• Andrew Zimmern Cooks: Tostones



By Andrew Zimmern

Twice-fried plantains, known as tostones, are a delicious side dish or snack found all over Latin America. Fry the plantain slices once to cook them through before you smash them, then again to make them perfectly crisp.

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Servings: 4


  • 2 barely ripe plantains (not green or overly ripe)
  • Peanut or canola oil, for frying
  • Salt
  • Lime wedges, for serving
  • 1 jalapeno, sliced for serving


Peel the plantains and cut into 1-inch pieces.

Heat oil to 375 degrees F. Fry the plantain pieces in batches for 3 to 4 minutes, or until golden. Remove and place on paper towels to drain. While they’re still hot, place the plantains one at a time in between 2 sheets of aluminum foil or parchment paper. Smash with the flat side of a cleaver or a heavy-bottomed pan, until they’re about a 1/4-inch thick.

Place the smashed plantains back into the fryer and cook for another 3 to 4 minutes. Sprinkle with salt and serve immediately with lime wedges and jalapenos.

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