Make the best, crispiest tostones (twice-fried plantains), with our easy-to-follow recipe. Enjoy this amazing treat any time!
There are many dishes that several Latin American countries share, but few that get our heart pumping like a plateful of crispy, thinly-flattened, salt-sprinkled, freshly-fried Tostones.
They are so popular amongst Dominicans that tostones – also called fritos verdes (fried green plantain) – are one of the first things the fledging Dominican home cook will learn how to make.
Tostones are typically served as a side dish, possibly one of our most popular ones. But you can certainly serve it as finger food with a dip. You can try our Dominican pink sauce, wasakaka sauce, avocado dip, or our cream cheese and chicken dip.
The recipe below also includes a quick, easy dip.
About this recipe
While Dominican tostones are usually served as a side dish, for this fried plantains recipe I have added a quick, flavorful dipping sauce for tostones to the recipe, in case you want to serve them as finger food. It is bowl-licking good.
There isn't much you need to learn to make these golden, crispy smashed plantain delights, and there isn't any variation of importance amongst cooks and homes. But if you have any tricks to make yours even more awesome, we'd love to hear it.
[Recipe + Video] Tostones (Flattened Fried Plantains)
- 2 unripe plantain
- ½ cup oil
- 1 tablespoon salt, (or more, to taste)
- 1 ripe tomato, chopped
- 4 sprigs parsley
- 1 clove garlic
- ¼ teaspoons pepper
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Peeling: Peel the plantains (see how to) and cut into 1 inch [2.5 cm] thick slices.
- Fry: To fry the tostones, heat the oil over medium heat in a small saucepan, and fry the plantains till light golden (about 5 mins). Flatten the plantains using a tostonera (Amazon affiliate link) to about ¼" [0.5 cm] (I prefer thin tostones as they are crispier and stay so longer). You can also use the bottom of a big jar and press on a cutting table if you don't have a tostonera.Fry the plantains again until they turn golden yellow on both sides (about 5 minutes).
- Serve: Sprinkle with salt to taste and serve immediately. Best served freshly-fried as a side dish, but if you want to try it as an appetizer, we give the choice of serving with a dip (see below).
How to make tostones garlic dip (optional)
- Make the dip: Pulse all the ingredients until they are thoroughly blended but not liquefied.
Tips and Notes
Nutritional information is calculated automatically based on ingredients listed. Please consult your doctor if you need precise nutritional information.