12 Delicious Ways the World Eats Plantains

These sweet and savory plantain recipes showcase the fruit's versatility in the kitchen

Savory and starchy when green, and sweet and creamy when ripe, tropical plantains make more than just chips. Here are just a few of the many ways plantains are enjoyed around the world. Whether you roast it Caribbean-style, stew it with Indian spices, fry it as part of a Nigerian feast, or mash it into Dominican gnocchi, banana's starchier cousin has never been more appealing. Try all the ideas in our collection of sweet and savory plantain recipes below.

Roasted Ripe Plantain with African Pepper Compote

Roasted Ripe Plantain with African Pepper Compote on serving dish.
In this Caribbean dish inspired by a popular African street food, roasted sweet plantains are balanced with crunchy peanuts and a fiery Scotch-bonnet chile compote. Get the recipe for Roasted Ripe Plantain with African Pepper Compote »Ellen Silverman

Plantain Gnocchi with Short Rib Ragù

Plantain Gnocchi with Short Rib Ragu
Plantains and yucca flour make these gnocchi extra fluffy and slightly sweet—a perfect complement to the rich, creamy short rib ragù. Get the recipe for Plantain Gnocchi with Short Rib Ragù »Farideh Sadeghin

Fried Plantains

fried plantains
Use very ripe plantains, which should have black-and-yellow-streaked skin, for this simple fried dish, and toss with finely chopped red onion and salt before serving. Get the recipe for Fried Plantains »Matt Taylor-Gross

Nicaraguan "Rundown" Seafood Soup

Rundown Seafood Soup
Meant to be a catchall for the day's available seafood, rundown showcases whatever's freshest at the fish market along with tubers (including green and yellow plantains) in a slightly sweet coconut milk broth. Get the recipe for Nicaraguan "Rundown" Seafood Soup »Justin Walker

Plantain with Sesame Seeds and Peppercorns (Yellu Molaghu Vazhaipazham)

Plantain with Sesame Seeds and Peppercorns
Sesame seeds and black peppercorns give this unique Indian stew its fragrant flavor. Get the recipe for Yellu Molaghu Vazhaipazham (Plantain with Sesame Seeds and Peppercorns) »Ingalls Photography

Fonio-Crusted Crab Cakes

Fonio-Crusted Crab Cakes
Mashed green plantains form the base of these West-African-inspired crab cakes, while fonio—a variety of millet—gives them a satisfyingly crisp crust. Get the recipe for Fonio-Crusted Crab Cakes »Matt Taylor-Gross

Beef Stew with Mashed Plantains (Sukuma Wiki with Matoke)

Beef Stew with Mashed Plantains (Sukuma Wiki with Matoke)
Mix mashed plantains with curry-stewed beef for a loose African twist on meat and potatoes. Get the recipe for Beef Stew with Mashed Plantains (Sukuma Wiki with Matoke) »Ingalls Photography

Mashed Plantains with Tomato Sauce (Mofongo con Salsa de Tomate)

Mashed Plantains with Tomato Sauce (Mofongo con Salsa de Tomate)
For Puerto Rican-style plantains, mash the fruit and top with a quick tomato sauce. Get the recipe for Mashed Plantains with Tomato Sauce (Mofongo con Salsa de Tomate) »Penny De Los Santos
plantain pies

Piononos

Spice up meat and plantain pies with freshly ground achiote. Get the recipe for Piononos »Penny de los Santos

Fish and Coconut Stew with Mashed Plantains (Hudutu)

Fish and Coconut Stew with Mashed Plantains
Puréed plantains take the sidelines to highlight the fragrant coconut, culantro, and cumin broth. Get the recipe for Hudutu (Fish and Coconut Stew with Mashed Plantains) »Penny De Los Santos

Chicken and Root Vegetable Soup (Sancocho)

Chicken and Root Vegetable Soup (Sancocho)
Replace your potatoes with root vegetables and plantains. Get the recipe for Chicken and Root Vegetable Soup (Sancocho) »Penny De Los Santos

Tostones con Camarones Guisados

Tostones
Stewed shrimp garnishes these fried green plantain tostones. Get the recipe for Tostones con Camarones Guisados »Penny de los Santos