Sweet & Spicy Plantain Fritters

1 cup flour
3/4 cup water
1 teaspoon light brown sugar
1 teaspoon chipotle chile powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
pinch cinnamon
1 egg
3 ripe plantains, peeled and cubed.
canola oil


Whisk flour, brown sugar, baking powder, chile powder, water and egg in a large bowl and whisk until batter is smooth. Fold in plantain. Heat 1/4 to 1/2 inch oil in a large skillet. Drop 1/4 cups of the batter into the hot oil. Fry until golden and cooked through, flipping once halfway through the cooking time.

My thoughts:

These plantain fritters are my favorite way to eat plantains. They are slightly sweet but also rather spicy so they avoid that “shouldn’t this be dessert?” issue I’ve found with some plantain recipes. They are great served with pork or chicken or even as a snack or light lunch on their own with a small salad.


  1. Chris was looking over my shoulder when your new post opened in google reader and he's now drooling. We <3 plantains. Thanks for the great recipe!

  2. I can’t wait to try these. Thanks 🙂

  3. Can one use bananas instead?
    It seems very delicious, but no Plantains in Israel.

    Thank you Vered

  4. You could try bananas but the end result would be rather different. I’d suggest using barely ripe, very firm bananas.

  5. I’ve had plantains a few times, and have loved them! How do you know when a plantain is ripe?

  6. Heather- Yellow plantains are ripe but green (upripe) ones are used in cooking as well.

  7. ooh, i love fried plantains! my fav burrito features them with pulled chicken/pork and black beans. these would make a fantastic addition 🙂

  8. yummity yum yum! I love plaintains so so much!

  9. Plantains are so tasty, I’ve never had them savory like this before, but I like the combination of spicy and sweet — good call :).

  10. I do love plantains but haven’t tried too many recipes outside of the tostones route. I’ll have to give these a shot.

  11. mmmm. i’m thinking appetizers with this. put some toothpicks out and maybe make a little dipping sauce (sweet or savory). that’s one thing i LOVE aobut plantains is that they lend themselves so well to sweet or savory dishes. this is right up my alley! great blog, btw.