Kinda Easy Tostones Recipe

Tostones are an easy appetizer and the perfect side for a salad or any other simple meal.  These deliciously crispy fried plantains are a staple in many different cuisines like Central America, Caribbean Islands, and Central Africa.  



The Right Plantains 

The key to savory tostones is to find unripe green plantains.  Once the plantains ripen they are still perfectly okay for tostones but they will be on the sweeter side.  

Peeling green plantains can be a little tricky the first time, specially if they are green and unripe. Plantains are very starchy and the peel sticks on tight.  When I first tried tostones I fell in love and just had to try to make them at home to ditch the vegetable oil from restaurants and use coconut oil or ghee at home.  Thankfully a good friend from Cuba taught us the perfect technique to get the entire peel off in two easy steps!  This technique saves so much time trying to get that pesky hard peel off. 

Peeling a green plantain:

  1. Cut off the ends of the plantain.  Carefully cut two lines lengthwise on opposite sides of the plantain.
  2. With a spoon gently lift the peel along the two cut lines. 

Why We Double Fry

The double fry process for tostones is truly worth every splatter. Dipping them in water after the first fry results in the crispiest tostones ever.  You can fry these in avocado oil, coconut oil, ghee, lard, or my personal favorite tallow!  Pick one of the fats recommend in our safe fats & oils page.  Depending on the fat or oil you will see exactly how much of it you need to double fry the tostones.  The more stable fats like tallow have a higher smoke point and are ideal for deep frying.  Fried foods are back, well they actually never left in primitive cultures but healthy fats have been given the green light now by medical and nutrition pros.


Savory OR Sweet

Everything!  You can fry tostones for a quick appetizer, snack, even serve them over a salad! Our favorite way of eating tostones is with my homemade guacamole.  My kids love them, and I feel peace of mind giving my kids this over the saltine crackers I grew up with!  Tostones definitely knock those crackers out of the field!  


Kinda Like Churros 

If your plantains are yellow and ripe you can definitely still use them!  Those are perfect for a sweet treat.  Swap the salt and mix about a teaspoon of sugar with 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon to cover the sweet tostones. The taste of this reminds of me the sugar churros from carnivals and even Costco’s food court.  The plantain is starchy like the flour in churros, and they’re dipped in this same sugar mix! 

Easy Fried Tostones Recipe
Traditional latin recipe for crispy tostones made with coconut oil.
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  1. 2 green plantains, or ripe for sweet tostones
  2. 1/4 cup coconut oil
  3. 1 teaspoon sea salt
  4. bowl of water
  1. Peel the plantains.
  2. Slice the plantains into 1-2" slices.
  3. In a skillet over medium heat melt 1-2 tablespoons coconut oil.
  4. Fry the plantains 2 minutes on each side, and set them in a paper towel lined plate.
  5. Turn off or lower the heat once they're all fried to prepare the tostones for the second fry.
  6. With a mason jar, or a mug squish the plantain slices down.
  7. Dip the plantains into the water bowl for extra crispy tostones.
  8. Turn up the heat to medium heat, add more coconut oil.
  9. Fry the tostones until golden.
  10. Sprinkle with sea salt for savory tostones.
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