Experience the delicious flavors of Latin American cuisine with this authentic recipe for tostones. Tostones, also known as fried plantains, are a popular side dish or snack in many Latin American countries. Made from green plantains, tostones are sliced, fried until golden and crispy, and then flattened and fried again. The result is a delightful combination of soft and tender interiors with a crispy exterior. Whether served as an appetizer, a side dish, or a tasty snack, tostones are sure to impress with their irresistible texture and flavor.
Authentic Tostones Recipe
- cutting board and knife
- frying pan
- Paper towels
- flat surface
- green palntain
- vegetable oil
- salt and pepper
- herbs and spices optional
- Start by peeling the green plantains. Cut off the ends of each plantain and make a lengthwise incision along the ridges of the plantain skin. Gently remove the skin.
- Cut the plantains into thick slices, approximately 1 inch (2.5 cm) in thickness.In a large frying pan or deep fryer, heat vegetable oil to approximately 350°F (175°C)
- Carefully add the plantain slices to the hot oil, frying them in batches to avoid overcrowding the pan.Fry the plantains for about 2-3 minutes on each side, or until they turn golden brown.
- Use tongs or a slotted spoon to remove the fried plantains from the oil and place them on a paper towel-lined plate to drain excess oil.Allow the fried plantain slices to cool slightly.Once cooled, take each fried plantain slice and flatten it using a tostonera or the bottom of a glass. Apply gentle pressure to flatten them to about half their original thickness.Return the flattened plantain slices to the hot oil and fry them again for another 2-3 minutes on each side, until they turn crispy and golden brown.
- Use tongs or a slotted spoon to remove the tostones from the oil and transfer them to a paper towel-lined plate to drain excess oil.
- Sprinkle the tostones with salt or seasonings of your choice while they are still hot.Serve the tostones immediately as a side dish or snack. They pair well with a variety of dipping sauces, such as garlic sauce, avocado dip, or mojo sauce.