Air Fryer Tostones (Twice Air Fried Plantains)

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These easy air fryer tostones also known as patacones or fried green plantains are made healthier in the air fryer. No greasy mess, these come out crispy and delicious!

These easy tostones also known as patacones or fried green plantains are made healthier in the air fryer. No deep frying, just a few spritzes of olive oil for a crispy, delicious appetizer or side dish.
Air Fryer Tostones (Twice Fried Plantains)

Tostones are a staple in Latin American countries and the Caribbean. With a Latin mom, I grew up eating tostones and always loved them. As a kid I would help her smash them before they went back in the oil for a second time. I still can’t resist them if we go out for Latin food, or if I find myself at my Moms house with a plate of them in front of me. I have been getting lots of people asking me, can you make tostones in the air fryer? The answer is yes! We do it all the time!

These easy tostones also known as patacones or fried green plantains are made healthier in the air fryer. No deep frying, just a few spritzes of olive oil for a crispy, delicious appetizer or side dish.

Tostones In The Air Fryer

Since buying my air fryer, making tostones in the air fryer has been on my top to-do list of recipes to try and turned out great! Tommy was a happy man as they are one of his favorites! I’ve made Baked Tostones in the oven many times but to be honest, they come out so much crispier in the air fryer.

How To Make Tostones in the Air Fryer

To make them in the air fryer I used the same technique my family uses to deep fry, only without all the oil using my air fryer.

  1. Start with green plantains which look like bananas, only larger.
  2. Trim the ends off, cut a slit along the length deep enough to penetrate the skin without cutting the plantain.
  3. Cut into 1-inch pieces, then peel each piece (putting a little oil on your fingers helps peel them easier).
  4. Spritz the plantain with a little oil then cook a few minutes. Remove from the air fryer and smash while still hot. Spritz both sides with the oil and place back in the air fryer until golden and crisp.
  5. Smash them – A tostonera (affil link) is typically used to smash them, if you don’t have one you can use the bottom of a cup or jar to smash them.
  6. Add them to a salt water brine for a second or 2 before adding them back to the air fryer.
  7. After they cook, I like to give them another spritz of olive oil so the salt sticks to them. Eat right away.

How To Serve Tostones

What are Plantains

Plantains, like bananas are high in potassium, fiber, vitamins and minerals. They are a variety of banana that must be cooked because of the amount of starch they contain. Like a banana, they vary in ripeness from green to yellow. Yellow plantains are sweeter than green, and should not be used to make tostones, green plantains are used instead. Plantains are naturally gluten-free, vegan, dairy-free, Whole30 and Paleo friendly.

These easy tostones also known as patacones or fried green plantains are made healthier in the air fryer. No deep frying, just a few spritzes of olive oil for a crispy, delicious appetizer or side dish.  These easy tostones also known as patacones or fried green plantains are made healthier in the air fryer. No deep frying, just a few spritzes of olive oil for a crispy, delicious appetizer or side dish.

 

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Tostones (Twice Air Fried Plantains)
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Air Fryer Tostones (Twice Air Fried Plantains)

102 Cals 1 Protein 27 Carbs Fats
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 25 mins
Yield: 2 servings
COURSE: Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
CUISINE: carribean, Latin, south american
Air Fryer Tostones made healthier! No deep frying, just a few spritzes of olive oil for a crispy, delicious appetizer or side dish.

Ingredients

  • 1 large green plantain, ends trimmed and peeled (6 oz after)
  • olive oil spray, I like Bertolli
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder

Instructions

  • With a sharp knife cut a slit along the length of the plantain skin, this will make it easier to peel. Cut the plantain into 1 inch pieces, 8 total.
    With a sharp knife cut a slit along the length of the plantain skin
  • In a small bowl combine the water with salt and garlic powder.
  • Preheat the air fryer to 400F.
  • When ready, spritz the plantain with olive oil and cook 6 minutes, you might have to do this in 2 batches.
    How To Make Air Fryer Tostones
  • Remove from the air fryer and while they are hot mash them with a tostonera or the bottom of a jar or measuring cup to flatten.
    Plantains mashed with a tostonera to make tostones
  • Dip them in the seasoned water and set aside.
    How To Make Air Fryer Tostones
  • Preheat the air fryer to 400F once again and cook, in batches 5 minutes on each side, spraying both sides of the plantains with olive oil.
  • When done, give them another spritz of oil and season with salt. Eat right away.

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Nutrition

Serving: 4tostones, Calories: 102kcal, Carbohydrates: 27g, Protein: 1g, Sodium: 250mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 12g
WW Points Plus: 3
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  1. We love these, never had before and was pleased how easy they were to do. I used a glass measuring cup to press them, (between a couple pieces of wax paper) I did not even spray them again or add extra salt–we loved them, a favorite. Where have they been my whole life! Thank you We ate them so fast didn’t even bother with a dip, but I am sure that would be fun to have with them.

  2. Wow! These are absolutely delicious and this recipe is perfect. I’ve tried to make tostones before and they never came out quite right, but this recipe solves all my problems. Now to just figure out how to stop eating them!