Maduros with Mint Mojo (Fried Ripe Plantains with Garlic and Mint Sauce)

Maduros with Mint Mojo (Fried Ripe Plantains with Garlic and Mint Sauce)
  • Yield:Serves 4
  • Active time:15 minutes
  • Total time:15 minutes
  • Rated: 5.0

[Photographs: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

Ripe plantains are slow-fried in oil until deeply caramelized and sweet. They get served with an herbal mint and parsley mojo sauce that brings a bright, acidic element to the sweet-and-savory snack.

Note: Ripe plantains will be completely black—almost to the degree that you think you need to throw them out.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup light olive, canola, or vegetable oil
  • 2 large ripe (black, see note) plantains, peeled and cut into 3/4-inch disks on a slight bias
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 recipe Mint Mojo or Colombian-Style Ají

Directions

  1. 1.

    Heat oil in skillet over medium heat until shimmering. Add the plantains in a single layer (the oil should come at least half way up their sides. If not, add more oil). Cook, shaking pan occasionally, until lightly golden brown on first side, about 2 minutes. Cook second side until light golden brown, about 1 minute longer. Reduce heat to low and continue cooking until dark golden brown and caramelized, about 4 minutes longer.

  2. 2.

    Transfer plantains to paper towel-lined plate with a slotted spoon or spatula. Flip a few times to drain completely, then season immediately with salt. Serve immediately with Mint Mojo or Ají on the side.