If you are looking for a healthy plantain recipe, you have to try boiled plantain. It is as easy as it gets and the plantains still retain their delicious, naturally-sweet taste.
You may call it cooking bananas; but here in the Caribbean and Latin America too, we call large, thicker skinned bananas – plantains.
They are usually starchy and can be eaten while green or when ripe. Green plantains make wonderful chips and are great substitutes to regular potato fries.
But, ripe plantains are where all the sweetness and flavor are at. They have this starchy but sweet banana flavor that can complement both sweet and savory dishes.
Some even eat it raw! But, in the Caribbean, we prefer to cook it.
Fried ripe plantain is a very popular side dish when served with hot sada roti in Trinidad. I have had this combo for years (with tomato choka), especially when growing up.
But, fried foods are not exactly in the healthy foods category. That’s where boiled plantains come in. This is THE simplest way to cook ripe plantains – it’s practically fool-proof and you only need one ingredient.
How to Make Boiled Plantain
To make boiled plantains, I recommend using very ripe plantains with a couple black spots. Ripe fruits tend to be much, much sweeter – I prefer it sweeter, and I’m sure you will too.
Wash the fruit with warm soapy water. This is especially important now more than ever to kill any germs on the plantain.
Cut both ends of the plantain and slice into the thick peel along the length of the fruit. You should be able to pull the peel off from there. It’s so easy to do.
You can leave the peel on too; but I prefer to remove it.
Next, cut the plantains into thick slices. Add to a pot of boiling water and allow the slices to soften.
Use a fork to check the softness of the slices. It usually takes about 15 to 25 minutes to completely soften.
You’ll see a lot of starchy froth in the water at the end. Strain this water and rinse the cooked slices to remove the starchiness.
You can serve as is; or add some salt and pepper for more flavor. Add the slices to salads or use as a simple side dish with rice, beans and stews.
- 2 large plantains
- salt, pepper (optional)
- Wash the plantains with warm soapy water.
- Remove both ends of the fruit.
- Slice into the peel along the length of the plantains.
- Pull to remove the peel.
- Slice into half inch pieces.
- Add to boiling water and cook until the slices have softened.
- Rinse the slices to remove any starchy residue.
- Serve as is or with salt and pepper.
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