Recipe courtesy of Roberto Guerra

Fried Green Plantains (Tostones De Platano Verde)

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr
  • Prep: 20 min
  • Inactive: 30 min
  • Cook: 10 min
  • Yield: 8 servings
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Oil, for frying

4 ripe plantains, peeled


Garlic Mojo, recipe follows

Garlic Mojo:

8 garlic cloves

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup sour orange juice or 1/4 cup sweet orange juice 

plus 1/8 cup fresh lime or lemon juice


  1. Preheat oil in a fryer or Dutch oven to 365 degrees F. 
  2. Peel the plantains and cut into 1-inch pieces. Place into preheated oil and fry for 5 minutes or until they begin to brown. Drain them on a paper-towel lines plate. Flatten them using a Tostonera or the bottom of a metal can and fry again at 385 degrees F for approximately 3 minutes. Drain again and sprinkle with salt and Garlic Mojo. For softer fried plantains, soak for a few minutes in salted water after the first fry, drain and fry again.

Garlic Mojo:

  1. Chop up the garlic very thinly or crush using a mortar and pestle or food processor with the salt to form a thick paste. In a mixing bowl, combine the garlic paste and juice, and let the mixture sit at room temperature for 30 minutes or longer.