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Caramelized Plantains

Try these delicious caramelized plantains, made with simple ingredients, ready in 15 minutes.
Prep Time3 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Panamanian
Servings: 5 pieces
Calories: 79kcal


  • a chopping board
  • Paring knife
  • Frying Pan


  • 1 Ripe plantain (yellow)
  • 1/2 tbsp Ghee or butter
  • 2 tbsp Brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp Apple sauce



  • Peel the plantain by cutting both ends and score lengthwise. Then remove the peel with your fingers. It would be as peeling a banana.
  • Cut the plantain in 4 or 5 pieces. Approximately 2.5" each piece.


  • Heat the frying pan on medium heat. Add the ghee or butter and the plantains. Fry them up, so they brown on all sides. (Approx 3 minutes)
  • Next, add the brown sugar, cinnamon, and apple sauce. Keep mixing until you coat all the plantains with the sauce.
  • Add a little water and cover for a few minutes or until the sticky apple caramel sauce has thickened. (Approx 3 minutes)
  • Serve and Enjoy!


  • Want it less sweet, reduce by half the brown sugar.
  • Don't  have ghee, add some butter and a mild flavor oil to fry the plantains in. We will add the oil so that the butter doesn't burn.
  • Don't have apple sauce, you can just leave it out. The traditional recipe is just butter, cinnamon and sugar. I added the apple sauce to give it a flavor twist.


Serving: 1piece | Calories: 79kcal | Carbohydrates: 17.3g | Protein: 0.5g | Fat: 1.6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 3.8mg | Sodium: 3.1mg | Fiber: 1.1g | Sugar: 10.6g