In Puerto Rico, the fried ripe plantains are usually served as a side dish with your meal. It can also be fried and served as a snack or dessert due to its sweetness. The plantain can be prepared and eaten at various stages in its ripeness – see plantain description section below. The Spanish term for Fried Ripe Plantains is amarillos or maduros. The fried ripe plantain will definitely satisfy your sweet tooth due to its natural high sugar content. However, when cooking the ripe plantains in an air fryer, you get the benefit of consuming your favorite side dish in a healthier version.
This dish is also great for those individuals that are vegans and vegetarians. Furthermore, the plantains are also gluten free and can be used as a substitute due to its starchy content. For instance, we prepare dumplings (bollitas), meat pies (piñón, pasteles and pastelón), fritters (piononos and alcapurrias) and soups (sopa de plátanos) with plantains.
A Little Bit of History!
The plantain is believed to have originated in Southeast Asia. It is also grown in India, Africa, Middle East, Europe and Tropical America. The plantains are a member of the banana family. However, they are longer, thicker much starchier than the familiar banana. In Puerto Rico, we normally cook the plantains (green or ripe plantains) prior to consuming them.
Plantain Description at Various Stages of Ripeness!
The green plantain is very firm and starchy and is usually boiled or fried and consumed like a vegetable. A dough mixture is also prepared with grated green plantains for our famous pasteles, alcapurrias or dumplings. The yellow plantain is riper and slightly sweet and may be baked or fried. It can be served as a side dish or incorporated as an ingredient in various recipes like piñón, piononos or pastelón. When the skin is black but the flesh is still firm, the plantains are very ripe and sweet. I prefer to fry ripe plantains when the skin is black and the flesh is firm because the plantain will caramelize easily due to its high sugar content. Furthermore, it will have a sweeter flavor, softer texture and less cooking time with an air fryer.
Let’s Preheat the Air Fryer!
To preheat the air fryer, press the power button. The control panel will display the default cooking temperature (370°F), which is the correct temperature for preheating air fryer.
The Air Fryer Model that I purchased is the Power XL Vortex Air Fryer. Please read the entire Owner’s Manual before operating an Air Fryer.
Press the Timer Control Button. Decrease preheat cooking time to 3 minutes by selecting the down (∨) symbol.
After 3 minutes, the air fryer will beep. Remove basket from the air fryer and arrange with sliced ripe plantains after they have been peeled, cut and slightly brushed with oil.
Let’s Peel and Cut the Ripe Plantain!
Cut both ends of the plantain with a knife.
With a knife, make a slit lengthwise from top to bottom barely touching the flesh of the plantain.
Remove the peel with your hands.
Cut plantain diagonally into 1 to 1½-inch thick slices.
Let’s Prepare the Plantains for Air Frying!
Brush lightly each plantain slice on both sides with extra virgin olive oil.
Arrange plantains inside air fryer basket.
Insert fry tray into basket. Do not place fry tray on top of food. Allow at least 2-inch space between the food and the fry tray.
It’s Time to Air Fry the Ripe Plantains!
Insert air fryer basket with ripe plantains into the unit.
Press the power button to turn on unit. The control panel will display the default cooking temperature (370°F), which is the cooking temperature that I desire.
You can adjust and experiment with the temperature of the air fryer to suit your cooking preference.
Press the Timer Control Button to set the cooking time to 10 mintues. I like my fried ripe plantains with a golden color so 10 minutes is sufficient for me. However, if you prefer your fried ripe plantains with a darker brown color (more caramelized), than cook for an additional 5 minutes.
You can adjust and experiment with the cooking time to suit your cooking preference.
After 10 minutes of cooking, remove basket from unit and place on a trivet. With tongs, carefully remove the fry tray from the basket.
Let’s Enjoy the Fried Ripe Plantains – Cooked With an Air Fryer!
These sweet plantains are ready to be served as a side dish or snack. This is definitely a much healthier version in preparing our fried ripe plantains.
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Recipe and Nutritional Facts!
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When cooking the ripe plantains in an air fryer, you get the benefit of consuming your favorite side dish in a healthier version. Furthermore, this dish will definitely satisfy your sweet tooth due to its high natural sugar content.
- 1 ripe plantain, peel and cut diagonally into 1½-inch thick slices
- ¼ teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
- Preheat Air Fryer for 3 minutes at 370°F.
- Lightly brush each plantain slices on both sides with oil.
- Remove air fryer basket after the preheating cycle is complete. Arrange plantains inside air fryer basket.
- Insert fry tray into basket, leaving a 2-inch space between the food and the fry tray.
- Insert air fryer basket with ripe plantains into the unit.
- Air fry at 370°F for 10 minutes.
- Remove basket from unit and place on a trivet. With tongs, carefully remove the fry tray from the basket.
- Serve warm and enjoy the sweet flavors and soft texture.
You can adjust and experiment with the cooking temperatures and time to suit your cooking preference.
It is highly recommended to read the entire owner’s manual before operating the Air Fryer.
- Category: Side Dish
- Cuisine: Puerto Rican
Keywords: Air Fryer - Fried Ripe Plantain