinkle with salt, if desired. Serve immediately.

Enjoy as an appetizer, snack or side.

*When using a really ripe plantains, no need to fry twice or soak in water before frying*

*Other ways to enjoy plantains*

-Baked or Air Fried (Think plantain chips or plantain fries)

-Boiled or Grilled with skin on, then peeled before eating