If you’re a fan of crunchy snacks and love exploring new flavours, then you’re in for a treat with our plantain chips recipe! Plantain chips are a delicious and nutritious alternative to regular potato chips and are incredibly easy to make at home. In this plantain chips recipe guide, we’ll walk you through the process step by step, whether you prefer fried, air-fried or baked. Let’s dive into the world of crispy green plantain chips!
What are plantain chips made of
Plantain chips are made from green plantains, a starchy variety of bananas. The plantains are thinly sliced, flavoured with salt and other seasonings, fried, air-fried, or baked to create the crispy snack we all know and love. Homemade plantain chips are easy to make and ready in minutes. They are also healthier than store-bought plantain chips.
Are plantain chips Jamaican
Plantain chips are enjoyed in many parts of the world, including Jamaica. Chips made from plantain or banana are one of Jamaica’s popular snacks. Instead of potato chips, plantain or banana chips are the snacks for Jamaicans to buy and snack on.
Do plantain chips taste like bananas
No, plantain chips don’t taste like bananas. Green plantains have a mild, starchy flavour with a hint of earthiness, and when turned into chips, they become crispy and savoury.
Plantain chips ingredients
Here are the ingredients you need for this plantain chips recipe.
- Green plantain: Start by choosing green, unripe plantains. They should be firm to the touch and not too soft or ripe. You can also use sweet, yellow plantain to make plantain chips, but the method used to get the chips crispy is beyond the scope of this recipe post.
- Seasoning: All you really need is a little salt, and if you want a hint of chilli, add black pepper, cayenne pepper or chilli powder. But you don’t have to stop there. I’ve used paprika and other seasoning to add a bit of zest to my plantain chips.
- Cooking oil: Any fry oil will do. I used grapeseed oil. Use cooking spray if you’re air frying or baking the plantain chips.
How to make homemade plantain chips
- Peel: Peel the plantains and slice them into round, even, thin slices. The thinner the slices, the quicker the chips will cook and crispier. Green plantains don’t peel as easily as ripe ones. A tip to make the task easier is to cut off the plantains’ ends, score down one of the plantain edges, flip the plantain around, and then attempt to peel.
- Add seasoning: You can add the seasoning now or later after making the plantain chips. However, if you’re using seasonings such as paprika like I did, it’s best to coat the plantain before cooking. If you’re only using salt, you can add it afterwards. Place the plantain slices in a bowl and add the seasoning. The plantain slices will stick together, so make sure to take them apart to coat all plantain slices on both sides. If you’re using an air-fryer or the oven to cook the plantain chips, also lightly coat the plantain slices with cooking spray.
- Fry: Though I choose to fry my plantain chips, you can air-fry or bake for a healthier option, as you will use less oil. Ensure the oil is hot before adding the plantain slices, about 350°F (175°C). Fry the plantain slices in batches until they turn golden brown and crispy, which should take about 2-3 minutes per batch. If you are air-frying the plantain chips, preheat your air fryer to 375°F (190°C). Cook for 8-10 minutes, flipping them halfway through or until they are crispy and golden brown.
- Golden brown: Remove the chips with a slotted spoon and place them on a paper towel to remove excess oil.
How do you fry plantain chips without sticking together
To prevent plantain chips from sticking together while frying, follow these tips:
- Ensure the oil is at the correct temperature (around 350°F or 175°C) before adding the chips.
- Fry the chips in small batches so they have enough space to move around in the oil.
- Use a slotted spoon or spider strainer to remove the chips from the oil and allow excess oil to drain before transferring them to a paper towel-lined plate.
- If you didn’t add before, sprinkle salt or spices immediately after frying to prevent clumping.
What makes plantain chips crunchy
The cooking method and the slices’ thickness are the key to achieving crispy plantain chips. Whether you choose to fry or air-fry them, the thinness of the slices allows for even cooking and crispiness. Additionally, frying or air-frying at the right temperature ensures that the moisture inside the plantains evaporates, leaving you with crunchy, addictive chips.
Are plantain chips healthy
Plantain chips can be a healthier snack option compared to traditional potato chips when prepared without excessive oil. Green plantains are a good source of complex carbohydrates, fibre, and essential vitamins like vitamins C and A. However, the healthiness of your plantain chips depends on how they are prepared. Baking or air frying with minimal oil can reduce the calorie content and make them a better choice.
Are plantain chips vegan
Yes, plantain chips are indeed vegan. They are made from green plantains, which are a type of starchy banana. Since plantain chips don’t contain any animal-derived ingredients, they are suitable for vegans and vegetarians to enjoy guilt-free.
Crispy plantain chips recipe
- 2 Green plantain
- ½ tsp Salt
- ⅛ tsp Black pepper Optional
- ⅛ tsp Paprika Optional
- Oil cooking spray for air frying or baking
Frying the Plantain Chips
- Peel the plantains and chop them into round, thin, even slices.
- Sprinkle the seasoning over each plantain slice and coat well. You can also add this after frying.
- Heat enough oil (so that the plantain pieces are swimming in it) in a deep frying pan or skillet to 350°F (175°C).
- In batches, fry the plantain chips until golden brown, which should take about 2-3 minutes per batch.
- Remove the chips with a slotted spoon and place them on a paper towel to remove excess oil. (If you didn't before, make sure to add the salt immediately)
Air Frying the Plantain Chips
- Preheat your air fryer to 375°F (190°C).
- Lightly coat the plantain slices with cooking spray and arrange them in a single layer in the air fryer basket.
- Cook for 8-10 minutes, flipping them halfway through, or until they are crispy and golden brown.
- Season with salt immediately after removing from the air fryer.
- Though I add my seasoning before frying, there is also the option of adding it after.
- Bake for about 15 to 20 at 150 °C
More Plantain Recipe:
Let’s stay connected! Find me on:
- Also subscribe to my newsletter for recipe updates!
THANK YOU for all of your support, for visiting my blog, commenting, and sharing my recipes with your friends and family. I am SO thankful for you!
If you like this plantain chips recipe, then don’t forget to rate it and leave a comment below. I would LOVE to hear about your experience and your comments just make my day!