Bananas Flambe Recipe

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  • 25 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins,
  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Yield: 4 servings bananas flambé

Bananas flambé makes an impressive presentation with the lights off because rum is flamed to finish this simple banana dessert dish popular in the French Caribbean. 

Be sure to read the flambé tips before beginning this recipe that is similar to the New Orleans dessert known as bananas Foster. Read more about it below.

What You'll Need

  • 2 Bananas
  • 2 tablespoons sunflower oil
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 cup white rum
  • 1 Lime, squeezed

How to Make It

  1. Peel and halve each banana lengthwise.
  2. Heat the oil in a frying pan over medium heat.
  3. Brown the bananas 5 minutes on each side.
  4. Add the sugar and pour in the rum. Cook for 2 minutes. Flambé.
  5. Sprinkle with lime juice and serve at once.

Source: "French Caribbean Cuisine" by Stephanie Ovide (Hippocrene Books)

Bananas Foster

Bananas Foster was created at New Orlean's Brennan's Restaurant in the 1950s. It is similar to the above recipe in that firm-ripe bananas are sliced lengthwise and sautéed.

But butter is used, not oil, along with dark-brown sugar, dark rum, lemon juice and banana liqueur. It is flambéed and served with vanilla ice cream. The dessert was named after a loyal Brennan's customer, Richard Foster.

More Flambéed Recipes

It's not just desserts that get the flame treatment in classic cuisine. Many entrées are prepared that way as well.

  • Steak Diane RecipeTender filet mignon steaks in a rich mushroom-herb cream sauce are flambéed in this classic restaurant recipe usually prepared tableside.
  • Veal Marsala Recipe: It's wine, not brandy, that fuels the flames in this classic dish of Parmesan-coated tender veal cutlets that take practically no time to prepare.
  • Flaming Greek Cheese RecipeSaganaki is a delicious appetizer of floured kasseri or kefalotiri cheese that is warmed in butter and lemon juice and then set afire with Cognac.
  • Swedish Glogg Recipe: In this recipe, it's a beverage that goes up in flames. Brandy and vodka combined with fruit, juice, nuts, port wine and spices are flamed to make a delicious and warming cold-weather drink.
  • Christmas Rum Pudding Recipe: It wouldn't be the holidays in the U.K. without this classic steamed pudding laced heavily with rum and aged for 30 days or more and flamed right before serving with hard sauce.
  • Cherries Jubilee RecipeHere's another classic dessert of warmed fruit ignited with a liquor, in this case, ​kirsch, and served over vanilla ice cream like bananas Foster.
  • Pineapple Rum Flambé Recipe:  This dessert couldn't be simpler. Pineapple slices are sautéed in butter and brown sugar and then flamed with rum. The slices can be served as is with pan sauce or over pound cake or vanilla ice cream (see a trend here?).