[Lighter] Fried Plantains

Last week D and I watched Marley on Netflix – a Bob Marley documentary that came out last year. We both are big Bob fans, and watching the video had me really missing Jamaica. Mostly the food! So, I made some fried plantains as a side-dish with breakfast Sunday morning.

Fried Plantains with Lime and Sea Salt

I absolutely love fried plantains, and they’re really easy to make. But, since they’re *fried* they’re not exactly the healthiest snack. So, I endeavored to use a lot less oil in cooking these, to make them a bit healthier. I also used olive oil instead of vegetable oil to try to get some healthier fats in there.

On their own, plantains are quite nutritious. They are high in fiber, potassium, magnesium and vitamins A, B6 and C. They are also low in cholesterol and saturated fat. Nice. Another good thing about them is that they’re usually pretty inexpensive at the grocery store!

You will need:

  • 3-4 Tblsp Olive Oil
  • 2 (or more) Plantains
  • 1 tsp (or more) Lime Juice
  • Pinch of coarse salt

Chopping Plantains


Heat olive oil in frying pan over medium-high heat. Slice the plantains into about 1/2 inch thick slices. I like to slice them on a slight diagonal. When the olive oil has heated up, add the plantains. Cook on one side until they’re a bit golden. This should take less than one minute. Flip the plantain slices to brown on opposite side. Once they’ve finished, removed them from pan and onto a paper towel to drain any excess oil. Sprinkle warm plantains with lime juice and sea (or coarse) salt, to taste. Serve warm.

Yummy Fried Plantains

Fried Plantains

Enjoy! (This is making me want to whip up another batch….)