Can ripe plantain be cooked?
Ripe plantains are sweet like a banana, without the banana flavor. They can be eaten raw but are best when fried. The edges caramelize and become crispy like the edges of pancakes cooked in butter.
How ripe should plantains be for frying?
Plantains can be cooked when they’re green or yellow but, for frying, they’re best when they’re mostly black with a little bit of yellow still left. I once tried frying plantains when they were still mostly yellow with a few black spots, and they were a little on the dry side and not as flavorful.
What do you do with semi ripe plantains?
The most popular way to use green plantains is frying them into a tasty snack known as tostones, which are a staple of Latin American and Caribbean cuisine. Additionally, green plantains may be used to make: Baked plantain chips.