Fried Plantain Toast with Pickled Onion is a unique, dreamy, sweet and savory combination. It’s fantastic on its own and makes for a fabulous meal with a salad.Making fried plantain toast is similar to making avocado toast. There’s just one additional step, and that’s cooking the plantain.
First, what is a plantain?
- Plantains are grown in tropical regions around the world, and are used primarily in Central and South America, the Caribbean, Africa, and Southeast Asia.
- Though they’re a fruit in the same family as bananas, plantains are quite different and are generally treated like a vegetable. They can be baked, boiled, fried, grilled, or steamed — I love them the most when they’re fried.
- They can’t be eaten raw and are therefore often referred to as “cooking bananas.”
How to Tell When a Plantain is Ripe
A plantain can be cooked and eaten at all stages — green, yellow and black. However, unlike bananas, a plantain is fully ripe when it has many dark spots, and can be almost all black.
They have a much thinner skin than bananas and the less ripe they are, the more difficult to peel.
What do Plantains taste like?
The reason plantains must be cooked, is that when raw they’re very bland, not at all sweet, and incredibly starchy. They simply do not taste good — similar to a raw potato.
When cooked however, a plantain transforms into a very delicious sweet treat.
I especially love them fried because easily absorb oil making them creamy inside and crisp outside, which is why this Fried Plantain Toast is so amazing.
Are plantains good for you?
Yes, they are. They’re a rich source of vitamins and minerals, are cholesterol-free, low in fat and sodium, and are a good source of fiber.
What’s in Fried Plantain Toast with Pickled Onion?
Plantain, oil, toast, salt, pickled onion. That’s all it takes to create this deliciousness!
Why you Should try Fried Plantain Toast with Pickled Onion
- If you’re not familiar with plantains or don’t eat them often, it’s a huge treat!
- It’s SO delicious! The unique blend of the sweet, crispy on the outside-creamy on the inside plantains is perfectly balanced by Lime Pickled Onions which are fresh, tangy and have a slight crunch.
- It’s fun and will wow anyone you serve it to.
I hope you love this awesome dish as much as I do!
Delicious Salads to Serve with Fried Plantain Toast:
- Grilled Little Gem Lettuce Salad
- Chopped Mexican Salad with Pepitas
- Mango-Avocado Salad with Panela Croutons
More recipes using plantains:
Fried Plantain Toast with Pickled Onion is a unique, dreamy, sweet and savory combination. It’s fantastic on its own and makes for a fabulous meal with a salad.
*Please note that the pickled onions should be made at least a day ahead of time.
Generously coat the bottom of an approximately 12-inch, non-stick skillet with the oil and place it over medium-high heat. (The oil should be somewhere between coating the pan and approximately ⅛ inch deep.)
Once the oil is hot, sprinkle the plantain slices lightly with salt and add them to the pan. You should hear a sizzling sound -- if you don't, it's not hot enough yet. Fry them until the bottoms are golden, about 4 minutes. Then gently flip them over and cook until the bottoms are golden, about 3 minutes. (The pan will become hotter as you cook, so the second side will take a bit less time.)
Remove the fried plantains from the pan and put them in a mixing bowl. Then pour any excess oil from the pan into the bowl. Mash them with a fork until it's partially smooth and partially chunky.
Divide the mashed fried plantains between the four slices of toast, and then divide the Lime Pickled Onions among them. Sprinkle with the chopped chives if desired, and serve.
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