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air fryer plantains maduros

Air Fryer Plantains (Maduros, Frozen, and Crispy Tostones)

Summer Yule
How long to cook plantains in air fryer? How ripe should plantains be for air frying? Learn to make air fryer maduros and tostones here!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Snack
Cuisine Cuban
Servings 2
Calories 165 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 medium plantain (ripe for maduros, unripe for tostones)
  • cooking oil spray
  • smoked salt, to taste

Instructions

To Make Air Fryer Maduros:

  • Cut a peeled yellow plantain into diagonal slices that are ½-inch thick (1.27 cm). Spray an air fryer tray with oil and place the slices in a single layer on the tray. Spray the plantains well with more oil.
  • Place in top rack position of air fryer oven. Air fry for 9 minutes at 400°F (200°C). Flip the plantains and spray well with oil again. Air fry for 6 minutes at 400°F (200°C).  
  • Flip the plantains again and spray with oil. Move the pieces that are getting browned on the outer edges of the tray to the middle and vice versa. Air fry 3 minutes. 
  • Flip and spray the pieces once more. Air fry 1-3 more minutes, for a total air frying time of 19-21 minutes. Serve warm, sprinkled with smoked salt.

To Make Air Fryer Tostones:

  • Peel a green plantain with a knife, and cut into 1-inch-thick circles (2.54 cm). 
  • Spray the plantain slices with oil and put in a single layer on your air fryer tray. Air fry for 5 minutes at 350°F (177°C). (Use the top rack if you have an air fryer oven.)
  • Let the fried green plantains cool for a few minutes. Then gently smash each piece between two baggies in a tortilla press.  They should be ⅛-¼ inch thick (0.3-0.6 cm). The pressure of the plates should be enough; no need to use the handle of the press.
  • Spray the air fryer tray with oil and put the smashed plantains in a single layer on the tray. You may need to cook them in batches. Spray the plantains with oil. 
  • Air fry the tostones for 5 minutes at 400°F (200°C) on the top rack of the air fryer oven. Then flip them over, spray them again, and air fry 4-5 more minutes.  
  • Salt them when they are still hot. They’ll firm up a bit more as they cool. 

To Make Air Fryer Maduros Cooked Like Tostones:

  • Peel a yellow plantain and cut it into 1-inch (2.54 cm) thick coins.
  • Spray the plantain slices with oil and put in a single layer on your air fryer tray. Air fry for 5 minutes at 350°F (177°C). (Use the top rack if you have an air fryer oven.)
  • Let them cool for a few minutes. One at a time, smash each slice by placing it between two plastic baggies and gently smooshing with a glass. The baggies help to prevent sticking. Do not use a tortilla press for this! You want the slices to be ⅛-¼ inch thick (0.3-0.6 cm).
  • Lay the smashed slices in a single layer on your air fryer rack. (You may need to cook them in batches.) Mist them with cooking spray.
  • Air fry the plantains for 5 minutes at 400°F (200°C) on the top rack of the air fryer oven. Gently flip them, spray again, and air fry 6-8 more minutes.  
  • Sprinkle with salt while they’re hot. Serve and enjoy,

To Make Goya Maduros in Air Fryer:

  • Remove all of the packaging from an 11 ounce package of frozen plantains. Put the frozen block of plantains on an air fryer tray. 
  • Air fry the frozen plantains at 375°F (190°C) for 5-6 minutes. (Use the top rack for air fryer ovens.) Carefully break the defrosted plantains apart with your fingers. Spread them out on the air fryer tray. Larger pieces should go on the edges of the tray. 
  • Air fry the maduros for 6 minutes at 400°F (200°C). Then flip them and air fry at 400°F (200°C) for 5-6 minutes more. (Use the top rack position for air fryer ovens.) 
  • Let them cool a few minutes before enjoying. They’ll firm up a little more. They should be browned but not super crisp, and definitely not soggy. 

Notes

This is a level 2 recipe (transition or weight maintenance). The million dollar question: Are plantains good for weight loss?
Plantains are quite delicious, but not the lightest snack in the world. I tried cutting back on added oil by misting the plantains with spray oil instead of brushing the oil on. However, if you skimp on oil spray you may not be satisfied with the results and feel the plantains turned out too dry. 
What you’re getting here is a snack that’s mostly carbs, with some fat, and little protein. The combination of carbs and fat is in many favorite snack foods that are easy to overeat. (Think of potato chips, cookies, cake, brownies, etc.)
I’d argue these plantain chips are a more nutritious choice than most cookies. They’re also helping to increase your fruit/veggie intake. 
That said, like other chips, they can be quite easy to overeat. For that reason, these are not my top pick if you have a weight loss goal.
Are fried plantains healthy? Which is healthier, green or ripe plantains?
Both ripe and unripe plantains are healthy in the sense they provide a variety of nutrients. That said, plantains are not a good choice for everyone. This includes those using keto diets for weight loss or blood sugar control in diabetes.
Ripe plantains contain more natural sugars than green plantains. Like many other fruits, plantains form more sugars as they ripen. By calorie (per Cronometer), the amount of sugar in raw plantains is comparable to bananas.
Green plantains are a rich source of resistant starch, a dietary component that can help you feel full. Unfortunately, resistant starch decreases as the plantain ripens or with cooking. We don’t usually eat green plantains raw, so we don’t get a lot of resistant starch from them.
 
Nutrition information is for one serving of the recipes using fresh plantain, and doesn’t include potential calories and fat from the oil spray.

Nutrition

Calories: 165kcalCarbohydrates: 43.1gProtein: 1.8gFat: 0.5gPotassium: 657.5mgFiber: 2.3gVitamin A: 65% DVVitamin C: 33% DVIron: 4% DV
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