Perfect Baked Plantains

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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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More Healthy Baked Snacks

Healthy Baked Banana Chips

Roasted Cauliflower with Tahini Dressing

Sheet Pan Roasted Veggie Polenta Stacks

Oven Baked “Fried” Pickles

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5 from 3 votes

Perfect Baked Plantains

Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
25 mins

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
Nutrition Facts
Perfect Baked Plantains
Amount Per Serving (8 pieces)
Calories 171 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 11%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 391mg 16%
Potassium 446mg 13%
Total Carbohydrates 28g 9%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 13g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 20.2%
Vitamin C 20%
Calcium 0.3%
Iron 3.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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


  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. 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.

  3. Slice the plantains on an angle to make longer pieces, 1/4- to 1/3-inch thick.

  4. 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.

  5. Bake the plantains for 10 minutes. Then flip and bake another 10 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature. 

Recipe Notes

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.

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7 comments on “Perfect Baked Plantains

  1. Lorraine kingposted March 16, 2019 at 5:22 pm Reply

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

  2. Yaires Exleyposted February 19, 2019 at 5:32 pm Reply

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

    • Emilyposted May 7, 2019 at 7:44 pm Reply

      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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  4. Mirandaposted November 30, 2018 at 8:28 am Reply

    Can they be frozen for use later?

    • Sommer Collierposted December 6, 2018 at 6:43 am Reply

      Hi Miranda,

      Hmmm…. Good question. I’ve never tried that. However, I think you probable could freeze them. Then reheat in the oven so they crisp up again.

  5. Gloriaposted September 16, 2018 at 4:53 pm Reply

    How long do they last at room temp?