‘Tostones’ Double-fried Green Plantains

Tostones, or fried green (unripe) plantains, are a staple of the Puerto Rican diet.

– Editor’s Note, New Worlder




vegetable oil, for deep frying
1 green plantain, peeled and cut crosswise into 1-inch slices
Kosher salt


Prep Time: 10 Minutes

Serves: 6-8 Tostones




In a large skillet, heat 3 inches of oil over medium-high heat to 350º F. Line a plate with paper towels.


Carefully drop the plantain slices into the hot oil and fry on both sides for about 3 minutes.


Using a slotted spoon, transfer the plantains to the paper towel-lined plate. Flatten the plantains using a tostonera (a utensil made especially for this task) or a plate or other object with a flat surface.


Return the flattened slices to the hot oil and fry them again for 1 minute on each side. Remove with tongs and drain again on the paper towels. Season with salt and serve immediately.




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