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Caramelized Plantains With Honey-Peanut Sauce

Prep: 15 min., Cook: 6 min.
Select black plantains for optimum flavor and tenderness. We do not recommend substituting bananas for plantains.

Southern Living Food for Today MARCH 2009

  • Yield: makes 4 servings


  • 1/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 soft black plantains, cut into 1-inch-thick slices (about 3 1/2 cups)
  • 1/3 cup aromatic peanut oil made with USA-GROWN PEANUTS
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter made with USA-GROWN PEANUTS
  • 1 tablespoon rum
  • 1 teaspoon lime zest
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh lime juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • Garnishes: chopped USA-GROWN PEANUTS, lime wedges


Whisk together brown sugar and salt in a medium bowl. Add plantain slices, tossing to coat.

Cook plantains in hot oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat 2 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Transfer to serving plates, using a slotted spoon.

Combine honey and next 5 ingredients in a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat, whisking constantly, 2 minutes or until thoroughly heated and smooth. Remove from heat; stir in butter until smooth. Spoon sauce over plantains. Serve immediately. Garnish, if desired.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 521
  • Fat: 26g
  • Saturated fat: 6g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 12g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 8g
  • Protein: 4g
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Cholesterol: 8mg
  • Iron: 1.3mg
  • Sodium: 217mg
  • Calcium: 22mg

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Caramelized Plantains With Honey-Peanut Sauce Recipe