Pan Fried Caramelized Bananas

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Fried caramelized bananas are a sweet treat made with ripe bananas, butter, and brown sugar. Pan fried bananas are perfect for topping ice cream, pancakes, or just on their own!

close up of caramelized bananas in pan

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Bananas are big in our house. Whether its our go-to Banana Bread, Chocolate Chip Banana Bars, or even healthy “ice cream” made from bananas, we usually have some sort of banana treat a few times a week.

One of my favorite way to use them is to make caramelized bananas with brown sugar and butter. This is such a simple recipe the kiddos can easily help and it can be used so many ways!

Why I love this recipe

  • the brown sugar and butter caramelize the bananas and make a delicious pan sauce
  • it takes just minutes to make
  • you can use bananas and sauce a variety of ways


  • bananas
  • butter
  • brown sugar
  • cinnamon (optional)

Step by step

  1. Put all ingredients in a pan over medium-low heat and cook until bananas are browned-about 3 minutes per side.
  2. Sprinkle with cinnamon if desired, then serve warm along with the pan sauce.
close up of caramelized banana slices

Tips for best results

  • use ripe but firm bananas to avoid the bananas getting mushy while cooking, don’t use bananas with a lot of brown spots on the peel
  • do not overcrowd the bananas in the pan
  • be very gentle when flipping the banana slices to avoid breaking them
  • add a sprinkle of cinnamon to change up the flavor slightly
  • store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge, reheat in the microwave

Serving suggestions

  • over vanilla ice cream
  • with crepes
  • on pancakes or waffles with maple syrup
  • with yogurt and granola
  • with french toast
  • on oatmeal
  • with banana pudding
  • over pound cake
  • with whipped cream
  • with cottage cheese
  • by themselves!

These pan fried bananas taste incredible! Drizzle the caramel syrup from the pan over it too-amazing!

Want more banana treats? try my Breakfast Banana Split, Banana Pudding Smoothie, or these delicious Banana Muffins with Crumble Topping!

Caramelized Bananas over ice cream

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Caramelized Bananas


Fried caramelized bananas are a sweet treat made with ripe bananas, butter, and brown sugar. This easy banana dessert is perfect for topping ice cream, pancakes, or just on their own!


  • 1 medium banana, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • cinnamon (optional)


  1. Place all ingredients in a skillet over medium heat.
  2. Cook until bananas are golden brown, about 3 minutes per side.
  3. Sprinkle with cinnamon if desired. Serve immediately with pan sauce if desired.


  • Choose ripe, yet firm bananas for best results
  • Do not overcrowd the pan
  • Serve over ice cream, pancakes or waffles, or eat on its own.
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 6 minutes
  • Category: dessert
  • Method: stovetop
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 189
  • Sugar: 16 g
  • Sodium: 4.7 mg
  • Fat: 11.7 g
  • Carbohydrates: 22.3 g
  • Protein: 0.8 g
  • Cholesterol: 30.5 mg

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  1. Aren’t these yummy and addicting! I make them TOO often to go over my ice cream!
    I have to make sure I get every bit of sauce from the pan too!!

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