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This Maduro recipe is ripened plantains that are fried and then slow-fried until golden brown, tender, and deliciously sweet. You will be amazed at how simple these are to make and how tasty they are.
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Maduros are popular Latin and Caribbean side dish of fried plantains until golden brown, sweet, and tender. They are made from plantain vegetables, specifically ripe ones. The word maduro translates from Spanish as “ripe.” This is key to the success of this classic dish.
There are a few different ways to fry them, either quick until browned or slower at lower temperatures. I prefer the slow and low approach because it helps to soften the plantains more.
Ingredients and Substitutions
- Plantains – You will need yellow to brown spotted to all the way brown fresh plantains.
- Oil – I used avocado oil, but feel free to use your favorite neutral-flavored oil.
How to Make Maduros
Peel the plantains and slice them on a bias about ¾” to 1” thick.
Add the oil to a non-stick frying pan and heat over medium heat until it reaches 325°.
Place in the sliced plantains and cook them for 6 to 8 minutes or until browned.
Flip them over and cook for another 6 to 8 minutes so they are browned on both sides and tender.
Drain on paper towels.
Serve with optional seasoning of salt.
Make-Ahead and Storage
Make-Ahead: These are meant to be eaten as soon as they are done cooking. You can keep them warm in a pan in the oven at low temperatures (225°) for up to 15 minutes before serving.
How to Store: Maduros will be kept in the refrigerator covered in plastic for up to 3 days. These don’t freeze well after being cooked because they become mushy.
How to Reheat: Add the maduros to a pan and place them in the oven at 325° for 4-6 minutes or until hot. You can also refry them in a small amount of oil in a pan over low to medium heat until hot.
Chef Notes + Tips
- The darker plantains are, the more ripe and sweet they become.
More Side Dish Recipes
Maduros Recipe (Platanos Maduros Fritos)
- 3 very ripe plantains
- 1 ½ cups avocado oil
- Peel the plantains and slice them on a bias about ¾” to 1” thick.
- Add the oil to a non-stick frying pan and heat over medium heat until it reaches 325°.
- Place in the sliced plantains and cook them for 6 to 8 minutes or until browned.
- Flip them over and cook for another 6 to 8 minutes so they are browned on both sides and tender.
- Drain on paper towels.
- Serve with optional seasoning of salt.