​​​​​Tostones - Fried Plantains

Tostones! These absolutely amazing twice fried plantain slices are delish! Fried plantains are called many things depending on where you are in the Caribbean or Central America. I grew up with the term Tostones. In Spanish the word comes from the verb tostar which means "to toast." 

PREP TIME: 35 Minutes COOK TIME: 10 Minutes 


  • 2 Green Plantains (Unripe) - 436 Calories
  • 3 Whole Garlic Cloves (Peeled) - *See Calorie Note*
  • 2 Cups Canola Oil - *See Calorie Note*
  • 2 Cups Cold Water - 0 Calories
  • 1 Tbsp. Sea Salt - 0 Calories

SERVES 4: 340 Calories per 6 Tostones

CALORIE NOTE: ​Although the amount of calories in the 2 cups of oil are much higher, roughly only 231 calories soak into the plantains per serving during the frying process. The garlic cloves are used to season the oil. Once removed you many wish to smash the garlic gloves into a side condiment to dip the tostones in such as ketchup or hot sauce for extra flavor. The left over plantain garlic flavored oil in the pan may also be reserved and used for another time.


  1. Peel the plantains. Cut them into in thick 1" slices.​
  2. ​In a large bowl add two cups of cold water and sea salt.
  3. ​Soak plantain chunks in the brine for 30 minutes.
  4. Remove plantain chunks​ set on paper towel to remove excess water.
  5. ​In a deep frying pan add oil and garlic. Heat oil to medium high.
  6. Fry the plantain chunks until golden about 3-5 minutes.
  7. Remove chunks and garlic from the pan and drain excess oil prior to flattening. 
  8. Flatten the plantains with a tostonera to 1/4" thickness. *See Note*
  9. Fry the plantains again until golden yellow on both sides about 3-5 minutes.
  10. Sprinkle with salt to taste. Serve immediately with your favorite side condiments.

NOTE:​​ A tostonera is a wooden press used to make tostones. In lieu of a tostonera, you may simply press the plantain chunks between two small plates or between two small cutting boards. You can even press them between two brown paper sandwich bags on a hard counter surface.