Tostones, crispy smashed fried plantains, are a beloved treat in Puerto Rico and the rest of the Caribbean. Enjoy them as an appetizer or serve them as a side with a plate of rice and beans. Read more about tostones., May 2021


Credit: Evan de Normandie

Recipe Summary

35 mins
35 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Score plantain peel lengthwise in 4 places, then pull the peel off. Cut the plantains into 1 1/2-inch diagonal slices. (If you have the time, soak the plantains in a medium bowl of cold water for 10 minutes, then pat dry. This will result in crispier tostones.) Line a large plate with paper towels.

  • Heat oil in a 10-inch skillet over medium heat until hot (375°F). Add half the plantain slices and cook, turning once, until they're lightly browned, crispy and sound hollow when tapped, about 2 minutes per side. Transfer to the prepared plate until cool enough to handle.

  • Place the fried plantains on a clean, hard surface. Using the bottom of a mason jar or small saucepan, smash them flat. Reheat the oil over medium heat; refry the tostones until hot, about 2 minutes more. Transfer to the plate and sprinkle with salt. Repeat frying, smashing and refrying with the remaining batch of plantain slices.

  • Stir mayonnaise, ketchup and garlic powder together in a small bowl. Serve with the tostones.

Nutrition Facts

about 3 tostones & 1 Tbsp. dipping sauce
66 calories; protein 0.1g; carbohydrates 0.3g; dietary fiber 0g; soluble fiber 0g; insoluble fiber 0g; sugars 0.1g; monosaccharides 0g; disaccharides 0.1g; other carbs 0.2g; fat 7.3g; saturated fat 1.1g; mono fat 1.8g; poly fat 3.9g; trans fatty acid 0g; cholesterol 3.5mg; water 1.4g; ash 0.1g; vitamin a iu 25.7IU; vitamin a re 7.5RE; vitamin a carotenoid 0.2RE; vitamin a retinol 7.3RE; vitamin a carotene 0.5mcg; vitamin b1 thiamin 0mg; vitamin b2 riboflavin 0mg; vitamin b3 niacin 0mg; niacin equivalents 0mg; vitamin b6 0.1mg; vitamin b12 0mcg; vitamin c 0mg; vitamin e alpha equivalents 0.5mg; vitamin e iu 0.7IU; vitamin e mg 0.5mg; folate 0.5mcg; vitamin k 3.9mcg; pantothenic acid 0mg; calcium 0.6mg; chromium 0mcg; copper 0mg; iron 0mg; magnesium 0.1mg; manganese 0mg; phosphorus 2.3mg; potassium 1.1mg; selenium 0.2mcg; sodium 52.1mg; zinc 0mg; 40 butyric 0g; 60 caprioc 0g; 80 caprylic 0g; 100 capric 0g; 120 lauric 0g; 140 myristic 0g; 160 palmitic 0.8g; 180 stearic 0.3g; 161 palmitol 0g; 181 oleic 2.1g; 201 eicosen 0g; 221 erucic 0g; 182 linoleic 3.4g; 183 linolenic 0.4g; 184 stearidon 0g; 204 arachidon 0g; 205 epa 0g; 225 dpa 0g; 226 dha 0g; omega 3 fatty acid 0.4g; omega 6 fatty acid 3.5g; alanine 0g; arginine 0g; cystine 0g; glycine 0g; histidine 0g; isoleucine 0g; leucine 0g; lysine 0g; methionine 0g; phenylalanine 0g; proline 0g; serine 0g; threonine 0g; tryptophan 0g; tyrosine 0g; valine 0g; alcohol 0g; caffeine 0mg; pyramid fat 0; exchange fat 0; energy 65.7kcal; aspartic acid 0g; glutamic acid 0g; phytosterols 20.4mg; thiamin 0mg; riboflavin 0mg.