Caramelized Sweet Plantains


This recipe is what the “Splurge” tag of this blog was made for: buttery, sugary deliciousness.

I wasn’t sure whether to post this as a dessert or side dish but we serve it on the side of Cuban Black Beans and Rice for a crazy hearty, vegan meal.  This is a rare splurge in our family but one that we always look forward to.

Sweet Plantains

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Serving Size: 1/2 plantain

Calories per serving: 181

Fat per serving: 6.1g

Sweet Plantains


  • 2 large plantains
  • 2 tbs butter
  • 2 tbs brown sugar
  • 1 pinch salt


Start with dark brown, very ripe plantains. Slice lengthwise and remove the skin. Then slice into 1-inch thick slices.

Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. When the foaming subsides, add the plantain slices in an even layer and cook until the bottoms begin to brown, about 5 minutes.

Turn the slices over and continue cooking 1 minute. Sprinkle with the brown sugar and cook until the plantains are dark brown and beginning to crisp, about another 5 minutes.

Season with salt to taste and serve.

Nutritional Information

Calories 181 / Total Fat 6.1g / Saturated Fat 3.8g / Cholesterol 15mg / Sodium 81mg / Potassium 469mg / Total Carbohydrates 33.9g / Dietary Fiber 2.1g / Sugars 18.2g / Protein 1.3g
Weight Watchers Points: 4 / Points Plus: 5

Sweet Plantains

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