Fried Bananas

Do you ever find yourself with a kitchen full of rapidly ripening bananas? You buy a big bunch, eager for them to yellow–and by the time they finally do you feel disinterested and overwhelmed? It happens to all of us.

Usually the solution is to make banana bread or muffins. Or a smoothie. But you can get tired of the same-old fixings.

This time I tried to fry my many ripe bananas. I have a very vivid memory of a Sesame Street segment from when I was little and a little girl (from Puerto Rico? The Philippines? Not sure…) cooking fried plantains with her parents. So I Googled fried bananas and found a Thai fried banana recipe–looks like it’s usually a dessert, but it also makes a tasty breakfast.


1/2 cup white rice flour

2 tablespoons tapioca flour

2 tablespoons sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/3 cup shredded coconut

1/2 cup water

3 to 4 bananas

Oil for frying



1. In a medium bowl, mix the rice flour, tapioca, sugar, salt and coconut. Stir in the water, a little at a time, and mix to form a thick batter.

2. Peel the bananas and cut into 3 or 4 pieces. Heat oil in a deep-fryer, deep wok or deep pan.

3. Coat each banana slice in batter, then fry in hot oil until golden. Drain on a paper towel and serve at once drizzled in honey.

Tip: If you have extra batter leftover, or want to smash a banana, try making these banana fritters by simply frying the batter (with or without smashed banana mixed in).



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Categories: Breakfast, Dessert


Became a voracious, unapologetic bookworm in 4th grade after reading the first three Harry Potter books. Have a thing for dystopias, young adult novels, classic literature and funny memoirs (re: Mindy Kaling / Tina Fey). English and journalism geek, media and pop culture critic, food writer and blogger, editor of an entertainment magazine. Hobbies include: my Netflix account, cooking, gardening, music, art and hiking.


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