How to make Tostones (Fried Plantains) Recipe

Puerto Rican Tostones (Fried Plantains) Recipe

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Vadim Rachok
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Puerto Rican Tostones (fried plantains) offer a delicious, quick bite, ideal for a satisfying breakfast. These crunchy, savory treats have a unique combination of flavors, offering a mildly sweet taste with a hint of caramelization from the frying process. 

Puerto Rican Tostones are a delightful Puerto Rican snack that effortlessly combines simplicity and flavor. The unique blend of mildly sweet plantains with a crispy exterior makes these a delightful treat, perfect for any time of day. The quick and easy preparation ensures a satisfying experience without compromising on taste. Dive into the world of Puerto Rican cuisine with these crunchy, savory tostones!

Moreover, the Tostones recipe calls for simple ingredients and a quick preparation process. Thus, you do not need to spend a lot of time and effort.  

Puerto Rican Tostones (Fried Plantains) Recipe

Ingredients for Puerto Rican Tostones

You only need 4 ingredients to make fried plantains. Plus, these are basic ingredients you already have at home.

  • Plantain –  Use green firm plantain for this recipe.
  • Oil – You will need oil for frying the plantains.
  • Cold water – Prepare a bowl of cold water to dip the plantain slices.
  • Salt – It enhances the flavor of the dish.

Puerto Rican Tostones (Fried Plantains) step by step Recipe

How to Make Fried Plantains?

Let’s take a look at how to make Puerto Rican tostones. Here are the main steps of this recipe.

  1. To make Puerto Rican tostone, start by peeling the plantains. Then cut them into 1-inch slices. 
  2. Prepare a bowl of cold water.
  3. Heat the oil in a large, deep skillet over medium-high heat. 
  4. Add the plantain slices and fry for about 3 1/2 minutes per side. 
  5. Transfer the plantain slices to a cutting board and flatten them with a plant. Then dip them in the bowl of water.
  6. Heat the oil in the skillet again and fry the slices for 1 minute on each side. 
  7. Season with salt and serve.

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Why it is Better to Soak Tostones in Water?

According to the recipe, the tostones are soaked in water before being fried a second time. This technique guarantees exceptionally crispy tostones. However, if you prefer, you can skip this step without compromising the flavor of the dish.

What to Serve with Tostones?

There are several ways to serve tostones. There are the most common of them:

  • You can serve fried plantains with any kind of rice and beans.
  • Tostones complement various stews and soups wonderfully as their crispy texture absorbs the savory broth, enhancing the overall flavor.
  • You can also serve them as appetizers.

A wonderful side dish recipe that has nothing unnecessary except for maximum flavor and benefits. The dish contains fiber, pectin, potassium, and vitamins A, C, B6. Dietary fiber normalizes bowel function and helps lower blood sugar levels. This dish is a great choice as a side dish for lunch or dinner and will provide you with clean energy without a feeling of heaviness.

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Puerto Rican Tostones (Fried Plantains) Recipe
Author:Vadim Rachok
Puerto Rican tostones recipe - crispy fried green plantains!
How to make Tostones (Fried Plantains) Recipe
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
20 mins
The ingredients you need:
1 green plantain
5 tablespoons oil for frying
3 cups cold water
salt to taste
Let’s start !

1. Peel plantain and cut into 1-inch slices. Fill a bowl with 3 cups of cold water.


2. Heat oil in a large, deep skillet over medium heat; add the plantain slices in an even layer and fry on both sides until golden brown, about 3 1/2 minutes per side. Set skillet aside.


3. Transfer plantain slices to a chopping board; flatten each one by placing a small plate on top and pressing down. Dip plantain slices in cold water.


4. Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat; cook plantain slices for 1 minute on each side. Season with salt and serve immediately.

Nutrition Information
Servings Per Recipe: 2
Calories: 136
% Daily Value *
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 3g4%
Saturated Fat 1g3%
Sodium 14mg1%
Total Carbohydrate 29g10%
Dietary Fiber 2g8%
Total Sugars 13g 
Protein 1g 
Vitamin C 17mg83%
Calcium 13mg1%
Iron 1mg3%
Potassium 450mg10%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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When making Tostones, the second frying step after soaking in water is the secret to achieving exceptional crispiness. This technique adds that perfect crunch to your fried plantains. Don't skip this step if you want to elevate the texture of your tostones to a whole new level. Enjoy the contrast of the crispy exterior and the tender, flavorful interior by following this essential pro tip!

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