Fried breadfruit chips are great alternatives to potato and sweet potato fries.
To make fried breadfruit chips, peel and cut the breadfruit into thin slices, then deep fry in hot oil for close to 10 minutes until the chips are crispy on the outside and cooked all the way through.
Let’s get into the details.
Ingredients for fried breadfruit chips
This recipe is super simple. All you need is:
- oil for frying
- seasoning like pepper flakes, herbs (optional)
That’s it. This recipe is so simple.
By the way, there are so many more ways to make breadfruit. Check out this post on how to eat breadfruit from preparation to recipes and benefits. You’ll see explanations on roasting and boiling the fruit. And several important benefits of eating breadfruit. Be sure to check that out.
Back to the chips.
How to make breadfruit chips
Breadfruit chips are simple to make. You will need to prep and peel the breadfruit and remove the center. Then, cut into thin slices and deep fry. Sprinkle some salt and seasoning while it is still hot and that’s it.
So simple! Let me get into a little more detail.
Prepare the breadfruit
Step 1: Remove the breadfruit stem – either break it off or cut into the top of the fruit and remove it. Turn the fruit stem side down and allow the white latex present in the fruit to drain out. Place a napkin below to collect the latex and discard it when you are done.
That latex is sticky, messy and turns brown (oxidizes) pretty quickly. The oxidation can slightly discolor your fries so it is best to leave the latex to drip for an hour or so.
Peel the breadfruit
Since the majority of the latex is found at the center of the fruit, it is easier and less sticky to peel the breadfruit before cutting into it. Be careful though, the fruit is round and not the most stable.
Step 2: Another option is to apply oil onto your hands and knife before cutting into the fruit. This prevents the latex from adhering to your hands and knife. Work quickly though because the latex will still turn brown. Cut the fruit into quarters and remove the center.
Step 3: I keep the pieces in salted water while working on one section.
Step 4: Slice the breadfruit as thinly as possible. The thinner the chips, the faster they will fry and they will be crispier. You can cut them a bit thicker than I did but it’ll take extra time to fry completely.
Step 5: You can add them back to the water while cutting up the rest. When you are done, rinse the chips and drain the water. Use paper towels to dry the fries. You don’t want them to be wet when you add them to the hot oil.
Step 6: Place a large pot on medium heat and allow it to heat up. Add enough oil for deep frying. Leave for about 5 to 10 minutes to heat up.
Check if the oil is ready with a bamboo skewer. Place the skewer in the oil. If lots of vigorous bubbles start forming around the skewer then the oil is hot enough. If there are tiny, gentle bubbles, then leave the oil for another five minutes to heat up.
Step 7: With the oil nice and hot and the chips dried, add them to the oil. After 2 to 3 minutes, turn the fries to ensure even cooking and browning. When they develop a nice golden brown color and a crispy texture, remove from the oil and place on paper towels. This set took about 10 minutes to fry until crispy.
Salt and season
Step 8: With the fries still hot, sprinkle salt and your favorite seasoning onto the chips. Salt is enough but black pepper, Caribbean green seasoning, oregano and paprika are good options too.
Serve hot with your favorite dipping sauce.
There it is – beautiful breadfruit chips! (I only added salt here. Also this recipe yields three times the amount in the photo – the rest were eaten and these were all that were left. Heh!).
Breadfruit chips recipe
Simple Breadfruit Chips Recipe
- 600 g breadfruit
- seasoning like black pepper, oregano, paprika, Caribbean green seasoning (optional)
- oil for frying
- Cut out the breadfruit stem.
- Place the fruit stem-side down on a napkin.
- Leave to drain for an hour.
- Peel the breadfruit.
- Cut into quarters.
- Cut out the center and discard.
- Rinse and place in salted water.
- Slice each breadfruit piece into thin chips.
- Place a large pot on medium heat.
- Add enough oil for deep frying.
- Allow to heat up for 5 – 10 minutes.
- Dry the chips with paper towels.
- Add the chips to the hot oil.
- Turn the chips after 2 – 3 minutes to ensure even cooking.
- Continue turning until the chips are golden brown and crispy (total frying about 10 minutes).
- Remove breadfruit chips from the oil.
- Place on paper napkins to drain.
- Sprinkle salt and your choice of seasoning.
- Serve hot with dipping sauces.