Air Fryer Tostones (Twice Air Fried Plantains)

Tostones – also known as patacones or fried green plantains – are made healthier with this easy air fryer recipe. 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.
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.

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.

Plantains, like bananas are high in potassium, fiber, vitamins and minerals. The only difference is you must cook them rather than eating them raw. These are different then maduros, which are sweet made with ripe plantains and are fried only once. These are naturally gluten-free, vegan, dairy-free, Whole30 and even Paleo friendly.

Since buying my air fryer, this 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, we served them with a bowl of guacamole which would be great as a Superbowl appetizer. I’ve made Baked Tostones in the oven, but I think they came out much better in the air fryer.

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.

How To Make Tostones in the Air Fryer

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

  • Start with green plantains which look like bananas, only larger.
  • Trim the ends of, cut a slit along the length deep enough to penetrate the skin without cutting the plantain.
  • Cut into 1-inch pieces, then peel each piece (putting a little oil on your fingers helps peel them easier).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Add them to a salt water brine for a second or 2 before adding them back to the air fryer.
  • After they cook, I like to give them another spritz of olive oil so the salt sticks to them. Eat right away.

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.  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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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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5
0
SP
102 Cals 1 Protein 27 Carbs Fats
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 30 mins
Yield: 2 servings
COURSE: Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
CUISINE: Mexican
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.

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Dip them in the seasoned water and set aside.
  • 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
Blue Smart Points: 5
Green Smart Points: 5
Purple Smart Points: 0
Points +: 3
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62 comments

  1. 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!

  2. I am so excited to learn how to make these! They were easy and delicious!

  3. So excited to have found this recipe! I made them for the first time tonight and they were great. I see A LOT of tostones in my future. 

  4. Definitely not a mexican cuisine is a South america and Central america food …

  5. I lived in Costa Rica for several years and ate patacones all the time. This is a wonderful recipe and I will definitely remake it! Thanks for sharing.

  6. Any way to bake these instead?

  7. Omg I’ve been dying for plantains but trying to stay away from all the oil that it’s usually drenched in when cooking. This was bomb! Thank you. The salt/garlic mix put the razzle dazzle ❤️

  8. The plantains were yummy but that sauce? OMG. We’ve used it on our breakfast sandwiches, on burgers, for fries, etc. That sauce is where it’s at!

  9. I love plantains but can’t find them anywhere here in my local grocery stores. Any suggestions of grocery stores that carry them?

  10. I love plantains! My doc ordered me to start eating more of them because they help you digestion. The ones I make taste slightly sweet. I’ve never thought about dipping them in a savory sauce, although I am a salt-lover not sweets. I was just sauteing mine in a little olive oil and eating them plain. I have an air fryer on it’s way to me so I will try this method and I got tired of them sauteed!

    Thanks for the recipe Gina!!

  11. I did this a directed, but they came out burnt. I used a ninja. Wonder if the fryers are different.

  12. Like your air fryer recipes

  13. Tostones are not Mexican cuisine, but entirely Puerto Rican cuisine. Also adopted by the Dominican Republic. In Panama they’re called Patacones.

  14. They’re most definitely not Mexican, I’d say Latinamerican if anything. They’re known and used all around the latin culture. Used for a great variety of (if not all typical) dishes in Ecuador. Tigrillo, Bolón, Tortilla de Verde, Corviche, Chifles, Caldo de Bola, Bollo and even Empanadas de verde, but also Patacones and Maduros.

  15. Yes! I’ve been meaning to look for an air fryer tostones recipe! 🙂

  16. They have frozen Hawaiian plantains where I live. Big and delish.

  17. I followed the recipe and they were delicious!

  18. My Cuisinart air fryer heats up in no time and cooks fast!

  19. These were great.  I love air frying and wanted to make a lower calorie healthier version of tostones.  They were delicious!  Made a garlicky yogurt sauce to dip them in.  

  20. These were amazing and I followed the recipe exactly as shown. I served them with Heinz’s mayochup and I LOVED it! Thanks, Gina!!

  21. I’m confused as to how these are 5 points. The plantains are zero. Unless you are spraying a lot of oil on them, I would think they’d be 1 point max. You could use Pam or other 0 calorie spray and follow the rule of a 2-3 second spray on each side. But 5 points? That’s a lot of oil.

  22. I love these and can’t stop making them – amazing Whole 30 staple. One question I have, can you reheat them the next day? Would they be any good if reheated in the toaster oven? TY!

  23. I love the fresh, but they don’t sell plantains where I live.  If I buy the Goya frozen , can you help me figure out how to adjust so I can air fry them? I have been trying but seem to just dry them out 🙁

  24. LOVE this! Have you ever tried to put in FrozenTostones in your Air Fryer? I came across this recipe while trying to fun instructions how long I should put frozen tostones (and previously smashed) in there.

    • That sounds like a great idea! I would try doing the first fry, smashing, then freezing, and then doing the second fry whenever you want tostones. That sounds good! I wouldn’t know what to do in terms of temp, but I would start with the same temp and just add a couple minutes and see what happens.

  25. Yummy

  26. Made these tonight for a pre-dinner snack and they were delicious! I had tostones while on a medical mission trip in Honduras and fell in love with them but I never fry at home so I have never made them until now. Thanks for the recipe!

  27. Omg this looks sooo good! I have got to try it! 😀

  28. Thanks Gina! Those air fryers seem incredibly convenient and fantastic! I read your post and immediately had to forward this on to my mom. Thanks fors sharing this recipe!

  29. I forgot to soak in brine ans my we’re so dry and kinda flavorless. I love these fried.  I’ll have to try again. How do you make a bribe??

  30. I have a Honduran restaurant near me that serves plantains; and we love them. This will be great to try at home. Hopefully my grocery store has s good selection

  31. Hello. Tostones are one of my favorite sides! Love them.
    I am doing Smart Points but not the Freestyle.
    How many Smart Points (non free style) are these?
    Also, how can I figure out how many regular Smart Points other food is if it only states the Freestyle poits?
    Thank you

  32. I grew up with these as well, having been born and raised in Panama. However, as much as I cook, I’ve never made them (gasp)…I’ve always been intimidated by trying to get those stubborn peels off. Your great tips have inspired me to give them a go. Perhaps I won’t have to depend on the frozen ones from Goya anymore (although they are pretty good)! Hope your family is drawing together, and finding some peace after the loss of your Pappito. 

  33. Hi Gina,
    I am in the market for an air dryer and I like the one you have linked…curious what size you use?
    Thanks for the great recipe – will try for sure!

  34. Hi! I don’t have an air fryer and don’t want to fry these in all the oil. Can I put them in the oven?
    Thanks!

  35. Hi Gina, Raw plantains are zero points so I was wondering, if you’re only spritzing them with oil, how you came up with 5 points per serving. Thanks! They look great!

    • They have points when I looked in recipe builder. I wish they were 0!

    • A whole plantain is 10 SP (thus two servings from one plantain would be 5 SP each). They have lots of starch and carbs and are therefore one of few vegetables that carry points.

  36. Tostones are my most favorite thing in the whole wide world! Thank you for this recipe!!!

  37. Being Puerto Rican we ate these a lot growing up. I have made these before in our airfryer as well and they turn out great! You go to Puerto Rico and they serve them with minced garlic. The dipping sauce is mayo-ketchup. It’s funny a hot dog stand has bottled ketchup in Puerto Rico every restaurant has a bottle of mayo-ketchup on the table.

    • Omg, how true. I make my own mojito dipping sauce using (toasted garlic powder, olive oil, lemon juice, minced garlic)
      Mix it and let it sit for a day or two before you cooked the tostones. The ketchup/mayo i make , i also add toasted garlic powder to it as well and i keep that in the fridge..family loves it.

  38. I’ve been so intrigued by the air fryer lately!! This sounds so good and simple!

  39. What air fry cook book would you recommend? I’ve just purchased the air fryer, so excited!

  40. Hi, Gina. I had never eaten plantains until a recently on a cruise stop in Costa Rica. We are in love with them, now. I don’t have an air fryer, but I need to get one soon!! Can’t wait to try your microwave version. 

    • You can also just bake them in your oven as well. It essentially does the same thing as an air fryer, the only difference is the air fryer will make them just a tad crispier than a convection oven. Having said that, I just got an air fryer today, so I’m definitely going to try it out with plantains just to see the difference since I’ve been making them in the oven for over a year now.

  41. Why do you soak it in the brine before putting it back in the air fryer the second time?