The Spanish term for Double Fried Green Plantains is Tostones, which means to toast (tostar). Tostones are green plantains that are fried twice. Why do we fry the plantains twice? They are fried once to cook the green plantains and fried again to give the plantain the crunchy texture that we so enjoy.
Once the green plantains are peeled and cut into chunks, they are soaked in a water mixture that consists of garlic powder and salt to provide a garlicky, salty flavor to the fried plantains. In Puerto Rico, our meals are usually served with double fried plantains (Tostones) similar to bread being served with a meal in the mainland. However, the Double Fried Green Plantains (Tostones) can also be served as an appetizer along with a dipping sauce made with mayonnaise and ketchup.
A Little History!
The plantains originated in Southeast Asia. It is also grown in India, Africa, Middle East, Europe and Tropical America. They are a member of the banana family but are longer, thicker and much starchier than the familiar banana. The plantain may be prepared and eaten at various stages in its ripeness. The green plantain is very firm and is usually boiled or fried and consumed much like a vegetable. It may also be grated and incorporated as an ingredient in various recipes. The plantain, above all, is usually cooked before it is consumed regardless of its stages of ripeness.
What do I Need to Make this Recipe!
You will definitely need green plantains for this recipe. In addition, our famous wooden press known as “tostonera” that is used to flatten the pieces of plantain to make our Double Fried Plantains (Tostones). If you do not own a tostonera, I will provide you with another method to flatten the plantains so let’s relax and enjoy the cooking process!
Let’s Prepare the Garlic-Salt Water Mixture!
In a bowl, add water, garlic powder and salt. Stir until well blended.
You can omit the salt if you so desire.
We are Ready to Peel and Cut the Plantain!
Cut off both ends of the green plantain.
With a knife, slit skin lengthwise from top to bottom.
Insert a spoon in the slit between the flesh and skin, pressing spoon backwards to peel the plantain lengthwise from top to bottom. With your hands, remove the peel and continue this process until the skin is completely removed.
You can use a flatware knife instead of a spoon to peel the plantain.
Cut the plantains into 1-inch thick round slices.
Soak the pieces of plantain in the garlic-salt water mixture for 5 minutes.
We are Ready for the First Frying of Plantains!
In a skillet, heat oil to 365°F. Fry the plantains until they are fork tender and turn a golden yellow color on both sides.
Place the fried plantains on a plate lined with paper towels to absorb the excess oil.
Time to Flatten the Fried Plantains!
Place a piece of the plantain on the bottom section of the Tostonera.
Close the lid of the tostonera and gently press down on the plantain to flatten.
If you do not own a tostonera, you can place a piece of plantain between two sheets of wax paper. With a heavy kitchen utensil (skillet), apply pressure on the plantain to flatten. Some individuals use a rolling pin.
Open the lid and your piece of plantain should be flattened.
Repeat this process until all the pieces of plantain are flattened. Arrange them on a plate.
We are Ready for the Second Frying!
Reheat oil to 365°F. Fry the flattened plantains until golden brown on both sides. Remove from skillet and place on a plate lined with paper towels to absorb the excess oil.
Serve warm with your meal or as an appetizer.
Dipping Sauce Mixture: Mix 1 cup of mayonnaise with ¼ cup of ketchup or to taste.
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Recipe and Nutritional Facts
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These garlicky, salty flavored plantains coupled with a crunchy texture are usually served with a meal or as a snack.
- 2 green plantains, peeled and cut into 1-inch thick round slices
- 2 cups water
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 1½ teaspoons salt (low sodium)
- 1 cup canola oil
- Mix water, garlic powder and salt in a large bowl.
- Soak pieces of plantain in salted-garlic water mixture for 5 minutes.
- Fry (365°F) plantain until fork tender and turn a golden yellow color.
- Place the plantains on a plate lined with paper towel to absorb the excess oil.
- Flatten each fried plantain with a tostonera.
- Fry (365°F) each flattened plantain until golden brown on both sides.
- Place on a plate lined with paper towel to absorb the excess oil.
- Serve warm with your meal or as a snack along with a dipping sauce.
Dipping sauce: Mix 1 cup of mayonnaise with ¼ cup of ketchup (or to taste).
- Category: Side Dish and Appetizers
- Cuisine: Puerto Rican Cuisine
Keywords: Double Fried Green Plantains (Tostones)