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.

Jessica van Dop DeJesus, May 2021


Credit: Evan de Normandie

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35 mins
35 mins


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  • 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

225 calories; fat 12g; cholesterol 4mg; sodium 245mg; carbohydrates 32g; dietary fiber 2g; protein 1g; sugars 16g; niacin equivalents 1mg; saturated fat 2g; vitamin a iu 1074IU; potassium 483mg.