The complete, self-planning vacation
guide to Honduras travel


Current Honduras News
Current Honduras Weather

Has This Site Helped You?
Print Entire Site - PDF file

Site Index


Travel Honduras
 in 10 Minutes on this site

Black Beans
Black Bean Soup
Conch Ceviche
Cooking Conch
Fish with Garlic
Ground Nut Soup
Fried Plantains
Honduras Coffee
Simmered Beef
Sweet Potatoes


Fried Plantains (Platanos)

At home in the U.S., you can find plantains (or platanos) in Mexican markets or larger supermarkets.  They are a cousin of the breakfast banana but are much larger.Variety of plantain maturities.  Photo courtesy of

First thing to do is look at the differences in ripening stages or maturity.  The photo at the right shows the distinction.

Green - Called verdes
Brown/Black - Called maduros (mature)

The green 'stage' is used in making tostones.  When traveling in Honduras, you will see all stages of ripeness served.  Whatever is in the kitchen gets presented to you.  When we were traveling on Roatan, I saw kids walking around eating whole verdes that had been boiled.

My recipe calls for using the black, or ripened plantain.  They are the sweetest stage as the sugars form within the fruit.  But how do you pick out a good, ripe plantain?  Easy.

You will be fine as long as the plantain isn't past its prime.  Don't buy it if the skin is starting to dry, if it is hard, or squishy.  If all the plantains are green, buy some and ripen them in a brown paper bag on your countertop.  5-6 days will do it.  Don't worry, you will get the hang of it.

One plantains serves two people.

▪     Cut the banana in half.  (Don't peel yet).
▪     Cut each 1/2 lengthwise.  You now have quartered the plantain into four equal, narrow, relatively flat pieces.
▪     Now peel the plantain, more by pulling it off with your knife than peeling per se.

▪     Heat 1/4" corn or soybean oil in a pan  (I like olive oil in the kitchen but you can't take the temperature too high)
▪     Put the plantain in the oil when the oil has reached a medium-high temperature.  If oil smokes, turn it down.
▪     Turn the plantain when the natural sugars in the fruit begin to carmelize (just starting to turn brown) - about 6 minutes
▪     Fry the other side - about 5 minutes
▪     Place fried plantains on paper towels to remove extra oil
▪     Serve.  Voilá - you are a Honduran.






©2003-2009 David Borton, All Rights Reserved         Jump to Search  &  Quick Hits Contact Us

Prayer for the Day:  from Ireland
Thought for the Day: 
St. John's Benedictine Abbey