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Plantain Croutons

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Plantain croutons are a simple 3 ingredient, homemade recipe that will rival anything store bought! They make a great substitute for bread croutons on a salad, or even as a great snack. There’s no wrong way to serve these!

plate of plantain croutons.
Delicious plate of plantain croutons

Love my plantain croutons? Then you’ll want to try my Air Fryer Sweet Plantains (Plátanos Maduros) and my Healthy Oatmeal Bites for some great snack ideas.

If you are a tostones lover, you’ll definitely want to give these plantain croutons a try. They are very similar, only cut into small cubes and even crunchier. It doesn’t get easier than 3 ingredients – a little oil, salt, and of course the plantains!

fried plantains on a plate.
Fried, crispy plantains

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Perfect for sprinkling over salads, soups or stews.
  • High in fiber to keep you full longer.
  • Great for a gluten-free diet in place of regular bread croutons.
  • The simplest crouton replacements.

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • Plantains – These need to be green, and not ripe. The riper the plantains the softer they are. To make these croutons you won’t want the plantains to be soft.
  • Avocado Oil – Avocado oil has a high smoke point and is perfect for frying these plantains.
  • Salt – Optional, but a little salt really brings out the flavor of the plantain.

How To Make This Recipe

four image process making plantain croutons.
Plantain croutons process

Step 1:

Heat a large skillet over medium heat, then add the avocado oil.

Step 2:

Once the oil is hot, add the diced plantains in an even layer.

Step 3:

Stir the plantains around occasionally until they are fully cooked, about 12-15 minutes.

Step 4:

Once the plantains are cooked through, place them on a plate lined with paper towels. Sprinkle immediately with salt while the plantains are still hot.

plantain crouton close up.
Crisp plantain crouton square

Recipe Tips & Variations

  • Since plantains are denser than bread, you’ll have to cook them at a lower temperature for longer so they don’t burn.
  • These plantain croutons only need three ingredients, but you can season them in so many different herbs and spices.
  • Try air frying these plantain croutons, rather than pan frying them. Air fry at 400 degrees F for 15-20 minutes, or until plantains are golden brown and crispy.

Storing

Storing: I highly recommend using these croutons the same day they are cooked so they stay crispy.

FAQ

What is the best way to serve plantain croutons?

Use them anywhere you would use regular bread croutons. They are perfect on soups, salads, and more.

What are good ways to season plantain croutons?

I like a little salt, but you can also get creative and season them with herbs, Cajun seasoning and curry powder.

Can I use ripe plantains to make plantain croutons?

No, you need green, unripe plantains to make these croutons.

Yield: 6 Servings

Plantain Croutons

fried plantains on a plate.

Plantain croutons are a simple 3 ingredient, homemade, recipe that will rival anything store bought! They make a great substitute for bread croutons on a salad, or even as a great snack. There's no wrong way to serve these!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 green plantains, peeled and diced
  • 1/4 cup avocado oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Heat a large skillet over medium heat, then add the avocado oil.
  2. Once the oil is hot, add the diced plantains in an even layer.
  3. Stir the plantains around occasionally until they are fully cooked, about 12-15 minutes.
  4. Once the plantains are cooked through, place them on a plate lined with paper towels. Sprinkle immediately with salt while the plantains are still hot.

Notes

  • These plantain croutons only need three ingredients, but you can season them in so many different herbs and spices.
  • Since plantains are denser than bread, you’ll have to cook them at a lower temperature for longer so they don’t burn.
  • Air Frying: Air fry at 400 degrees F for 15-20 minutes, or until plantains are golden brown and crispy.
  • Storing: I highly recommend using these croutons the same day they are cooked so they stay crispy.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 155Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 196mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 1gSugar: 9gProtein: 1g

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.

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