Have you ever tried fried bananas? If not, you’re in for a treat! This simple recipe combines the gooey goodness of a soft interior with a crispy crust around the edges. Whether you enjoy it as a side dish, snack, or on its own, fried bananas are a sweet and tasty treat that will leave you wanting more.
Adding a Twist to a Classic
While many are familiar with fried plantains, not everyone knows that bananas can be fried too. Yes, you heard that right – bananas! When done right, fried bananas are surprisingly addictive. They can be served as a side dish, a dessert, or simply enjoyed as is.
Some people like to take their fried bananas to the next level by adding sugar and cinnamon. Personally, I believe that bananas are naturally sweet enough on their own. However, I do enjoy sprinkling a bit of salt on them to create a delightful sweet and salty combination.
The addition of salt is optional and depends on your personal preference. If you want to enjoy the fried bananas as a dessert, I recommend skipping the salt. On the other hand, if you plan to serve them as a side dish, a tiny amount of salt will enhance their flavor.
How to Fry Bananas
To make fried bananas, follow these simple steps:
- Preheat cooking oil for deep frying.
- Peel the bananas and slice them into approximately half-inch thickness.
- Optionally, season the slices with a tiny amount of salt.
- Fry the banana slices until both sides are well fried.
- Once fried, remove the slices from the oil and let them drain inside a colander.
- The result will be perfectly fried bananas with a gooey interior and a crispy crust around the edges.
You can also watch this instructional video to see the process in action.
Choosing the Perfect Banana
Choosing the right banana is crucial when making fried bananas. Here are some tips:
- Opt for semi-ripe or ripe but firm bananas. Look for bananas that are yellow with green tips (as shown in the picture below).
- If you choose overly ripe bananas, they may turn out oily and mushy. On the other hand, unripe green bananas are not suitable for this recipe.
- Finding the right balance will give you the best results – a perfect combination of gooey and crispy textures.
Here are some additional tips to help you make the most of your fried bananas:
- Avoid draining the fried bananas on a paper towel, as they are soft and highly caramelized. They will stick to the towel.
- If you want to serve the fried bananas over ice cream, feel free to sprinkle them with sugar and cinnamon before frying.
- If you’re not eating the fried bananas immediately, place them on a plate and separate each slice to prevent sticking.
How to Serve Fried Bananas
I love serving fried bananas with grilled fish, rice, or stew. Of course, they can also be enjoyed on their own as a delightful snack. The choice is yours!
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Now go ahead and give this simple yet mouthwatering fried banana recipe a try. You won’t be disappointed!