Tostones - Fried Green Plantain

Tostones are a delicious fried snack found in just about every restaraunt on the island. Consisting of a green plantain (banana) that you fry, smash down into a chip and fry again - it's a quick snack that can go with almost any meal.

  • Green Plantains : At least one, but the sky is the limit
  • Oil : 1/2 cup (Enough to submerge & fry your sliced plantains)
  • Salt : 1 tablespoon

  • A preferably deep and thin pan for frying oil
  • A frying pan to smash your plantains, or for perfect tostones every time you can pick up a Tostonera

  • Peel your plantains, removing all of the green exterior and stringy material.
  • Cut your plantains DIAGONALLY. Having your plantains cut diagonally gives your chips more surface when we flatten them out. (This youtube video has a great example of a diagonal cut)
  • Once your oil is hot, place your chopped plantains and let them cook in the oil until they become a light golden-brown.
  • Remove your Tostones and place on a cutting board and using a pot, pan or your new Tostonera, smash the lightly fried plantains into thin (1/4 inch or so) plantain chips, the thinner they are the more crunchy they will get - so experiment and figure out what level of fluffy vs crispy you prefer!
  • Throw your chips back to fry in the oil for a few more minutes until a healthy golden yellow develops on both sides of the plantain chip
  • Throw them into a bowl with some napkins to blot off the excess oil
  • Sprinkle some salt (or what ever seasonings you prefer, experiment!) and enjoy thme with some puerto rican mayo-ketchup!