Fried plantain chips are my favorite chips eat. They’re unique since their taste is based on the ripeness of the plantain you use.
To make fried plantain chips, remove the peel and slice the plantain thinly before deep frying in hot oil for 4 minutes, then turning and cooking for another 4 minutes. Remove from the oil and sprinkle with salt before serving.
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What you need for fried plantain chips
The ingredients you’ll need are:
- plantain: You can use plantain at any stage of its ripeness for this recipe. Greener plantains will give you starchier chips; slightly ripe plantains will have hints of sweetness; and ripe plantains will be much sweeter. I don’t recommend using very ripe plantains because they’re mushier and may not hold their shape while slicing.
- vegetable oil: I used canola oil for this recipe but you can use any oil that has a high smoke point. Peanut, corn and coconut oil are good options to use.
- salt: Sprinkle on the chips while they’re still hot or before you serve them. Feel free to sprinkle in chili pepper too.
The equipment you should use:
- mandoline slicer: This slicer guarantee you’ll have even, ultra-thin chips. The thinner the plantain slices, the crisper and crunchier the chips will be. It is difficult to cut thin slices using a knife so I highly recommend using a mandoline (get one on Amazon).
- heavy pot: I used a cast iron pot that takes some time to warm up but when it does it retains the heat really well and evenly distributes it to the oil. So, the plantain chips cook uniformly throughout the oil.
How to make fried plantain chips
Step 1: Place the heavy pot on medium heat and allow to heat up for five minutes or so. After that time, add the vegetable oil and leave to heat up.
Step 2: While the pot and oil are getting hot, wash the plantains and slice their ends off. Discard.
Step 3: Run the knife along the length of the plantain cutting only into the skin. Using the fingers, peel the skin off the plantains.
Step 4: Using the mandoline slicer, cut the plantain into thin chips (I did this directly over the hot oil).
Step 5: Place a batch of the plantain chips into the hot oil and leave to cook for four minutes.
Step 6: Flip the chips over and cook for another four minutes or until the chips have become golden brown and crispy. If the chips are browning too quickly, lower the heat a bit. You don’t want them becoming too brown on the outside and uncooked on the inside.
Step 7: Remove from the pot and place on napkins to soak up the oil. Continue frying the rest of the plantain slices, repeating steps 5 to 7.
Step 8: Sprinkle salt over the hot chips and any other powdered seasonings you like. Chilli powder or pepper flakes are great options. Serve the chips as is or with your favorite sauces. You can try this garlic sauce recipe with your fries.
Recipe for fried plantain chips
Fried Plantain Chips Recipe
- 2 plantains (green, half ripe and ripe plantains all work for this recipe)
- 1 tsp salt
- 1½ cups oil for frying
- Mandoline slicer
- Place a large pot on medium heat.
- Add enough oil for deep frying.
- Allow to heat up for 5 – 10 minutes.
- Wash the plantains and cut off their ends.
- Cut into the skin only along the length of the plantain.
- Peel off to remove the skin.
- Slice the plantain thinly.
- Add to hot oil and cook for 4 minutes.
- Flip over and cook for another 4 minutes until the chips are golden brown and crispy.
- Remove plantain chips from the oil.
- Place on paper napkins to drain.
- Add another batch to the hot oil and continue frying. Repeat steps 8 to 11.
- Sprinkle salt and your choice of seasoning.
- Serve hot with dipping sauces.