How to Boil Plantains


A close relative of bananas, plantains are a smaller fatter version of this elongated seedless fruit. Boasting a similar composition and nutritional value, plantains are cooked before consumption in one fashion or another, unlike bananas which can be peeled and consumed raw. Boiling plantains is a simple process that prepares them to be used in soups, stews, and whatever dish calls for it.

Things You'll Need

  • Vegetable scrubber
  • Pot
  • Colander
  • Tongs
  • Separate plantains from the bunch and wash them under cool running water. Use a vegetable scrubber to help remove any dirt or debris.

  • Bring a pot of water to boil on the stove with enough water to completely submerge the plantains.

  • Place the plantains into the pot gently making sure they are completely covered by the water.

  • Boil the plantains for 15 to 20 minutes. Test them for tenderness by poking them with a fork.

  • Pour the plantains into a colander or remove them from the hot water with tongs.

Tips & Warnings

  • Plantains can be boiled peeled or unpeeled.

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