Golden brown, crispy tostones are super easy to make and totally addictive! These Puerto Rican fried green plantains are sliced, fried, soaked in a delicious garlic solution, then fried again to perfection. Once you try them you’ll fall in love!
- 3 plantains (Green! This won’t work with ripe, or yellow plantains.)
- oil for frying (1/2 inch deep in pan)
- 1 tbsp minced garlic
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 cup water
- Peel the plantains. If this is the first time you’ve made plantains don’t fret-it’s very easy but they don’t peel like a regular banana. Chop off the two ends of the plantain and slice the peel from end to end. Gently remove the peel with your fingers.
- Slice the plantain into 1″ thick pieces.
- Heat oil in a pan over medium high heat until water bounces off the surface.
- Spoon plantain slices into the hot oil with a slotted spoon and fry for about 2 minutes or until golden on EACH side.
- Meanwhile add garlic and salt to water in a small bowl and mix.
- Remove plantains with the slotted spoon to a paper towel lines plate.
- Allow to cool for a moment then place them on a cutting board and squish with the back of a wooden spoon until half the original thickness.
- Move plantains to bowl of garlic salt water for 1-2 minutes before again placing on paper towel to drain.
- Add to oil once more and again fry for 2 minutes on each side.
- Remove from oil to paper towel lined plate to drain and sprinkle with kosher salt.
- Serve immediately!
- always choose green plantains, not yellow ripe ones
- exercise caution when frying to avoid burns
- remove any garlic pieces and lightly blot excess water before returning to frying pan
Keywords: tostones, fried plantains