Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Jan Gautro
12 servings (serving size: about 1/3 cup)

"Maduros," or sautéed sweet plaintains, are a common side in the Caribbean and parts of Latin America. They can also be served as a dessert.

How to Make It

Step 1

Combine first 3 ingredients in a large bowl; toss well.

Step 2

Melt butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add plantains; sauté 5 minutes or until browned and tender.

Chef's Notes

Use plantains with completely black skins, which indicate that they are fully ripe.

Ratings & Reviews

carriemtx's Review

April 28, 2011
I love Cuban food, so I was thrilled to find a recipe that made it seem easy to cook my own plantains. For those who are new to buying plantains like I was, it takes a LONG time for the plantains to get black and sweet. I got the ripest plantains my grocery store had (yellow with a few black spots) and they still took another week to get nice and black. I've made this recipe a few times now and it continues to be delicious as long as the plantains are ripe enough before cooking. It's great with Picadillo (I use the Cooking Light recipe with lean beef instead of turkey), white rice with cilantro and lime, and a fried egg. And black beans, if you have them!

WillWallace's Review

July 13, 2010
Yuck. Dry, boring not at all what I expected or as wonderful as the reviews indicated. Being latin, I found this was just not right.

litgourmet's Review

December 17, 2008
A perfect side--it can be fancy (we like it with the mojito shrimp recipe from Sunset) or plain (sometimes we'll have maduros along with eggs for Saturday lunch). Yes, be sure to flip after the first side caramelizes and get the second side a little brown, too.