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sweet plantains recipe

How To Make Maduros

  • Author: Sandi Abbott
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 6
  • Total Time: 11 minutes
  • Yield: 6-8 slices 1x
  • Category: side dish
  • Method: Frying
  • Cuisine: Cuban


Fried sweet plantains, known as maduros, are a very popular Cuban side dish that is perfect with savory meat and chicken entrees. They give your dishes a sweet and salty appeal you’ll love!



1 Ripe Plantain (skin should be mostly black and flesh should be fairly soft)

Vegetable Oil for Frying



Heat oil over medium heat for a few minutes.

Preheating: While the oil is heating up, peel and slice a ripe plantain.

Peeling: Cut off both ends of the plantain and cut a slight lengthwise. Stick your knife just under the skin and pull the skin off. 

 sweet plantains

Slicing: Cut the plantain diagonally into half-inch slices. One plantain should yield 6-8 slices. 

fried plantains

Frying: Fry the plantains in vegetable oil about 3 sides per side until the skin is a dark golden brown. Drain on paper towels and lightly salt. 


Serve maduros with savory Cuban dishes like picadillo and ropa vieja

Keywords: maduros, fried sweet plantains, Cuban plantains, sweet plantains, ripe plantains, platanos maduros

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