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Perfect Baked Plantains

Perfect Baked Plantains – An “oven fried” baked plantains recipe for ultra moist and tender plantain slices, perfect to serve as a side dish or enjoy as a healthy snack with dipping sauce!

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Are you as obsessed with plantains as we are?

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

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 to perfection.

Baked or “oven fried” plantains are not the same as plantain chips. While chips are thin and crispy, these baked plantain slices are thick and tender. However, they can be used for dipping in a variety of delectable sauces.

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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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What You Need to Make “Oven Fried” Plantains

This healthy and delicious plantains recipe only requires 3 simple ingredients:

  • Ripe plantains
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt

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 and perfect for baking.

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How to Make Perfect Baked Plantains

  1. First, carefully peel off the skins, making sure not to squish the plantains. Then slice them into 1/4 to 1/3 inch strips.
  2.  Next, coat the plantains strips with olive oil and sprinkle with salt.
  3.  Finally, bake the plantains in preheated 425 degree oven. Baking at this high heat will ensure that 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.

They will keep well stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to one week. You can reheat easily by baking for a few minutes at 350 degrees F, until the plantains have become slightly hot.

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Perfect Baked Plantains Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Perfect Baked Plantains - An "oven fried" baked plantains recipe for ultra moist and tender plantain slices, perfect to serve as a side dish or enjoy as a healthy snack with dipping sauce!
Servings: 6

Ingredients

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

Instructions

  • 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. 

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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.

Nutrition

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, Snack
Cuisine: Caribbean
Author: Sommer Collier

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36 comments on “Perfect Baked Plantains”

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  2. I LOVE sweet plantains fried, but they make such a mess and all that oil makes them very high calorie. I tried this recipe and wow, they came out perfect. No mess, used parchment paper and almost ate them right out of the oven.
    Wondering if you can bake green plantains this way? (tostones)???

    • Hi Leslie,

      I’m so glad you liked them. And yes, you can make tostones like this. Be sure to press the unripened plantains flat with a plate (the traditional method) so they are very thin and the edges are rough. This helps them get really crisp in the oven. :)

  3. I LOVE sweet plantains fried, but they make such a mess and all that oil makes them very high calorie. I tried this recipe and wow, they came out perfect. No mess, used parchment paper and almost ate them right out of the oven.
    Wondering if you can bake green plantains this way? (tostones)???

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  5. My family LOVED this recipe!!! 😋😋🤤🤤🤤
    So so yummy! I made some coconut whipped cream to put on top and they were absolutely delicious!!!
    Thank you for this simple and easy yet perfectly amazing recipe! 🍌🍌🍌

  6. My husband made them while I perfected the Jerk Chicken and Rice and Peas!! He followed my directions and suggestions for applying the Olive Oil and they were perfect!! I mean PERFECT!!!!!! That is not often a description I give of his cooking.

    I didn’t want to fry them because I wanted them to be moist and soft. I told him to not sprinkle the Olive Oil on each slither but to put the plantain in your hand to rub the Olive Oil all over it and then place it back in the pan and then add salt. We used Sea Salt.

    They were just perfect. I thought 3 plantains would be enough as 4 of us were eating and my daughter confessed that she didn’t care for them. We had a little of everything left and will have to bake the last plantain to go with our small portion for today’s lunch.

    Great recipe!!! I will use it again and I will be sharing it!

    Satisfied!

  7. I made these tonight. They were easy to prepare and delicious to eat. We ate them hot, just out of the oven. They were gone in minutes! Simple, easy, healthy, and delicious! Thanks for the recipe.

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  9. 10 min on each side burnt some of the batch for me.

  10. It has been a while since I made plantains. This recipe tasted better than I remembered. I will definitely make it again.

  11. Definitely will have to try these for my family! 

  12. This was a huge hit with my kids! They really loved it!

  13. I am so excited to have found this recipe! I love plantain chips and can’t wait to make my own! 

  14. I have had a deep love for plantains for years! This is the perfect way to make these at home and have them taking great!

  15. YUM! thanks for sharing this!

  16. My son had these at a friend’s house and wanted me to make them again. I am so happy I found this recipe because it was a HUGE hit! Thank you!

  17. My plantains ripened before I could make Mofongo, so I’ll try this. It sounds delicious! I’ll be using it as a side dish instead of potatoes. What would go well with it?

  18. 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?

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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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  24. 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.

  25. Tastes amazing in ghee too!

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

  27. 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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  29. Can they be frozen for use later?

  30. How long do they last at room temp?