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Fried Sweet Plantains

Perfect caramelized fried sweet plantains, or maduros, are fried until browned on the outside and tender on the inside. Made with just ripe plantains and cooking fat, they make a perfect side dish for any meal. Naturally gluten-free, paleo, and Whole30-approved.
Course Appetizer, Breakfast, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword Fried plantain recipe, fried sweet plantains, Maduros recipe
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 11 minutes
Calories 196kcal
Author Kelly


  • 2 medium yellow with brown spots or brown plantains (about 10.5 ounces without the skin)
  • 1-2 tablespoons ghee (or butter or oil)
  • sea salt


  • Peel and slice plantains into 1/2-1 inch rounds at a slight angle. Since plantains have a thick skin, you will need to slice through the skin with a knife to peel them. Just be careful not to cut through the plantain.
  • Heat a large nonstick sauté pan over medium-low heat, add ghee and let it get hot, about 30 seconds. Next, add plantains, spreading out evenly in the pan and allowing some room between them. You may need to make them in two batches depending on how big your pan is.
  • Sauté for 4-6 minutes, flipping once halfway through, until tender and golden brown and caramelized. Sprinkle with lots of sea salt and enjoy!⁠


to make them vegan, use your favorite cooking oil


Serving: 1/3 of recipe | Calories: 196kcal | Carbohydrates: 31.6g | Protein: 1.3g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5.3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2.5g | Potassium: 484mg | Fiber: 1.7g | Sugar: 17.3g | Vitamin A: 1380IU | Vitamin C: 18mg | Calcium: 3.3mg | Iron: 0.5mg