Tostones are a Puerto Rican dish made from crispy, fried plantains. So what are plantains? They are in the banana family, but you don’t want to eat one like a banana! Since they are more starchy, they need to be cooked prior to eating…and this is one way to do just that!


  • Canola oil
  • 2 Green Plantains, peeled and sliced into 1 1/2″ pieces
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • Fresh Guacamole
  • Sour cream


1. Heat about 1/2″ of oil in a heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Add half of the plantain slice to the hot oil and fry for 3 minutes on each side.

2. Remove from skillet and drain on a paper towel. Repeat with remaining plantains.

3. When all slices have been fried, use a mallet, pastry scraper or small plate to press each slice to a thickness of about 1/3″.

4. Return the flattened slices to the hot oil and fry again until browned and crispy, about 2 minutes on each side.

5. Drain on paper towels and salt to taste.

6. Serve topped with guacamole, sour cream and cilantro.

Many toppings work well with tostones. Try it with shrimp or a mango salsa!


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