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If you haven’t noticed, this week is unofficially “Plantain Week” here on A Spicy Perspective.

Our Monday and Wednesday recipes are both dishes you can make with unripened green plantains, using their starchy texture as a substitute for grains.

We made Magic Plantain Tortillas and Paleo Chinese Dumplings with plantain dough as the base. This is a fool-proof (and delicious) method for creating carby foods for paleo and grain-free diets.

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What To Do With Ripe Plantains

However, today I want to show you the absolute best way to prepare ripe sweet plantains. Which in my humble opinion, is simply to bake them.

Baked or “oven fried” plantains are not the same as plantain chips. However, they can be used for dipping.

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Our Perfect Baked Plantains are thicker than plantain chips, allowing the soft sweet centers to stay tender, while the exterior surfaces turn golden and crispy around the edges.

They make an easy and addictive gluten free snack, a comforting Caribbean and South American side dish, or a unique appetizer to dunk in salsa and creamy dips.

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How to Make Perfect Baked Plantains

You will know your plantains start to ripen when the skins turn from green, to bright yellow, to dark yellow with black spots.

Once the spots start to show up and the skin darkens, the starches have turned to sugars, so the plantains are now sweet.

Carefully peel off the skins, making sure not to squish the plantains.

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Then slice them into 1/4 to 1/3 inch strips.

Coat the plantains strips with oil then sprinkle with salt.

Bake the plantains in high heat, so they become crispy around the edges before absorbing all the oil.

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Once the Perfect Baked Plantains come out of the oven, just try to keep your hands out of them. You won’t be able to do it!

The sweetness of the ripe plantains creates the perfect salty-sweet snack.

We love baked plantains warm, but they also taste great at room temperature, so don’t be afraid to make them ahead of time.

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Perfect Baked Plantains

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
How to Make the Perfect Baked Plantains - An "oven-fried" plantain recipe creating ultra moist and tender plantain strips, to serve as a side dish or for dipping in sauce!
Servings: 6


  • 3 ripe plantains (dark yellow with black spots)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil or melted coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Cut the ends off each plantain and score the peels from end to end, making sure not to cut through the plantains. Pull the peels off and discard.
  • Slice the plantains on an angle to make longer pieces, 1/4- to 1/3-inch thick.
  • Pile the plantain slices on the baking sheet and drizzle with oil. Toss to coat all the plantain strips on both sides. Lay them out in a single layer. Then sprinkle generously with salt.
  • Bake the plantains for 10 minutes. Then flip and bake another 10 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature. 


Want to spice things up? Try adding cinnamon and nutmeg to the plantains. Or make a spicy-hot version with a sprinkling of cumin, cayenne pepper, and garlic powder.


Serving: 8pieces, Calories: 171kcal, Carbohydrates: 28g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 0mg, Sodium: 391mg, Potassium: 446mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 13g, Vitamin A: 1010IU, Vitamin C: 16.5mg, Calcium: 3mg, Iron: 0.6mg
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: Caribbean
Author: Sommer Collier

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16 comments on “Perfect Baked Plantains”

  1. If I want to add the cinnamon or the spices, do I do that before they go in the oven or after they are done cooking?

  2. I made this recipe adding the cumin and cayenne…just a sprinkle…to give them a kick. I also set the oven temp to 450. Excellent! Served them with your Roasted Poblano Avocado Dip.

  3. Thanks for the idea.
    made cooking the plantains for much quicker, less oil, and less mess than frying on the stove top!

    heating the cookie sheet in the oven w the oil for a few minutes, works a lot better at preventing the plantain from absorbing the oil.

  4. We used no salt. We all loved them . My 13 year old said we need to make them that way all the time. They were sweeter than normal with baking over frying.

  5. Super tasty! A great substitute for fries, but with lower starch content, less oil, and much faster to cook. I followed direcions religiously, and they were delicious.

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  7. I’ve been looking for a good baked plantain recipe for a while – I like to use the oven a lot so I can multitask/not have to stand by the stove/use a timer if I want. I’m so glad I found this recipe! The essential points I always sought were oven temp and time – now that I know 425F and 10 min each side worked well for you, I will definitely try this! Thank you.

  8. Tastes amazing in ghee too!

  9. Can’t wait to try this for with dinner tonight.

  10. I love this alternative to deep frying! Don’t know why I’ve never thought about it before 😅

    • DELICIOUS. I used about half the salt and they’re fantastic! Thanks for this recipe, it’s easier than frying and cooks more evenly.

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  12. Can they be frozen for use later?

  13. How long do they last at room temp?