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Baking and Air Frying Unripe Green Plantains

You eat green plantains and cook the same as eating potatoes. Green and yellow plantains are the same, the yellow ones are ripe, and the green are unripe.

Green plantains are eaten during weddings, funerals and other traditional ceremonies as well as every day breakfast, lunch and dinner recipes.

Plantains are grown in more than 120 countries to make recipes such as beer, fufu, desserts, banana chips, tostones, cooked with water, meat, fish, palm oil, salt, spices and other tasty plantain recipes.

Both the ripe yellow plantain and unripe green plantain are peeled and cooked in boiling water or sauces, this is the most common cooking and eating recipe and is common in most plantain growing countries in Africa.

Unripe fried green plantain chips are life.

When you see a green plantain think of recipes you would use a potato. Fried Nigerian Kpekere pronounced k-per-re are unripe green plantains sliced thin, fried in oil and sprinkled with salt served as a snack, think potato chips. 

Fried Green Plantain Chips Are Life
Fried green plantain chips are life.

Fried Green Plantain Chips.


3 green plantains peeled sliced thin.

1/2 teaspoon salt.

Palm oil for frying.


In a frying pan with just enough oil to allow plantains to float, over medium high heat, heat oil then fry plantains until golden brown on both sides. Drain on absorbent paper, sprinkle with salt and serve and eat as you would potato chips.

After you make you plantain chips make some Ginger Beer to drink with your crisp chips.

African Ginger Beer Made at Home.

Baking and Air Frying Unripe Green Plantains.

For a lower fat recipe, bake or air fry green plantains. Make sure the green plantains are placed in a single layer so the crispiness you crave shines through. Baking green plantains in the oven or air fryer results in crispy chips without most of the calories and fat so would frying. Oil sprays or mists are great for baking and air frying foods because it coats ingredients evenly. You also use less, which is healthier. 

Baked and Air Fry Nigerian Kpekere Green Plantains.


3 green plantains peeled sliced thin.

1/2 teaspoon salt.

Olive spray oil.


Preheat oven to 350 degrees the on a parchment sheet arrange thinly sliced green plantains in a single layer, mist with oil and sprinkle with salt. Bake until golden and crispy, 30 to 35 minutes in the oven and 10 minutes in an air fryer flipping plantains halfway through. Remove when it is crispy to your liking. Eat as you would potato chips.

What is a crisp plantain chip without some dip? Still delicious but here are dip recipes to turn to when your green plantain chips are a little boring.

Spicy Carrot Apple Oelek Sambal

Dip idea for fried and baked plantain chips.

Tomato salsa.


Spinach Artichoke Dip.

Pico de Gallo.

Roasted Garlic Dip.

Spicy Carrot Apple Sambal.

Tahini Dip.

Beer Dip.

Ranch Dressing.

Onion Dip.

Creamy Dill Dip.


Blue Cheese.

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