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How to make Patacones (Tostones) - fried green plantains

Tostones (Patacones)

Author: Michele Spring
Servings: 2 -3
Tostones, aka Patacones (fried green plantains) make the most delicious crunchy snack or side dishl. Only 3 ingredients and they're Paleo, AIP, Whole30, gluten-free, and dairy-free, and nut-free.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 25 mins


  • 2 green plantains
  • 4 to 6 tbsp 56 to 84 g fat of choice (coconut oil, lard or avocado oil)
  • Coarse sea salt
  • 1 to 2 tbsp 1 to 2 g chopped fresh cilantro, for garnish (optional)


  • Slice the tips off the plantains with a knife, then cut 1 or 2 slits in the skin down the length of the plantain. If the peel does not lift off easily you can loosen it by soaking the plantains in a bowl of water with about 1 tablespoon (6 g) of salt for 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Slice the peeled plantain crosswise into disks to 1 inch (2 to 2.5 cm) wide.
  • In a large skillet, heat your fat of choice over medium heat until shimmering, 3 to 5 minutes. Carefully add the disks to the heated fat, cooking on each side for 2 to 4 minutes, or until they have turned a darker, more golden color. Do not allow to brown.
  • Remove the disks from the oil and flatten, using a tostone press (recommended) or a sturdy glass/jar or flat meat mallet. If using a tostone press, place the disk in the recessed circle and then clamp down the lid on top.
  • Return the flattened plantain disks to the hot oil and fry for an additional 2 to 3 minutes on each side, or until crispy and browned. You will likely need to work in batches to fry the flattened disks.
  • Add extra cooking fat as needed, because these will absorb quite a bit of fat as they cook. Top with a sprinkling of coarse sea salt and a garnish of cilantro and serve immediately; tostones do not reheat well. Serve with your favorite main dish.


This dish is AIP compliant: No adjustments necessary!
Recipe Reprinted with permission from Latin American Paleo Cooking by Amanda Torres with Milagros Torres, Page Street Publishing Co. 2017.
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: AIP, gluten free, Paleo, Whole30
Keyword: AIP, dairy free, gluten free, latin american, nut free, Paleo, Whole30
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