Jamaicans love snacks. And fried foods. Banana chips, plantain chips, cassava (yuca) chips, cheese chips and more… we eat them as snacks, we eat them with breakfast, we eat them as a side with dinner.
The processed stuff, though they taste good, are not very healthy. They are typically made with inferior oils that invite our body to have an inflammatory response. And processed salt that likely has additives, including sugar! They may also contain unlisted ingredients such as sulfites, which is a major trigger for many allergy and asthma sufferers. Making your own at home is equally delicious (I’d say they taste better, even!) and much healthier! Find simple directions below.
Homemade Jamaican Plantain Chips Recipe (Serves 1-2)
2 Green Plantains (it’s OK if they’ve just begun turning yellow)
Himalayan Pink Salt
1. Heat about 1/8-1/4 inch coconut oil in a skillet to approximately 350 degrees.
2. Peel plantain by cutting off both ends, then making cut lengthwise that is deep enough to separate the peel without cutting into the plantain’s flesh. Use your hand to take off all the peel.
3. Lay plantain horizontally to your body and make 3-4 even vertical cuts.
4. Take one piece at a time and put circle side down, then cut 4-6 strips as evenly as you can. They should be about an 1/8 inch a piece. Continue on with the others.
5. Fry until first side is light golden brown, then flip so the other side can get brown and crispy as well. It shouldn’t take very long. Remove chips to a plate and add new uncooked ones to the pot until you’re done with the whole batch.
6. Dust with himalayan pink salt and enjoy!