Baked Tostones (Green Plantains)

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Baked Tostones – These savory plantains have been made lighter by baking instead of frying – you won’t believe how good they taste!

Baked Tostones – These savory plantains have been made lighter by baking instead of frying – you won't believe how good they taste!Baked Tostones

In most of the Caribbean and Latin America, twice fried green plantains called Tostones or Patacones (depending on which Latin American country you’re from) are commonly eaten as an appetizer or a side dish with any meal. They are cheap and easy to make. Seasoned with just a touch of salt, this has always been my favorite way to enjoy plantains. Even better, I love serving them with a dip like my Zesty avocado cilantro dressing – yum!

Baked Tostones – These savory plantains have been made lighter by baking instead of frying – you won't believe how good they taste!

A few years back I was experimenting with twice baking the plantains. They worked out pretty good considering they weren’t fried. Just last week I made them again and my aunt told me she always microwaves her plantains before frying them and we both wondered how microwaving them first followed by baking them after would work, so we put it to the test. The results were pretty awesome, considering not being deep fried, and even quicker and easier than my previous recipe. If you don’t have a microwave, you can stick with my first recipe.

You need to start with green plantains, the yellow ones are sweeter and won’t work for this recipe. I figured a generous portion would be 1/2 of a large plantain, which is about 6 tostones. I weighed a large peeled plantain and it was about 8.25 oz. Plantains, like bananas are high in potassium, fiber, vitamins and minerals. The only difference is you must cook them rather than eating them raw.

Later this week I will be sharing a delicious sweet plantain recipe my family makes at every backyard BBQ. Hope you enjoy these, they are naturally gluten-free, vegan, dairy-free and even Paleo friendly!

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These Baked Tostones or twice "Fried" Plantains aren't fried at all, they are baked in the oven which makes them a delicious, healthy side dish or appetizer!
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Baked Tostones (Green Plantains)

137 Cals 1 Protein 36.5 Carbs 1 Fats
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 30 mins
Yield: 4
COURSE: Appetizer, Side Dish
CUISINE: Latin
These savory plantains have been made lighter by baking instead of frying – you won't believe how good they taste!

Ingredients

  • 2 large green plantains
  • cooking spray
  • kosher salt

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 425°F. Spray a large baking sheet with oil.
  • Trim the ends off the plantains. Score each plantain along two sides deep enough to cut through the skins.
  • Microwave the plantains until they become soft in the center. For 2 plantains this will take about 6 to 6 1/2 minutes. For 1 plantain, about 3 to 3 1/2 minutes, depending on your microwave. The skins will become black.
  • Peel the plantains and cut them into 3/4 inch thick slices while hot. You should get about 12 per plantain.
  • Smash the hot plantains (this needs to be done while hot) with the bottom of a jar, can or something flat. I used a tostonera commonly found in Latin Markets or you can buy a tostonera on Amazon for about $6, but anything flat will work.
  • Place them on the prepared baking sheet and generously spray with oil, season with salt and bake until golden on the bottom, about 10 to 12 minutes. Turn and bake on the other side until golden and crisp, about 8 minutes. Season with more salt and eat right away, while hot.

Nutrition

Serving: 6tostones (half plantain), Calories: 137kcal, Carbohydrates: 36.5g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 0.5g, Sodium: 6mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 16g
WW Points Plus: 4
Keywords: baked, baked green plantains, baked tostones, green plantains, tostones
Baked Tostones – These savory plantains have been made lighter by baking instead of frying – you won't believe how good they taste!
These savory plantains have been made lighter by baking instead of frying – you won't believe how good they taste!

 

These savory plantains have been made lighter by baking instead of frying – you won't believe how good they taste!
These savory plantains have been made lighter by baking instead of frying – you won't believe how good they taste!
These savory plantains have been made lighter by baking instead of frying – you won't believe how good they taste!

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  1. This is great as I don’t have to deep fry. I had one medium plantain and wanted to try it. I used the lemon juicer and made cup shaped and then baked it. It turned out perfect. I had to keep it in the oven little longer. Thanks for the healthier version of this recipe.

  2. How do you make these if you do not have a microwave?

    • Tostones are twice fried. Maybe try them in the oven first at a lower temperature – 325F. Since I’m guessing, check them after 10 minutes. You’re looking for them to be soft enough to smash into a chip then proceed with the rest of the steps. If you have an air fryer, check out her other recipe as an alternative. https://www.skinnytaste.com/tostones-twice-air-fried-plantains/comment-page-2/#comments.

  3. This was a nice way to do the tostones. I didn’t do a dip, but that would be nice, too. Even the tostones nay sayers liked them. 

  4. While this didn’t taste as good as the fried version, it was a good substitute. Will make this again. Thanks!