How to Make Tostones

  • 01 of 04

    Heat the Oil and Peel the Green Plantain

    Sliced green plantains
    Ebarney/Flickr

     This photographic guide follows my tostones recipe.

    Heat the oil to 375 degrees F.

    While the oil is heating up, peel the green plantains and then cut them into 3/4-inch slices.

    Tip: If you don't know how to peel a green plantain, follow my photographic guide on How To Peel a Plantain.

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  • 02 of 04

    Fry the Slices

    Fry the Slices
    Fry the Slices. © 2006 Hector Rodriguez

    Fry the slices in the hot oil for 3 minutes. They should be a light golden color and semi-soft.

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  • 03 of 04

    Smash Into Rounds and Refry

    Smash Into Rounds
    Smash Into Rounds. © 2006 Hector Rodriguez

    Remove the plantain slices with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Maintain the oil’s temperature.

    When the plantain slices are cool enough to handle (about 1 minute), smash them into flat rounds.

    Fry the rounds in the hot oil for 3 minutes. They will turn crisp and golden brown.

    Tip: If you don't have a tostonera, like the one shown in the photo, you can use a meat mallet or large bottom cup to flatten the rounds.

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  • 04 of 04

    Drain on Paper Towels

    Drain on Paper Towels & Serve
    Drain on Paper Towels and Serve. © 2006 Hector Rodriguez

    Remove the tostones with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Salt to taste.