Caramelized Ripe Plantains with Dark Rum

Plantains are a common ingredient in West African cooking. From street snacks to stews, plantains can be enjoyed at every stage of their maturing process. Green plantains can be used for chips, while yellow ones serve as a starchy side. Here, we use super-ripe black ones where the starch has turned to sugar making them perfect for dessert. Serve these plantains warm for a dessert that all will love. This recipe is perfect for a Kwanzaa celebration; read more in "Why the Karamu Feast Is My Favorite Part of Kwanzaa—and a Simple Menu to Celebrate".

Caramelized Ripe Plantains with Dark Rum
Photo: Andrea Mathis
Active Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
20 mins


  • 4 ripe plantains

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter

  • ½ cup dark Barbadian or Jamaican rum

  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar

  • Vanilla ice cream for serving (Optional)


  1. Peel plantains and slice into ½-inch rounds. Heat butter in a heavy skillet over medium heat until it starts to foam, about 2 minutes. Add the plantain slices and cook until they are lightly browned and slightly caramelized, turning once carefully, about 5 to 8 minutes. Add rum and sprinkle evenly with sugar; cook, undisturbed, until the sugar begins to caramelize slightly, about 4 minutes. Serve the plantains warm with the rum sauce and a scoop of vanilla ice cream, if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

190 Calories
2g Fat
36g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 7
Calories 190
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 36g 13%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 19g
Protein 1g 2%
Total Fat 2g 3%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 4mg 1%
Vitamin A 1203IU 24%
Sodium 5mg 0%
Potassium 511mg 11%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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