October 22, 2012

Oven Baked "Fried" Plantains

This should have been a Savory Sunday post, but I'm still recovering from the weekend, so now this is a Savory Sunday on Monday post! Please forgive me. What we have tonight is PLANTAINS!! Yummy! Normally plantains are really tasty, but fried and greasy. Fried nor greasy are what we strive for while eating Paleo. I wanted to find a way to make plantains at home, but still be just as tasty as the fried plantains that I would get in a restaurant. More specifically, I wanted plantans that tasted like the ones on the hot bar at Whole Foods! They claim to be baked and I LLLLOOOVVVEEE them! After a little bit of trial and error I figured it out! They are really easy to make in the oven.

The first few times that I attempted to make plantains, they ended up stuck to the pan, too dry or not soft enough. I even tried to make them on the grill and they ended up BURNT to a crisp. I'm talking about black on the bottom and still yellow and pretty on top. An absolute disaster. Anyway, I had to figure out how to solve two issues. 1. Not having them stick to the bottom of the pan and 2. Making sure that they were soft, but not burnt.

When dealing with sticky foods or baking, parchment paper is my friend. My best friend. It NEVER lets me down, so this is how I solved issue #1. Bake them on parchment paper. It is a known fact that plantains/bananas become softer on the inside and darker/spotty on the outside as they start to ripen. Soooo this was my solution to issue #2. USE A REALLY RIPE PLANTAIN. Duh! I don't know why I didn't figure this out from the get go, but I'm sure glad that I did! Now I buy plantains days ahead of time to allow them ample time to get nice and black/spotty.
Ripe Plantains
Besides their great flavor plantains are also very low in Saturated Fat, Cholesterol and Sodium. They are a good source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin B6 and potassium. On the other hand, plantains are high in sugars.* For more nutritional data about plantains, please visit Nutrition Data.

Oven Baked “Fried” Plantains

Prep Time: 5 minutes                               Cook Time: 25 minutes

1 Really Ripe Plantain
Coconut Oil

       1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
       2. Slice plantain at an angle into about ¾ inch slices.
       3. Place the slices into a small bowl and coat with coconut oil. Plantains should be coated in oil but not saturated in oil.
       4. Gently move the slices around in the oil to make sure that all sides are covered.
       5. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet/pan in a single layer and not touching one another.
       6. Cover sheet/pan with aluminum foil, secure the sides then poke three holes in the top of the foil.
      7. Bake until nicely browned, slightly crispy and soft. BE SURE TO WATCH THEM AND TURN THEM FREQENTLY FOR EVEN BROWNING.

Serves 1.5 people

Side Note: Make sure that the plantain is nice a spotty, even black in certain spots. If you plantain isn’t ripe enough it will just brown on the outside while you cook it but it won’t be soft. 1 plantain is a bit much for one person, but not enough for two people, hence 1.5 people! LOL! 

*Source Nutrition Data


  1. Hi CurlFriends:

    I'm a Cross Fitter in Atlanta and owner of a new company called The Textured Hair Institute (www.texturedhairinstitute.com). I am so excited to see this page. I was Googling plantain recipes (cuz I need a sugar substitute with my food and find these delightful)and I saw Paleo Curls? ummm.... We have to find some way to collaborate. Maybe feature you all at my company's blog. Even though it is for stylist, this would be an interesting story. Do you ladies Cross Fit? How did you learn about Paleo Diet? I'm transitioining to this diet. I love how I feel since i've been doing it straight the past 21 days. Inflammation in my hip...gone!


  2. Hi Tish!!! It's so nice to hear that you too are a Crossfitting Curlfriend! We both Crossfit as well and that is how we were introduced to the Paleo lifestyle. We basically did (and continue to do) lots of research via the web and/or printed materials. One thing that really helps with transitioning into the lifestyle is to try a WHOLE 30. Check out www.whole9.com for more details. That's an awesome site and the WHOLE 30 won't let you down. We're glad to see that you've been going for 21 days (almost a whole 30) and you've notice a difference in your inflammation. We've noticed a LOT of changes since eating real food on a regular basis. In terms of a collaboration, please let us know any ideas you have or how we can make it happen! Please email us. Paleocurls@gmail.com. We hope to hear from you and congrats on transitioning into a healthy lifetsyle! :)

    -Sophina and Tai

  3. Sorry to comment on an older post, but I'm assuming you melted the coconut oil before coating?