Pickled Green Bananas (Guineos en Escabeche)

  • Author: Aida's Kitchen®
  • Prep Time: 15 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 Minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 8 Servings 1x


Pickled Green Bananas are boiled green bananas marinated in an acidic sauce.  Great as a side dish or appetizer.



Marinating Sauce:

  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup white vinegar
  • 4 to 6 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 1 to 2 large onions, sliced
  • ⅓ cup stuffed olives
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon of lite salt or to taste
  • 20 whole black peppercorns.

Green Bananas

  • 8 Green Bananas
  • 8 cups of water
  • ½ tablespoon of lite salt or to taste
  • ½ tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil

Add ¼ cup of roasted red bell peppers (canned and sliced) to add color to this dish.


  1. Cut off ends of green bananas and make a slit lengthwise from top to bottom barely touching the flesh.
  2. Bring 8 cups of water to a boil in a large saucepan.  Add salt and olive oil.
  3. Add green bananas and boil for 20 minutes or until tender.
  4. Remove from saucepan and set aside to cool.
  5. Peel boiled green bananas and cut into ½-inch to 1-inch round slices.
  6. Place round slices in large bowl.
  7. In a small saucepan, add all the ingredients for the marinating sauce.  Stir until well blended.
  8. Simmer for 15 to 20 minutes or until slices of garlic and onion are soft, stirring occasionally.
  9. Pour marinade sauce over cooked green bananas.  Add slices of roasted red pepper for color.
  10. Stir all the ingredients until the cooked green bananas are well coated with the marinade.
  11. Cover and refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight.
  12. Stir all the ingredients and serve as an appetizer with toothpicks or as a side dish to accompany with your favorite meat or fish.

  • Category: Appetizers
  • Method: Boiling
  • Cuisine: Puerto Rican

Keywords: Pickled Green Bananas