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Simple Air Fryer Sweet Plantains

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Air fryer sweet plantains are so simple to make and surprisingly as good as the classic fried sweet plantains, with a lighter twist.

Maduros are naturally sweet and taste good with protein, rice, beans, or any dish.

side view of air fryer sweet plantains on a plate

Air Fried Plantains vs. Deep-Fried or Pan Fried

Air-fried maduros are my new favorite because they are way less oily but still have that delicious outer caramelized crunch and soft middle. Also, making them in the air fryer is way less messy.

Of course, the classic recipe is still delicious.

The biggest difference between these two ways of cooking maduros is the amount of oil used.

A traditional recipe submerges sweet plantains in oil, and they are air-fried and lightly brushed, which also impacts the amount of calories per bite.

Air-fried is also less messy than pan-fried or deep-fried maduros.

If you love the traditional recipe, try these crispy, sweet plantains (maduros).


Ingredients and Substitutions

  • Ripe Sweet Plantains – black, spotty peel
  • Avocado oil or neutral oil of your choice
  • Salt – optional

Equipment Needed For Sweet Fried Plantains

  • Air Fryer
  • Tongs
  • Paring Knife
  • Pastry Brush

Top Tips For The Best Air Fried Maduros

  • Grab the best-ripened plantains for the sweetest plantains.
  • Lightly brush the plantain slices with oil that can handle high temperatures. Avocado oil is perfect.
  • The ideal temperature for air-frying sweet plantains is around 390 degrees Fahrenheit. If the temperature is too high, the sugar in the plantain burns quickly.
  • For the sweet plantains to cook correctly, place them in a single layer.

For a breakdown of how to quickly ripen plantains, read this post, in which I discuss the best and fastest way.


Instructions For The Best Air-Fried Maduros

  1. Slice the plantain skin lengthwise and remove the skin.
  2. Then, cut the plantains diagonally into plantain slices roughly 1 inch thick.
  3. Place the plantain slices in the air fryer basket in a single layer and brush with avocado oil.
  4. Air Fry them at 390 degrees for 15 minutes.
  5. Flip them once the bottom is golden brown, 7 minutes in.
  6. Using tongs, remove the maduros from the air fryer basket and serve.

The best part of air frying maduros is that there isn’t residual oil to pat down.

See Below for Detailed Instructions


Can I Store Leftover Air Fryer Plantains?

Store leftover maduros (if you have any leftovers) in the refrigerator for up to 48 hours.

Or store them in a reusable storage bag.


FAQs

Can You Fry Plantains In an Air Fryer?

Absolutely. Brush them with avocado oil and air fry them for 10 minutes at 390 degrees or until golden brown.


side view of air fryer sweet plantains on a plate

The Easiest Air Fryer Sweet Plantains

Olga Muñoz
Delicious, sweet, and easy-to-make air-fried sweet plantains. They're a lighter version of the classic maduros recipe.
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Appetizer, Lunch, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Colombian, Dominican, Puerto Rican
Servings 3 people

Equipment

  • 1 Air Fryer
  • 1 Tongs
  • 1 Paring Knife
  • 1 Pastry Brush

Ingredients
  

  • 1 Ripe Sweet Plantain
  • ¼ cup Avocado Oil
  • 1 pinch Salt Optional

Instructions
 

  • Step One
    Slice the plantain skin lengthwise and remove the skin.
  • Step Two
    Then, cut the plantains diagonally into plantain slices roughly 1 inch thick.
  • Step Three
    Place the plantain slices in the air fryer basket in a single layer and brush with avocado oil.
    Air Fry them at 390 degrees for 15-20 minutes.
  • Step Four
    ​Flip them once the bottom is golden brown, 7 minutes in.
    Using tongs, remove the maduros from the air fryer basket and serve.

Notes

Top Tips For The Best Air Fried Maduros

  • Grab the best-ripened plantains for the sweetest plantains.
  • Lightly brush the plantain slices with oil that can handle high temperatures. Avocado oil is perfect.
  • The ideal temperature for air-frying sweet plantains is around 390 degrees Fahrenheit. If the temperature is too high, the sugar in the plantain burns quickly.
  • For the sweet plantains to cook correctly, place them in a single layer.
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