Air Fried Tostones

(Tostones en la Freidora de Aire)

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Air Fried Tostones are flattened green plantain slices that are very crispy on the outside and tender inside while using minimal oil.  The idea is to lower your fat intake and calories compared to pan frying or deep frying.  This is a much healthier method of preparing tostones (double fried green plantains), using an air fryer.

Tradtional tostones are prepared with green plantains and fried twice in an abundance of oil.  The first fry is to cook the plantains and the second fry is to create an outer crispy texture.  Tostones always taste better when served immediately after both air frying and pan frying.

Tostones are usually served to accompany your main course or as an appetizer along with Mayo Ketchup, our dipping sauce.

Peeling and Cutting Two Green Plantains!

The plantain originated in Southeast Asia and are considered a staple in our diet.  They are a member of the banana family but are much longer, starchier and thicker than the familiar banana.

Cut off both ends with a sharp knife.

Make three slits lengthwise from top to bottom barely touching the flesh.

Remove the peel with your hands.

Cut the plantain into 1-inch round slices.

NOTE:  One plantain can yield at least 6 to 8 round slices.

Seasoning the Green Plantain Slices!

After rinsing the plantain slices, place them on a paper towel to absorb the excess water and then with another paper towel, pat dry on top.

Pour 1½ tablespoons of refined avocado oil and add 1 teaspoon of garlic powder.  The garlic powder is optional.  Stir the plantains until they are completely coated with the garlic-oil mixture.

NOTE:  Avocado oil is also considered one of the best oils for air frying because it has a high smoke point of 520°F. 

Let stand for 5 to 10 minutes to marinate.

Preheating the Air Fryer – Ninja Foodie Deluxe Cooker!

Attach the diffuser to bottom of basket before placing inside the pot.  

NOTE:  Read your User Manual in its entirety before operating your unit.

Before we can air fry the plantains, I recommend preheating the air fryer.  Close the crisping lid to preheat the unit for 5 minutes.  Turn on the power and select the air crisp program.  Set the temperature to 360°F.  Set the time to 5 minutes.  Press the Start/Stop button to begin.

NOTE:  Air frying draws out moisture from the food so preheat your air fryer.  If you don’t, your food will dry out more because it will take longer to cook. 

Air Frying the Plantain Slices Until Tender!

Air Fried Tostones

The unit is preheated.  Now we can open the lid and start the air frying process.   Place and arrange the plantain slices in a single layer in basket.

Close lid and program the setting for air frying.  Make sure that the air crisp program is selected.  Change the temperature to 330°F and the time to 10 minutes.  Press the start/stop button to start the unit.

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After 10 minutes of air frying, the plantain slices have a golden color.

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Check for tenderness.  If an indentation is formed on both sides of plantain with your fingers, then remove from basket and place them on a plate.   Make sure to power off the unit.

Flattening the Air Fried Plantain Slices!

Air Fried Tostones

The next step is to flatten the plantain slices, using a tostonera, an essential kitchen tool in our culture.   Place one air fried plantain slice on the bottom section of the tostonera.

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Close lid and apply pressure to flatten.

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Open lid and the plantain should be flattened.

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Lift with a butter knife and place on a cookie sheet or baking pan.  

Using a Heavy Drinking Glass to Flatten Plantain (Another Option)!

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If you don’t have a tostonera, then use the bottom of a heavy drinking glass and press down to flatten.

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Repeat this process until all the air fried plantain slices are flattened.

Seasoning the Air Fried Tostones!

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We just flattened all the air fried plantain slices.  In order to create a crispy texture on the outside of the tostones, lightly brush with avocado oil on top.

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Sprinkle some more garlic powder on top if you like your tostones with a garlicky flavor.  This is optional. 

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Turn them over to repeat this process on the other side.  

Air Frying the Tostones for the Second Time to Crisp!

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We are ready to air fry the tostones for the second time to crisp.  Place at least half of the tostones in a single layer inside basket. 

Close lid and program the setting for air frying.  Turn on the power.  Select the air crisp program.  Set temperature to 350°F.  Set time to 8 minutes.  Press the start/stop button to start the unit.

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After 8 minutes of air frying, let’s open the lid and check the tostones for crispiness. 

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The tostones have a golden crispy texture on both sides.  Remove from basket and place on a plate.   Repeat this process for the second batch of tostones.

Air Fried Tostones!

Air Fried Tostones

Serve the Air Fried Tostones to accompany your main course or as an appetizer along with Mayo Ketchup, our dipping sauce.   They have a crispy texture on the outside and are tender inside.   Furthermore, tostones always taste better when served immediately after both air frying and pan frying. 

Click on the link to watch my YouTube video on How to Prepare Air Fried Tostones!

Recipe and Nutritional Facts!

Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and is approximate only.  Please refer to our Nutritional Facts Disclaimer for more information!

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Air Fried Tostones


  • Author: Aida's Kitchen®
  • Prep Time: 5 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 31 Minutes
  • Total Time: 36 minutes
  • Yield: 4 Servings 1x

Description

Air Fried Tostones are flattened green plantain slices that are very crispy on the outside and tender inside while using minimal oil.  The idea is to lower your fat intake and calories compared to pan frying or deep frying.  This is a much healthier method of preparing tostones (double fried green plantains), using an air fryer.


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Ingredients

  • 2 Green Plantains, peeled and cut into 1-inch round slices
  • 1.5 tablespoons Avocado oil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

Instructions

  1.  Place plantain round slices in a bowl and evenly coat with avocado oil and garlic powder.   Let stand for 5 to 10 minutes.
  2.   Preheat Air Fryer to 360ºF for 5 minutes.
  3.   Place the plantain slices into basket and air fry at 330ºF for 10 minutes.
  4.   Flatten the plantain slices, using a tostonera or the bottom of a heavy drinking glass, and arrange them on a baking pan or cookie sheet.
  5.   Lightly brush each toston with avocado oil and sprinkle with garlic powder.
  6.   Arrange half of the tostones inside basket and air fry at 350ºF for 8 minutes.
  7.   Remove and place on a plate.  Add the second batch of tostones inside basket and air fry at 350ºF for 8 minutes.
  8.   Serve while still warm.

Notes

The garlic powder is optional.  Depending on the size of the plantain, one plantain can yield 6 to 8 plantain round slices.

  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Air Frying
  • Cuisine: Puerto Rican

Keywords: Air Fry, Air Fry Tostones, Tostones,

Nutritional Facts Disclaimer

Category: Air Frying, Appetizers, Snacks, and Side Dish, Recipes

2 Comments. Leave new

  • Sonia Turner
    March 16, 2024 9:36 am

    Wow!! I grew up in Puerto Rico, making tostones and other dishes that you share in your cook book, and I’m impressed about your fidelity to our cuisine and your detailed explanations with pictures! Thank you for the wonderful job you have done putting all these recipes together. And the you even use healthier versions! I sincerely appreciate it and I take off my hat.

    Reply
    • Hola Sonia, Thank you for your kind comments about my cookbook and food blogging website. They are such encouraging words for me to continue this journey throughout my retirement years. Since we both grew up in Puerto Rico, I am sure we both agree that it is important to share the traditional version of our cuisine and heritage in most recipes. It takes a lot of days to complete one recipe because I don’t have an assistant. I am the videographer, photographer, editor, writer, chef, etc. Therefore, it is music to my ears when individuals like you appreciate my work. ¡Que Dios te bendiga!

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