Caramelized Plantains Recipe from Morocco

Caramelized Plantains

Caramelized Plantains Recipe from Morocco
Region / culture: Morocco | Preparation time: 10 minutes | Cooking time: 10 minutes | Servings: 4


Caramelized Plantains
Caramelized Plantains

Caramelized plantains are a delicious and sweet treat that can be enjoyed as a dessert or snack. The combination of ripe plantains, oil, and sugar creates a caramelized coating that is both crispy and soft.


Plantains are a staple food in many tropical regions around the world, including Africa, the Caribbean, and Latin America. Caramelized plantains are a popular dish in these regions, often served as a side dish or dessert.


How to prepare

  1. Peel the ripe plantains and cut them into large chunks.
  2. Heat the oil over medium heat and, once hot, add the plantain slices. Cook for 5 minutes until they are lightly browned and caramelized.
  3. Sprinkle sugar over the slices and let it caramelize. Once done, remove the plantains from the pan.
  4. Allow the plantains to cool for a few minutes. Serve warm.


  • Add a sprinkle of cinnamon or nutmeg for extra flavor.
  • Drizzle with honey or maple syrup for added sweetness.
  • Top with chopped nuts or coconut flakes for added texture.

Cooking Tips & Tricks

Make sure to use ripe plantains for this recipe, as they will be sweeter and easier to caramelize.

- Be careful when adding the sugar to the hot pan, as it can burn quickly.

- You can also add a sprinkle of cinnamon or nutmeg for extra flavor.

Serving Suggestions

Caramelized plantains can be served as a dessert with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream. They can also be enjoyed as a side dish with grilled meats or fish.

Cooking Techniques

Caramelizing the plantains in a hot pan helps to bring out their natural sweetness and create a crispy coating.

Ingredient Substitutions

If you don't have plantains, you can also use bananas for this recipe. Just make sure they are ripe for the best flavor.

Make Ahead Tips

You can prepare the plantains ahead of time and reheat them in the oven before serving.

Presentation Ideas

Serve the caramelized plantains on a platter with a sprinkle of powdered sugar and a sprig of mint for a beautiful presentation.

Pairing Recommendations

Caramelized plantains pair well with grilled meats, fish, or poultry. They also go well with rice and beans for a complete meal.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

Store any leftover caramelized plantains in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Reheat in the oven or microwave before serving.

Nutrition Information

Calories per serving

Each serving of caramelized plantains contains approximately 150 calories.


Each serving of caramelized plantains contains approximately 30 grams of carbohydrates.


Each serving of caramelized plantains contains approximately 5 grams of fat.


Each serving of caramelized plantains contains approximately 1 gram of protein.

Vitamins and minerals

Plantains are a good source of potassium, vitamin C, and vitamin A.


This recipe is gluten-free and dairy-free. However, it does contain plantains, which may be an allergen for some individuals.


Caramelized plantains are a delicious and sweet treat that is relatively low in calories and fat. They are a good source of carbohydrates and provide essential vitamins and minerals.


Caramelized plantains are a delicious and sweet treat that can be enjoyed as a dessert or side dish. They are easy to make and require just a few simple ingredients. Serve them warm for the best flavor and enjoy the crispy, caramelized coating with each bite.

How did I get this recipe?

I can't forget the moment I stumbled upon this recipe for caramelized plantains. It was a warm summer day, and I was visiting my friend Maria in her small village in Puerto Rico. As soon as I walked into her kitchen, I was hit with the most incredible aroma of sweet caramel and exotic spices.

Maria was standing at the stove, stirring a pot filled with ripe plantains that were sizzling in a mixture of brown sugar, butter, and cinnamon. The plantains were slowly caramelizing, turning a beautiful golden brown color that made my mouth water.

I asked Maria what she was making, and she smiled and told me that she was making her grandmother's recipe for caramelized plantains. She explained that this dish was a traditional Puerto Rican dessert, often served at special occasions and family gatherings.

Maria was kind enough to show me how to make the dish, guiding me through each step with patience and care. She explained that the key to perfect caramelized plantains was to use ripe plantains that were slightly soft to the touch, as they would caramelize better and have a sweeter flavor.

As I watched Maria work her magic in the kitchen, I couldn't help but think back to my own grandmother and the recipes she had passed down to me over the years. My grandmother was a wonderful cook, and she had taught me everything I knew about traditional Puerto Rican cuisine.

I remembered the countless hours I had spent by her side in the kitchen, watching her chop vegetables, mix spices, and simmer stews on the stove. She had always encouraged me to experiment with new recipes and flavors, pushing me to expand my culinary horizons and create dishes that were uniquely my own.

As Maria finished cooking the caramelized plantains, she placed them on a serving platter and sprinkled them with a touch of sea salt. The plantains looked absolutely delicious, with their sticky-sweet caramel coating glistening in the light.

I couldn't wait to taste them, and when I finally did, I was blown away by the rich, decadent flavor of the dish. The plantains were perfectly caramelized, with a subtle hint of cinnamon and a buttery sweetness that melted in my mouth.

I thanked Maria for sharing her grandmother's recipe with me, and as I left her house that day, I knew that this dish would become a new favorite in my own kitchen. I couldn't wait to recreate it for my family and friends, sharing the delicious flavors of Puerto Rican cuisine with those I loved.

And so, the recipe for caramelized plantains became a cherished part of my culinary repertoire, a reminder of the day I stumbled upon a new and delicious dish in the warm kitchen of a dear friend. My grandmother's spirit lived on in every bite, guiding me as I continued to explore the world of cooking and create dishes that brought joy and warmth to those around me.


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