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Tostones Recipe (Steps and photos included)

This delicious tostones recipe will soon become your favorite snack! Crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, they are seriously addicting. You won’t be able to eat just one.

Tostones on a blue plate

What are Tostones Made of?

Tostones are made from plantains. They are opened and cut into slices and fried twice. They can be served plain and salted or with a dipping sauce.

Plantains are similar to bananas but they are starchy and need to be cooked before eating.

They’re a great alternative to potato chips.

Tostones are popular in Puerto Rico, The Dominican Republic, cuba and many other countries.

You may also know them as patacones.

Since tostones are made from unripe plantains they will not be sweet like the other plantain recipe I showed you all how to make a few weeks ago.

Instead they will be savory and very addicting.

Many people like to serve a garlic dipping sauce along with their tostones.

I haven’t made one yet but it does sound good.

I usually just eat mine well salted like a potato chip and it’s really good.

How to Make Tostones

I forgot to take photos of every step but it’s really simple so you won’t even need them 🙂

You’ll need two green platains

two green plantains

First thing is peeling the plantain. This can be kind of tricky.

I cut the ends off and then make a slit down the length of the plantain.

Then very carefully I pry the peel away from the plantain.

If you’re not careful you can end up hurting the inside of your fingernails.

After peeling cut the plantain into small pieces as shown below.

plantains sliced into small chunks

Next we fry the plantain slices for about a minute or so on each side.

This will help soften up the plantain slices so that we can then flatten them in the next step.

I use a bowl to flatten the slices and it works great!

Flattened plantain slices to make tostones

Some people actually use a tostonera for this.

I think that’s a waste of money when the bowl gets the job done. Just look what do you think?

Flattened plantain slice

After flattening the tostones they are returned to the frying pan and fried on both sides.

Frying twice is what makes them so good.

They become crisp on the outside yet soft on the inside.

After frying I drain them on paper towels and season with salt immediately.

They are now ready to be served.

Tostones Recipe

This amazing tostones recipe is sure to be a hit at your next get together. Everyone who tries them loves them! If you enjoyed this recipe please leave a rating below.

well salted tostones
Tostones on a blue plate
4.34 from 3 votes

Tostones Recipe

Tostones are a tasty snack alternative to potato chips.

Course Snack
Cuisine latin american
Keyword tostones
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Calories 218 kcal
Author Carissa


  • 2 green plantains peeled and sliced
  • 1/3 -1/2 cup of vegetable oil
  • salt to taste


  1. Heat cast iron skillet over medium heat and add oil.
  2. Once oil is hot add the plantains but don’t crowd the pan.
  3. Fry for a bout a minute on each side.
  4. Transfer to a paper towel lined baking sheet and flatten each slice with a bowl.
  5. Return slices to frying pan and continue frying on each side until browned and crisp.
  6. Drain on paper towel lined plate and season with salt.
  7. Repeat process with the remaining plantain slices.
  8. Serve.
Nutrition Facts
Tostones Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 218
% Daily Value*
Sodium 7mg0%
Potassium 893mg26%
Carbohydrates 57g19%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 26g29%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 2015IU40%
Vitamin C 32.9mg40%
Calcium 5mg1%
Iron 1.1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Tostones are a popular dish through out Latin American countries. Tostones are plantain slices that are twice fried so that they become crisp on the outside and soft on the inside.
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Sunday 6th of May 2018

I must not be doing it right. They are soggy and never got crispy. Jist full of oil. Maybe my oil wasn’t hot enough? They were sizzling in the pan.


Sunday 6th of May 2018

That's strange I've never had that issue before. But yes thhe oil should be very hot before frying the plantains both times otherwise the plantains are just going to soak up the oil.

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