Boiled plantains resemble bananas but typically are referred to as cooking bananas. Often used alongside African meals.
Plantain grow longer than bananas and have thicker peels and starchier fruit. In fact, the flavor of a plantain is closer to that of a potato than the usual sweetness of a banana. You can prepare boiled plantains in many ways, including as a side dish or the main part of a meal.
How to Boil Plantains
This method is simple, it involves simply boiling the plantains in salted water. No additional ingredients are needed.
- Plantains (as many as you like)
1. Rinse the unpeeled plantains to remove any dirt residue.
2. Leaving the skin on, cut the plantains into 2-inch chunks.
3. Add the chunks into 2 to 3 cups boiling, salted water. Cover and simmer for about 15 to 20 minutes.
4. Drain and allow to cool. Remove skins.
- Boiled plantains taste a bit like a sweet potato.
- Leaving the skin on while boiling helps the fruit retain most of its nutrients and also helps keep it from getting soggy.
- Use this as a substitute in soup or stew recipes that call for potatoes. Also tastes great with scrambled eggs.