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How to Make Tostones

Learn how to make succulent Tostones (fried green plaintains) with just three ingredients and a few easy steps!!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Latina
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 12 tostones
Calories 68kcal


  • 2 large green plantains, peeled and cut into 2- inch slices
  • 2 cups vegetable oil for frying, or enough so that the disks will be halfway submerged in the oil. (see notes)
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse salt


  • Heat the oil to 325º F in a medium skillet or frying pan. Once the oil is hot, fry the plantain slices for approximately 3 to 5 minutes, turning once. They should be lightly softened and browned. Remove the plantains and drain on paper towels.
  • Place fried plantains over a cutting board and smash them into flat rounds to about half their thickness. You can use a plantain press or the back of a small plate to smash them. Just place a plate over the fried plantains and press down.
  • Let the oil come back to a high temperature. Fry the rounds in the hot oil for 2 minutes, or deep golden color and crispy texture on both sides. Remove and drain on paper towels to absorb excess oil. Sprinkle with coarse salt.
  • Serve plain or top them with your favorite toppings.


IMPORTANT: Green plantains can stain your clothing and fingernails so handle it carefully. 
You can use any other light-tasting oil to fry the tostones. 
Tostones are best served immediately, but they may be made 1 day in advance, let them cool completely and then wrapped them well in plastic wrap and foil.
To reheat, place tostones on a rack in a shallow baking pan in a preheated 450°F oven for 3 to 4 minutes, or until they are heated through. You can also reheat in the microwave but they might lose the crispiness. 
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Please note that nutritional information is a rough estimate and it can vary depending on the products used.


Calories: 68kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 50mg | Potassium: 149mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 335IU | Vitamin C: 5.5mg | Calcium: 1mg | Iron: 0.2mg